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10:45 AM ET, February 7, 2012

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Reuters:
U.S. authorities looking into Murdoch foreign payments  —  (Reuters) - U.S. authorities are stepping up investigations, including an FBI criminal inquiry, into possible violations by employees of Rupert Murdoch's media empire of a U.S. law banning corrupt payments to foreign officials such as police …
Discussion: Guardian
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Henry Clarke Price / @henrycp:
Gordon Rayner / Telegraph:   Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre to be recalled to Leveson Inquiry
BBC:   Leveson Inquiry: Press watchdog ‘made a scapegoat’
Lucy Battersby / Sydney Morning Herald:
Video easy: HBO takes a $10m investment in Quickflix  —  THE US television company HBO is investing $10 million in the Australian entertainment market, taking out a 16 per cent stake in the video subscription service Quickflix.  HBO will receive 83.3 million preference shares at 12¢ …
Discussion: Crikey and Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal:
Disney's ABC, Univision Mull News-Channel Launch  —  Walt Disney Co. and Univision Communications Inc. are in talks to create a new 24-hour cable-news channel that will broadcast in English, in an effort to keep pace with changing demographics among U.S. Hispanics and reach a new audience of English speakers …
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
The ABC News-Univision game change  —  The talks between Disney and Univision have set media tongues wagging in anticipation of a new 24-hour news network that would compete with CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News, and would likely have major ramifications for the cable news industry and for the national political discourse.
Discussion: TVNewser
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
No Ads, No Madonna But NBC Calls Live Stream A Success  —  It had never been tried before: a live, legal Internet stream of television's biggest event, the Super Bowl.  —  Despite some complaints from users, NBC declared it to be a success on Monday and said it would report the total number of streams on Tuesday.
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Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
McClatchy Beats Earnings Predictions, Touts Digital Investments  —  McClatchy (NYSE: MNI) Company's fourth quarter operating earnings beat analysts' predictions, while the newspaper chain also reported an overall boost from investments in online properties like Cars.com and Apartments.com.
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Dale Kasler / Sacramento Bee:
McClatchy reports higher quarterly profits as signs show revenue slump easing  —  The McClatchy Co. reported higher quarterly profits today amid signs that its lengthy revenue slump is easing.  —  Sacramento-based McClatchy, which owns The Bee, said income from continuing operations rose …
Erin Griffith / PandoDaily:
IAC Trying to Sell Vimeo, Seeking $300M Valuation  —  Barry Diller's IAC is testing the waters on a partial exit of Vimeo, according to two sources familiar with the situation.  The company is hoping to raise a $50 million round of funding in conjunction with a spin off of the hipster online video business.
Discussion: Betabeat
Betsy Rothstein / FishbowlDC:
Morning Brouhaha: Roland Responds  —  Late last night, CNN Analyst and Washington Watch Host Roland Martin issued a “Final Thoughts” statement on the Super Bowl controversy that has thrown a wet blanket over him for the past 48 hours.  In it, he explains that the LGBT community has accused him of supporting violence against gays.
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
At CNN, is homophobia a ‘viewpoint’?
Rebecca Shapiro / The Huffington Post:
CNN Pundit Under Fire From Gay Rights Groups
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Bay Citizen appoints interim CEO while awaiting word on merger  —  Chief Technology Officer Brian C. Kelley takes over as CEO of the San Francisco-based nonprofit news site after the former CEO, interim editor-in-chief and founding editor-in-chief all resigned in the last five months.
Discussion: The Bay Citizen
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Debunking the “original sin” of online newspapers  —  Whenever newspaper executives get together to bemoan the fate of their industry, someone inevitably brings up the so-called “original sin” of the online news business — namely, a failure to charge for content when the web was new.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals, Thanks:@mathewi
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Paul Dacre: Bad journalists should be ‘struck off’  —  Britain's longest-serving national newspaper editor has outlined radical plans to create a register of journalists under a new press regulator that would also have the power to strike them off.  —  In evidence to the Leveson Inquiry this afternoon …
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BBC:   Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre ‘knew of use of detectives’
 
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