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3:00 PM ET, October 29, 2012


 Top News: 
Charlie Osborne / CNET:
New York Times, Wall Street Journal shed paywalls for Hurricane Sandy  —  As people go online to get more information on Hurricane Sandy, news outlets are responding by making their content free.  —  Two major publications have stripped away their paywalls to give consumers unfettered access …
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Shows Go On for Letterman and Fallon, but Kimmel's Brooklyn Broadcast Won't  —  The arrival of Hurricane Sandy changed plans Monday for several television shows that tape in New York.  —  ABC's Jimmy Kimmel, who had planned a week of shows from Brooklyn, will not go forward with Monday night's show, he announced about noon.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Hurricane Sandy Media Coverage Competes With Final Week Of 2012 Election  —  NEW YORK — On Monday, CNN plans to kick off its end-of-the-election series, “The Final Battlegrounds,” with over two-dozen correspondents dispatched across eight pivotal states for the 2012 campaign's eight remaining days.
Dave Larsen / Dayton Daily News:
DirecTV launches Hurricane Sandy info channel
Discussion: Cable Television News
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Penguin revenues declined in 2012, says Pearson  —  Pearson's confirmation that it is offloading Penguin comes as it revealed that the book publisher's revenues declined 2% in the first nine months of 2012, despite healthy growth in its ebook business.  The company confirmed on Monday …
Jessica Hodgson / Wall Street Journal:
Penguin, Random House Ink Deal  —  LONDON—Pearson PLC and Bertelsmann A.G., two of the world's biggest media groups, agreed Monday on a plan to combine their book-publishing operations, Random House and Penguin.  —  German media giant Bertelsmann said Monday that it plans to create …
The Week:
Murdoch snubbed as Penguin Random House deal is struck
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Anderson Cooper Talk Show Won't Return for a Third Season  —  The syndication arm of the Warner Brothers studio has decided that there will not be a third season of “Anderson,” the daily talk show hosted by Anderson Cooper.  —  Citing disappointing ratings, a studio executive …
Media Decoder:
Times Reaches Tentative Deal With Newspaper Guild  —  The New York Times said Sunday night that it had reached a tentative agreement with the Newspaper Guild, setting the stage for a new labor contract after more than 18 months of negotiations.  —  In a message to the staff, the executive editor …
Jim Romenesko:
New York Times and union reach ‘conceptual agreement’ on 5-year contract  —  Newspaper Guild of New York president Bill O'Meara sends this email: The Guild and The Times have reached conceptual agreement on a new five-year contract.  The tentative compromise reached late today with the aid …
Sky News:
Jimmy Savile: Thompson's Office ‘Was Warned’  —  The Jimmy Savile child abuse allegations were flagged up to the office of former BBC boss Mark Thompson at least twice, according to new claims.  —  The then director-general's office was formally alerted by journalist Miles Goslett …
Alex Diaz / Press Association:   Investigation into BBC's ‘culture’ during Jimmy Savile era to start
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
FT digital subs pass 300,000, growing readership and revenue  —  Most Financial Times readers are now digital subscribers, after another spurt in online subs pushed the publisher to 313,000 digital subscribers this September.  —  The 17 percent annual subs jump means FT Group has a combined print …
Paul Krugman:
The War on Objectivity  —  Brad DeLong points me to this National Review attack on Nate Silver, which I think of as illustrating an important aspect of what's really happening in America.  —  For those new to this, Nate is a sports statistician turned political statistician …
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