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4:30 PM ET, September 20, 2012

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 Top News: 
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Sky might be ‘fit and proper’, but Ofcom has harsh words for James Murdoch  —  The media regulator may given BSkyB the all-clear, but it criticised Murdoch over his handling of the hacking scandal  —  Harsh words for James Murdoch from Ofcom, as the regulator concluded that BSkyB was a …
Discussion: AdAge
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Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
BSkyB: Ofcom's ruling in depth
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
British Regulator Declares BSkyB ‘Fit and Proper’
Discussion: Telegraph and Associated Press
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:   BSkyB CEO Touts Original Content Push, Says Won't Need to Acquire Production Firm
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
In New Policy, The Times Forbids After-the-Fact ‘Quote Approval’  —  The New York Times is drawing “a clear line” against the practice of news sources being allowed to approve quotations in stories after the fact.  —  The practice, known as quote approval, “puts so much control over the content …
Jessica Wohl / Reuters:
Exclusive: Wal-Mart stops selling Amazon Kindles  —  (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc will no longer sell Amazon.com Inc's Kindle products, making it the second major chain to stop selling Amazon's devices, as the world's largest retailer makes a bet that consumers are more interested in other gadgets.
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Time Warner CEO Explains Why He Doesn't Care About Selling HBO To Cord-Cutters (Or Old Folks)  —  If cord-cutters were a political party, the first plank of their platform would be the right to subscribe to HBO directly over the internet without signing up for cable or satellite TV service.
Discussion: Deadline.com
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Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
HBO CEO Bill Nelson retiring, Richard Plepler to succeed him
Discussion: The Wrap and Media Decoder
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Mediafed Snaps Up News Aggregation App Taptu  —  It's tough being a news reader app.  You've got competition on every side while you fight for distribution, not to mention staving off media company lawsuits, all the while trying to figure out how to monetize.
Zach Carter / The Huffington Post:
Universal-EMI Merger Could Yield New Mega-Label To Threaten The Future Of Music  —  WASHINGTON — Today, music lovers have more ways than ever before to access their favorite songs and discover artists they've never heard of.  Can't live another minute without “Call Me Maybe”?
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
BuzzFeed (yes, BuzzFeed) begins search for ‘longform editor’  —  BuzzFeed, the viral meme generator founded by Jonah Peretti and brought to prominence in the “real news” cycle by editor-in-chief Ben Smith, is now advertising the position of “longform editor”—someone “who can assign …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Journal Register likely to reduce print frequency at some papers  —  The new slimmed-down Journal Register company, being pieced together in a bankruptcy proceeding, is likely to eliminate at least some daily print editions at several of its 20 dailies.  —  “I would consider and am considering …
Jim Romenesko:
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Apple and publishers subpoena Amazon in ebook pricing case  —  Apple wants the Department of Justice to turn over the interviews it conducted with Amazon employees as part of the ebook pricing lawsuit.  In an August filing, Apple wrote, “Amazon was the driving force behind the Government's investigation …
Discussion: iDownloadBlog.com
Sarah Marshall / Journalism.co.uk:
Google News introduces hidden keyword metatag  —  Publishers will be able to add up to 10 keywords or short phrases to tell the Google crawler what a news article is about  —  Google has announced a new metatag called “news_keywords” to allow digital journalists to add up to 10 keywords or phrases …
Discussion: Big News Network.com
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Harper's Hires an ‘Anti-Economist’  —  Harper's basically hasn't changed since 1984.  But next month's issue of the highbrow magazine will feature a shake up that Harper's readers may notice.  For the first time in the magazine's 165 years, there will be a business commentary column.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Advance's Donald Newhouse among nation's richest people  —  Donald Newhouse is the 51st-richest person in the United States, Forbes reports.  The magazine places the Advance Publications chief's net worth at $6.6 billion.  His brother, Conde Nast Chairman Si Newhouse, Jr., places a little higher …
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Knight News Challenge winner will make historical election data easily accessible  —  The winners of the latest Knight News Challenge announced today include a collaboration between developers at The New York Times and The Washington Post to create a free, comprehensive database of past U.S. election results.
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Second Israeli Video Provider to Drop CNN International  —  Israeli satellite TV company YES is planning to drop CNN International December 31, unless a new arrangement between the two companies is reached.  YES controls approximately 39% of Israel's multichannel video marketplace, so the loss would be a substantial one.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
NBC News and Obama's ‘redistribution’ video  —  Following a few hours of internal confusion yesterday, NBC News obtained exclusive access to the full-length video of Barack Obama's remarks at Loyola University in 1998 — all but defusing the Mitt Romney campaign's efforts to use a brief clip …
Victoria Thieberger / Reuters:
Australia's old media outstripped as online boosts ad share  —  (Reuters) - A pack of new media specialists in Australia has surpassed many of the country's newspapers and television networks in size after diverting away the precious advertising dollars that have sustained the old guard for decades.
Dan Amira / New York Magazine:
Fox & Friends Possibly Unaware of Google  —  It's an age-old debate: Why is Fox & Friends so bad at reporting things that are, you know, true?  Is it because they are intentionally trying to dupe their viewers?  Or is it because they are simply too lazy and/or simpleminded to confirm …
 
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Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
NPR, other news orgs tighten comment moderation to improve conversation
Discussion: MinnPost and NPR
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
NI chief tries to boost Sun morale
Jim Romenesko:
National Review: By the way, our Obama cover was altered
Discussion: Politico and @thegarance
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Fox Closes In on New Baseball Deal
Discussion: B&C
Jim Romenesko:
Circulation up at the ‘new’ Orange County Register
PressGazette:
Mail Online surges past 100m browsers in August
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk and Guardian
 Earlier Picks: 
James Temple / The Technology Chronicles:
Social media moguls take hit on Forbes 400 list
Discussion: Time and Forbes
Spencer E. Ante / Wall Street Journal:
Former TechCrunch Editor Erick Schonfeld To Run DEMO
TheLensNola.org:
The Lens hires prizewinner Tyler Bridges to cover public policy
Eddie Scarry / FishbowlDC:
Attribution Problem: AP Swipes Story From The Hill
Kevin J. O'Brien / New York Times:
Agreement Could End Europe's E-Book Price-Fixing Inquiry
Jim Romenesko:
Talent exchange at the Washington Post
Alan D. Mutter / Reflections of a Newsosaur:
Is there a tomorrow for USA Today?
Discussion: Gannett Blog