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12:45 PM ET, January 24, 2012


 Top News: 
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Is Julian Assange's Talk Show For Real?  —  Larry King...Charlie Rose...Julian Assange?  —  Well, maybe.  The voluble, volatile Wikileaks founder is getting his own talk show, or so he says.  Beginning in March, Assange will be “hosting a series of in-depth conversations with key political players …
Jamie Condliffe / Gizmodo:
Julian Assange Is Getting His Own TV Show  —  Julian Assange has announced that he's going to have his own TV show, where he'll interview “key political players, thinkers and revolutionaries”, and it's going to be hitting the screens in spring.  Is there anything this man won't do?
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
ABC News and Yahoo! Launch New Political Web Shows  —  ABC News's partnership with Yahoo! has resulted in several new web shows launching this week.  —  Two of the shows are extensions of long-running blogs from George Stephanopoulos and Jake Tapper.  “George's Bottom Line” …
Discussion: FishbowlDC and Media Buyer Planner
Mallary Jean Tenore / Poynter:   How ABC News built a top social media presence with a small dedicated team
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
More questions for Mahmood to answer at his Leveson recall  —  Mazher Mahmood is due to to reappear before the Leveson inquiry tomorrow.  —  Guido Fawkes may well be correct in saying that the Fake Sheikh has been recalled because of my blog item, The real reason Mazher Mahmood left the Sunday Times under a cloud.
Joel Gunter /
John Kampfner: Westminster lobby coverage ‘extraordinarily pliant’  —  Index on Censorship chief tells Leveson inquiry that the UK media is ‘fundamentally weak’ and urges judge not to ‘go down the statutory route’ on regulation reform  —  John Kampfner, chief executive of free speech NGO Index …
Discussion: Guardian
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Gannett Goes Long With Acquisition Of Fantasy Sports Ventures  —  Gannett (NYSE: GCI) Co. has bought The Big Lead and a family of other sports blogs.  The company hopes the acquisition, when combined with its existing USA Today properties, will vault it into the major leagues of the online sports scene.
Discussion: Poynter
Jim Hopkins / Gannett Blog:
Memo: GCI to reveal new model for weak USCP; plan could be biggest news revamp in five years
Discussion: AllThingsD
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Jon Miller, News Corp.: It's All About Video For Us Right Now  —  Jon Miller, the chief digital officer for News Corporation (NSDQ: NWS), described his company's digital strategy today as very “focused on video”, with a view that even properties that come from a print tradition should be producing more video content than they are today.
Discussion: Future of Journalism, Epicenter and CJR
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
David Kenny Replacing Mike Kelly As CEO Of The Weather Channel Companies  —  In a surprise move, The Weather Channel Companies is swapping out CEOs.  David Kenny is replacing Mike Kelly as CEO effective immediately; the Akamai-Digitas vet also will be chairman of the company owned by a consortium …
Jay Yarow / Business Insider:   Yahoo Board Member David Kenny Is Going To Be CEO Of The Weather Channel
Chris Foresman / Ars Technica:
iBooks Author EULA restrictions invite antitrust concerns  —  Apple's end user license agreement for the iBooks Author app has generated extensive controversy among authors and publishers.  Namely, the agreement restricts paid distribution of “works” created with the software to the iBookstore only.
Discussion: Daring Fireball
Jason Del Rey / AdAge:
Social TV Startup Bluefin Labs Lands $12 Million Investment  —  A Bet That Social Data Will Become Essential for TV Marketers  —  If there's any doubt that social TV is poised to become big business, Bluefin Labs is trying to put that to rest.  The Cambridge, Massachusetts social-analytics startup …
Discussion: Adweek and Future of Journalism
Elana Zak / 10,000 Words:
Surprise As ProPublica Image Posted On Facebook Goes Viral  —  The next time you log onto Facebook to post your latest article, think twice about what you share.  Instead of copying in the link, why not share an image from the story instead?  —  That method worked well for ProPublica.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
E-Book Bummer: Growth Slower Than Thought—'Incremental, Not Exponential'  —  2011 is widely perceived as a year of outrageous e-book growth, but some new research suggests otherwise.  According to new data from Bowker and the Book Industry Study Group, the number of book buyers who also purchased …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
The Deal Professor, the New York Times and M&A coverage  —  TALKING BIZ NEWS EXCLUSIVE  —  Last year, New York Times tech columnist David Pogue was criticized for agreeing to make an appearance at a paid event for a public relations firm related to the tech industry.
Discussion: Poynter
Patrick Smith / TheMediaBriefing:
Has blogging queen Huffington really failed in the UK?  —  It's been a long-running discussion among UK online journalism enthusiasts over why blogging didn't develop the same way it has in the US.  For all the Guido Fawkes and Mumsnets we have, there isn't much to match Gawker, Techcrunch …
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Updated: Can HuffPo Pull Off A Double Whammy With A New Video News Service?
Discussion: New York Times
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales: MPAA CEO Christopher Dodd should be fired  —  Speaking about Wikipedia's blackout and further support to abolish the controversial SOPA and PIPA bills, Jimmy Wales went on record at the DLD Conference in Munich to call out Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) …
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