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8:55 AM ET, February 9, 2012


 Top News: 
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Piers Morgan and Trinity Mirror journalist implicated by Mills at Leveson  —  Former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan and an un-named former Trinity Mirror journalist were implicated by evidence from Heather Mills to the hacking inquiry today.  —  The former wife of Paul McCartney revealed …
Discussion: Guardian
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Edmondson: ‘bullying’ at NoW under Coulson and Myler  —  Former News of the World editor Colin Myler oversaw a culture of bullying at the newspaper, according to former news editor Ian Edmondson.  Edmondson, who is involved in an employment tribunal against his former employer News International …
Andrew Pugh / Press Gazette:
Leveson: NoW spied on lawyers to gain ‘leverage’  —  The News of the World commissioned surveillance against two lawyers to gain “leverage” against them in legal actions, former news editor for the paper Ian Edmondson has told the Leveson Inquiry.  —  Former NoW lawyer Tom Crone instructed …
Owen Bowcott / Guardian:   NightJack blogger to sue the Times
The Independent:   Sunday Mirror chief authorised hacking, says blogger Guido Fawkes
Martin Beckford / Telegraph:
News International scandal: police paid £100,000 under false names
Guardian:   NI faces more than 50 new damages claims
Om Malik / GigaOM:
Why we are buying paidContent  —  First the news: Yes, the rumors are true.  We are indeed buying the assets of ContentNext Media from Guardian News & Media Limited.  And no, we are not disclosing the terms of the deal, except that we are buying the entire group of properties — …
Tim Carmody / Epicenter:
GigaOM Acquires PaidContent: Interview With GigaOM CEO Paul Walborsky  —  GigaOM founder and executive editor Om Malik.  Photo by Pinar Ozger, courtesy GigaOM  — is one of the longest-running news organizations chronicling the rise of new media.
Discussion: eMedia Vitals and PRWeb
Alexia Tsotsis / Techcrunch:
GigaOm Acquires PaidContent
Discussion: @tcarmody and AdAge
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN's Roland Martin suspended for homophobic tweets  —  On Super Bowl Sunday, Roland Martin of CNN issued some homophobic tweets that got him in trouble with gay organizations and this blog.  CNN stayed silent on the matter, until just moments ago, when it issued this statement:
Julie Moos / Poynter:
CNN's Roland Martin agrees to meet with GLAAD after homophobic tweets  —  Just hours after he was suspended from CNN for homophobic tweets sent during the Super Bowl, Roland Martin said he would meet with the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), which had been pushing for his firing since Sunday.
Discussion: GLAAD and
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN suspends Martin; not Loesch, Erickson  —  With its decision to suspend political contributor Roland Martin today for controversial statements he made on Twitter, CNN seems to have suggested that controversial comments made recently by other contributors — namely Dana Loesch and Erick Erickson — do not warrant the same punishment.
Discussion: Erik Wemple
Alfred Hermida /
Why Journalists Should Break News on Twitter  —  The world of journalism and Twitter is buzzing following Sky News's new policy on Twitter and the BBC's new guidance on breaking news.  —  Both organisations have told their journalists not to break news on Twitter.  Instead news should be first sent to the newsroom.
Discussion: Guardian and Future of Journalism
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Don't break stories on Twitter, BBC journalists told
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
To the BBC and others: Twitter is not your competition
Discussion: Guardian and Strange Attractor
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
News Corp.'s PhoneGate Tab Keeps Rising  —  News Corp. says investigations into the PhoneGate scandal cost it $87 million in the last quarter.  That's on top of a $91 million charge the company took when it shuttered the News of the World in the previous quarter.
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
News Corp. Q2 Profit Rises on Higher TV Fees
Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:
Chicago Tribune eyes price tag for online news  —  (Crain's) — The Chicago Tribune will begin charging online readers for access to content and is considering a “creative way” to do that, said Gerould Kern, the paper's editor.  —  “I think we will begin to charge in a selective way,” …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Mike Huckabee to Begin Radio Show  —  Rush Limbaugh will soon have a new radio rival: Mike Huckabee, the former Arkansas governor who ran for the Republican presidential nomination four years ago and thought about running again this year.  —  Instead, he will be running a radio show weekdays …
Discussion: Washington Post
NY Daily News:
‘Good Day’ co-anchor Greg Kelly to return to Channel 5 Friday morning  —  Had been off the air since Jan. 26 following rape allegations  —  Above, Greg Kelly seen Wednesday afternoon for the first time since a 28-year-old paralegal accused him of rape.  Kelly will return to ‘Good Day New York’ on Friday.
Jim Romenesko:
Patch to reduce staff, change editorial focus  —  A Patch insider tells Romenesko readers that the AOL-owned hyperlocal news sites plan to cut staff and freelance budgets and start producing “easy, quick-hitting, cookie-cutter copy.”  Examples: Best Ofs, and features like “What's happening to this vacant storefront?”
Peter Lauria / Reuters:
AOL hires chief content officer for troubled Patch
Jim Romenesko:   ‘There are no layoffs planned,’ says Patch
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
PCC director Stephen Abell departs  —  Stephen Abell, director of the Press Complaints Commission for the last two years, is leaving.  He will leave at the end of the month.  —  His departure, which has been under discussion for some time, is unsurprising given that the PCC will almost certainly be reconstituted.
Discussion: Digital Spy and Press Gazette
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Brauchli to Washington Post staff: More with less!  —  The news that the Washington Post is offering another round of buyouts only narrowly qualifies as news.  Just last month, after all, departing newsroom web boss Raju Narisetti told a group of journos that the Post would have to lose 100 newsroom slots in the next two years.
Jim Romenesko:
Notes from the Washington Post newsroom meeting
Discussion: City Desk and Forbes
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