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1:15 PM ET, January 11, 2012


 Top News: 
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
PBS ‘Frontline’ Planning News Corp. Exposé?  —  Fox News Channel's Geraldo Rivera was out to dinner with his old friend and colleague from ABC News, Lowell Bergman, when things turned quite sour.  Bergman is an esteemed journalist, having produced the now-infamous exposé of the tobacco companies for “60 Minutes.”
Discussion: Online Video News and FishbowlNY
Erik Larson / Bloomberg:
Rupert Murdoch's Wedding Singer Sues News Corp. Over Phone Hacking  —  The British pop star who sang at News Corp. (NWSA) Chairman Rupert Murdoch's wedding in 1999, when she was 13 years old, sued the company over claims its News of the World tabloid later hacked into her voice mails to get stories.
Discussion: Guardian and Bloomberg
John Plunkett / Guardian:
BSkyB axes Al Gore's Current TV from its pay-TV lineup  —  Sky makes ‘commercial decision’ to let go of documentary channel that has struggled for ratings  —  Al Gore's Current TV channel in the UK is facing closure after BSkyB - part owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation - axed it from its pay-TV lineup.
Discussion: National Review and @iburrell
Ian Burrell / @iburrell:   UK news-based TV channel Current, part of network set up by Al Gore, is facing closure because BSkyB is withdrawing funding, Current says
Jim Romenesko:
Letter to Romenesko: ‘Out came the non-competes’  —  So I see the famous non-compete (thanks to Michael Redding) has raised its ugly head following the sale of the NYT Regional group.
Julie Moos / Poynter:
NYT limited layoffs to 200 employees in sale to Halifax  —  In its deal to sell 16 regional papers to Halifax Media, The New York Times Co. limited layoffs to 10 percent of employees, according to an SEC filing from Dec. 27, 2011.  Since the New York Times Regional Group employed about 2,000 people …
Julie Moos / Poynter:   Confirmed: Halifax noncompete will not apply to New York Times Regional employees
Jim Romenesko:
Halifax waives non-compete clause for NYT Regional Media Group employees
Discussion: St. Petersburg Times
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Lawyer: Where's the journalist who leaves Halifax supposed to get a job?
Rachel McAthy /
Private investigator Steve Whittamore used by MoS after arrest  —  Mail on Sunday editor Peter Wright first became aware of the newspaper's use of the private investigator in ‘early 2004’, who he said was used until September that year  —  Peter Wright, the editor of the Mail on Sunday …
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Journalists' campaign-trail secrets revealed  —  NASHUA, N.H.  —  I've long suspected that if editors knew how little journalism occurs on the campaign trail, they would never pay our expenses.  —  Forget door-knocking.  In reality, it's more trainspotting.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
John Cassidy / The New Yorker:
In Defense of Political Journalists
Discussion: Poynter
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Weigh Relevance of TV Indecency Laws  —  WASHINGTON — In a rollicking Supreme Court argument that was equal parts cultural criticism and First Amendment doctrine, the justices on Tuesday considered whether the government still had good reason to regulate cursing and nudity on broadcast television.
Kat Stoeffel / The New York Observer:
Times Columnist Nicholas Kristof Building His Own FarmVille  —  New York Times op-ed columnist Nicholas Kristof is building a humanitarian Facebook game, according to a Q&A with Fast Company.  The game is pegged to the release of the TV documentary version of Half the Sky (the book he co-authored with his wife),
David D. Burstein / Fast Company:
The New York Times's Nick Kristof On Journalism In A Digital World And The Age Of Activism
Discussion: The New York Observer
Steven Church / Businessweek:
Dodgers End Bankruptcy Fight With Fox Over Media Rights  —  Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) — The bankrupt Los Angeles Dodgers ended their court fight with News Corp.'s Fox Sports over future television rights, removing the last major barrier to a sale of the Major League Baseball team.
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
‘CBS This Morning’ Premiere Posts Modest Ratings Gains  —  The revamped morning program with Charlie Rose and Gayle King is watched by 2.68 million viewers.  —  The revamped CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose and Gayle King joining Erica Hill, was watched by 2.68 million viewers for its debut on Monday …
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Why media outlets team up in an election year  —  We've reached the point in journalism where we barely bat an eye when two news organizations say they're joining forces.  Anything less than a merger is just not an earth mover these days, when egos, brands, unique audiences — all of the guarded …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Tracie Powell / Poynter:
Fort Myers man faces 5 years in prison for operating illegal radio station  —  Fort Myers police arrested Albert Knighten last month.  Charged with a felony, the 20-year military veteran now faces five years in prison, for operating an illegal radio station.
Mark Katches / California Watch:
Media partners pool resources to fund bullet train trip  —  When Fresno Bee business reporter Tim Sheehan boarded a plane for Spain in November, his trip signaled a new chapter of collaboration for a growing group of California news organizations.  —  Sheehan spent eight days abroad …
Discussion: LA Observed
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:
Here's How Amazon Is Telling Apple To Take Its 30% Cut Of eBook Sales And Stuff It  —  A year after Apple changed its rules about digital content sales for iOS applications, Amazon is striking back with its own work around for Kindle eBook sales on the iPad.
Suzanna Andrews / Vanity Fair:
The Mystery Woman Behind the Murdoch Mess  —  Rebekah Brooks was running the News of the World at 31, and Rupert Murdoch's entire British newspaper empire at 41.  A virtual member of the Murdoch family, close to Prime Ministers Blair, Brown, and Cameron, she relished her power—until the phone-hacking scandal took her down.
Discussion: Business Insider
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Exclusive: Hearst's Kang Joins Wenner Media As Chief Digital Officer  —  Wenner Media is filling the chief digital officer position that Michael Bloom left in November, after just six months on the job: David Kang, who was Hearst's creative director of content extensions for less than a year, will take on the role starting January 20.
Adam Sherk:
News Organizations on Google+: Which Pages Get the Most Engagement?  —  News organizations (along with businesses of all kinds) have been able to create official Google+ pages for a couple months now so I thought I'd check in and see how their pages are doing.
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Government loses bid to ban BBC terror interview  —  The BBC has won a High Court battle over the Government's refusal to allow it to film and broadcast an interview with a terror suspect who has been detained in the UK for more than seven years without trial.
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