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10:15 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.”
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 Eggerton / Multichannel News:
PEJ: Presidential Campaign Already Getting Too Much Coverage  —  But Result Mirrors Responses During Previous Campaign Primary Blitzes  —  According to the latest Project for Excellence in Journalism New Interest Index, 37% of respondents say there has already been too much coverage …
Discussion: Pew Research Center
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: Boston Phoenix and Poynter
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 …
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:   Paul Dacre had hand in accusing Hugh Grant of smears, Leveson inquiry hears
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
Did The Daily Launch Too Early?  —  News Corp.'s The Daily may have launched a year too early, but the company's perfectly okay with that.  —  Speaking on a panel at the Consumer Electronics Show on Monday, David Brinker, The Daily's Senior VP of Business Development and Operations …
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 …
Discussion: Poynter
Jim Romenesko:   Letter to Romenesko: ‘Out came the non-competes’
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.
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
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.
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.
Lucia Moses / Adweek:
These Condé Nast Editors in Chief Won't Be at Their Magazines Forever  —  These Condé Nast editors in chief won't be at their magazines forever.  A (premature) look at who's in the wings
Discussion: Media Week
Yinka Adegoke / Reuters:
Exclusive: Microsoft Web TV subscription plan on hold  —  (Reuters) - Microsoft Corp has put its talks with media companies about an online subscription service for TV shows and movies on hold, according to people familiar with the discussions.  —  The technology giant had been in intense talks …
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.
Noah Davis / Street Fight:
Gray Lady Takes the Local: Inside the NYT's Hyperlocal Efforts  —  Like many major media companies that have tried to go hyperlocal, the New York Times' efforts at small-scale online journalism have been notably mixed.  Its main initiative in recent years, The Local, (several small blogs focused …
Eric Kleefeld /
CNN Apparently Waives Its Own Debate Rules To Let Rick Perry In  —  CNN Apparently Waives Its Own Debate Rules To Let Rick Perry In  —  CNN now says that Rick Perry is being invited to their debate in South Carolina on January 19, two days before the big primary in which he hopes to make his last stand.
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 …
Foster Kamer / The New York Observer:
Awl City: The Awl Launches Awl Music, Tumblr-Powered Video-Radio Station for Awl Their Friends  —  Longreads-approved website The Awl—run by Radar, Observer, and Gawker expats Alex Balk and Choire Sicha—is coming up on its third anniversary!  Since they've launched, they've spun off three blogs …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Joshua Benton / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Gawker Media's new HD view makes a play for big monitors and a grander stage for video and photos.  —  Gizmodo, the popular gadget site and pageview king of Gawker Media, debuted a new look last night that they're calling HD view, and it's big.  Not big in the grand scheme of things — big in the number of pixels it takes up.
Discussion: Gizmodo
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Discussion: Mashable!
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Discussion: DealBook and Media Decoder
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Tablet as Time Machine: Old Magazine Issues Are Finding New Life on the iPad
Melissa Bell / Washington Post:
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Discussion: Big News
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Discussion: Techdirt
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