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9:50 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
Greg Farrell / Business Week:
Dinner at Rupert's  —  What happened on the fateful night last May when Rupert Murdoch decided how News Corp. would manage its phone-hacking scandal?  —  An artist's imagining of the dinner at Murdoch's townhouse based on multiple attendees' accounts  —  Photo illustration by Justin Metz
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’
Owen Bowcott / Guardian:
NightJack blogger to sue the Times
Discussion: Guardian
Martin Beckford / Telegraph:
News International scandal: police paid £100,000 under false names
The Independent:   Sunday Mirror chief authorised hacking, says blogger Guido Fawkes
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: The Huffington Post and GLAAD
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CNN suspends Martin; not Loesch, Erickson
Discussion: Big Journalism and Erik Wemple
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.
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
To the BBC and others: Twitter is not your competition  —  Just a day after Sky News told its journalists they should not post any kind of breaking news to Twitter — and also blocked them from retweeting anyone but an official Sky News account — the BBC has released a new version …
Alfred Hermida /
Why Journalists Should Break News on Twitter
Discussion: Guardian and Erik Wemple
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,” …
Jim Romenesko:
David Schlesinger to leave Thomson Reuters  —  After a quarter century, it's time for something new.  I've decided to leave Thomson Reuters in August.  —  It has been a great ride, firstly in editorial and latterly with a tremendous China team - wonderful people, great experiences, amazing stories.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
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: Media Decoder and Washington Post
Carly Carioli / Phlog:
Hi Bill Keller.  The New York Times just stole our column.  Should we sue?  —  Bill Keller: I heard you like copyright.  You wrote one provocative print column about it on Sunday, one blistering blog followup on Monday, and pointed to a third Times op-ed piece from Sunday (headline …
Dylan Stableford / Yahoo! News:
Rescued dog bites NBC anchor in the face during feel-good segment gone wrong  —  It was supposed to be one of those feel-good segments on a local television newscast: A rescued dog.  A grateful owner.  The hero firefighter who pulled the pulled the dog from the ice.  But that's not how it turned out.
Steve Myers / Poynter:
WHYY: Philadelphia Media Network killed two stories about potential buyer of company  —  Dave Davies writes that he has more evidence — a photo of the Inquirer's budget for the Tuesday paper — that the management of Philadelphia Media Network has quashed news stories about a potential buyer of the company.
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM and Off Mic
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?”
Jim Romenesko:   ‘There are no layoffs planned,’ says Patch
Anna Heim / The Next Web:
Amazon Prime subscribers will get access to Viacom TV shows  —  Amazon has closed a deal with the media conglomerate Viacom that will let its Prime subscribers stream new TV shows, the company announced today.  —  This announcement doesn't come as a surprise, and confirms recent rumors …
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Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
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Henry Clarke Price / @henrycp:
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Dylan Byers / Politico:
Reuters UK journalists will not strike
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