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8:45 PM ET, April 5, 2012


 Top News: 
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Current TV Disputes Reuters Report They're In Danger Of Being Dropped By Time Warner  —  In the PR war between Current TV and fired former Countdown host Keith Olbermann, the truth is the first casualty, say sources familar with the situation.  Reuters is reporting that several anonymous sources …
TMZ:   Keith Olbermann Sues Current TV: You Owe Me Roughly $70 Mil
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Matt Lauer to Stay With NBC's ‘Today’ Show  —  NBC News has signed Matt Lauer to a new multiyear contract to remain as the co-host of the “Today” show, addressing one of the division's most pressing issues.  —  The news will be announced formally on the air during the show Friday morning.
Sky News admits hacking emails of ‘canoe man’  —  Sky News has admitted that one of its senior executives authorised a journalist to conduct email hacking on two separate occasions that it said were “in the public interest” - even though intercepting emails is a prima facie breach of the Computer Misuse Act …
John Ryley / Sky News:
A CASE OF DOUBLE STANDARDS?  —  The Guardian today published an appraisal of a story story broadcast by Sky News almost four years ago.  In the 2008 case of Anne Darwin, whose “canoe man” husband John Darwin faked his own death as part of an insurance fraud, we provided the police with emails …
Discussion: National Updates and Reuters
Josephine Moulds / Guardian:   BSkyB shares plunge after Sky News admits email hacking
Nicholas Carlson / Business Insider:
Actually, Arianna Huffington Has Been Demoted  —  Despite a story in today's New York Times headlined: “Huffington Gains More Control in AOL Revamping,” Arianna Huffington has in recent weeks seen a “narrowing” of her job at AOL, a source close to AOL tells us.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Julian Assange's Talk Show Debuts Next Week; Watch the Promo  —  Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been known to make big promises that don't always pan out, but his plan to host a current events talk show on “Russia Today” doesn't seem to be one of them.
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Assange: PCC stood by as I was libelled
Discussion: BBC and
Adrienne LaFrance / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Wait — so how many newspapers have paywalls?  —  It can be hard to measure something that keeps growing.  —  Just over two weeks ago, the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism reported that there are roughly 150 dailies in the United States that now have some form of digital subscription service.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Gannett offers 594 buyouts, begins accepting offers this week  —  This February Gannett said it would offer buyouts to employees in its newspaper division.  In a memo to staff then, Bob Dickey, who is head of the company's U.S. community publishing division, said that 785 people met …
Discussion: Gannett Blog
Associated Press:
USA Today Begins More Staff Furloughs To Cut Costs
Discussion: MediaPost and JIMROMENESKO.COM
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Court Says Viacom vs. YouTube Copyright Fight Will Go Another Round  —  The long-running Viacom versus YouTube copyright fight will keep going a while longer: A federal court has overturned an earlier victory for Google and its giant video site, and has ordered the two sides to retry the case.
Rachel McAthy /
Leveson inquiry: Brooks granted core participant status  —  Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has been granted core participant status for module three of the inquiry  —  Brooks's previous application for core participant status in module one was rejected
Discussion: Guardian
Mark Sweney / Guardian:   NoW closure cost Murdoch nearly £250m
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Google: No more e-books for indie booksellers  —  Google is ending the program that allows independent booksellers to sell Google e-books through their websites.  It is a big blow for small bookstores seeking to compete against Amazon and Barnes & Noble.  —  The full letter that the American …
Tim Elfrink / Riptide 2.0:
Anders Gyllenhaal, Ex-Miami Herald Editor, Made Almost $1.3 Million at McClatchy Last Year  —  At the Miami Herald, staffers are facing two weeks of unpaid furloughs this year and a hiring freeze has left key jobs unfilled for months.  The paper's parent company, McClatchy …
Andrew Phelps / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A new framework for innovation in journalism: How a computer scientist would do it  —  What if journalism were invented today?  How would a computer scientist go about building it, improving it, iterating it?  —  He might start by mapping out some fundamental questions: What are the project's values and goals?
Newsosaur / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Newsroom staffing hits 34-year low  —  The number of journalists working at U.S. newspapers today is at the lowest point since the American Society of News Editors began its annual newsroom census in 1978.  —  Newspapers now employ 40,600 editors and reporters vs. a peak of 56,900 …
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Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
A Ratings Victory for ‘Good Morning America’
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Times and Sunday Times publisher cuts annual losses to £11.6m
Ian Simpson / Reuters:
One-fifth of U.S. adults read e-books as market booms - survey
Discussion: Pew Internet
Committee to Protect Journalists:
In deadly Mogadishu blast, 10 journalists wounded
Discussion: Guardian and New York Times
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Bill Marimow will take new approach to old job as Philadelphia Inquirer editor
SportsBusiness Daily:
Will Fox launch all-sports network?
Canada's CBC to cut jobs, take more ads as funds cut
 Earlier Picks: 
Katy Bachman / Adweek:
More Newspapers Hopeful About Paid Content, Thanks to Tablets
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
USA Today Bets on Adaptive Mobile
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
As TV Viewing Habits Change, Political Ads Adapt
Discussion: ABCNEWS and Guardian
Ryan Nakashima / Associated Press:
Newspapers erect pay walls in hunt for new revenue
Mathew Ingram / GigaOM:
Why digital-native media will (almost) always win
Jim Romenesko:
WSJ employees told to fill out code of conduct questionnaire
John Hudson / The Atlantic Wire:
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