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1:00 PM ET, November 12, 2012


 Top News: 
Crisis at the BBC - live updates  —  Helen Boaden and Stephen Mitchell step aside  • Tim Davie to set out plans to rebuild trust in BBC  • Announcement expected on Newsnight's future  • Row over George Entwistle's £450,000 payout
BBC head of news ‘steps aside’  —  The BBC's director of news and her deputy have “stepped aside”, the BBC understands.  —  The move by Helen Boaden and Steve Mitchell comes after director general George Entwistle quit on Saturday.  —  The BBC said it was not commenting yet, but there will be an announcement within hours.
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Mark Thompson, the BBC Scandal and the Future of The New York Times  —  Incoming New York Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson has repeatedly insisted he didn't know the details of a massive child abuse scandal brewing at his previous employer, the BBC, until it was too late, and no one has produced a smoking gun to prove otherwise.
Discussion: Guardian and
Nancy Tartaglione /
New NYT Chief Mark Thompson Says BBC Turmoil Will “Not In Any Way Affect My Job”
Discussion: Washington Post
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:   Times Company chairman welcomes Mark Thompson as BBC scandal widens
Boris Johnson / Telegraph:
Smearing an innocent man's name is the real tragedy here
Discussion: Guardian
Jessica Elgot / Huffington Post UK:   BBC Newsnight Crisis: Bureau Of Investigative Journalism Editor Iain Overton Quits
Emily Bell / CJR:
What's happening at the BBC
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Newsnight insiders fear it will not survive scandal
Discussion: Telegraph and Guardian
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
The Anti-Fox Gains Ground  —  On Tuesday night, with a minute to go until the polls closed in the battleground state of Virginia, the MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow and Chris Matthews received word through their earpieces that the state was too close to call, according to the election analysts at MSNBC's parent, NBC News.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
MSNBC rebuts Ezra Klein rumors  —  One rumor floating around town is that Ezra Klein, the Washington Post columnist and blogger, is going to get his own show on MSNBC.  —  Sources have floated the idea that Klein, an occasional guest host on the network, will take over in the 8 p.m. hour, which is currently occupied by Ed Schultz.
Discussion: Mediaite and New York Magazine
Michael Learmonth / AdAge:
YouTube Preps Big New Round of Content Investments  —  Some Partners Will Get Another Check; Others May Quietly Go Away  —  Nearly a year after YouTube sprinkled $100 million across the online video ecosystem to create more than a hundred new “channels,” it's doubling down.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Changing Channels: YouTube Will Pull the Plug on at Least 60 Percent of Its Programming Deals  —  YouTube has helped fund about 160 “channels” as part of a new strategy to make the video site more TV-like.  —  And just like the TV world, YouTube isn't going to renew all of last season's programs.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Vernon Loeb, Washington Post Editor And Co-Author Of Petraeus Biography, Silent On Scandal  —  NEW YORK — Vernon Loeb, a high-ranking Washington Post editor who served as Paula Broadwell's co-author for a favorable 2012 biography of Gen. David Petraeus, would presumably know something about her reporting on the now-former CIA director.
Discussion: Poynter
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Petraeus' Fallout for NewsBeast
Michael Hastings / BuzzFeed:
The Sins Of General David Petraeus
David Carr / New York Times:
Fox News's Election Coverage Followed Journalistic Instincts  —  It has been suggested, here and elsewhere, that Fox News effectively became part of the Republican propaganda apparatus during the presidential campaign by giving pundit slots to many of the Republican candidates and relentlessly advocating …
Kara Swisher / AllThingsD:
Demand Media Finally Breaks Away for Good From Lance Armstrong  —  In the midst of last week's earnings call, after the company had released strong results, Demand Media CEO and co-founder Richard Rosenblatt made an unusual declaration about its once-tight affiliation with now-disgraced professional racing cyclist Lance Armstrong.
Discussion: Forbes and Yahoo! News
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Google presses fair use case in book scanning appeal  —  Google renewed its claim that scanning 20 million books counts as a “fair use” under copyright law, and asked a federal appeals court to throw out a May ruling that let the Authors Guild go forward with a long-running class action case.
Discussion: WebProNews
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Nielsen's NM Incite Acquires SocialGuide To Measure The Impact Of Social TV  —  NM Incite, a social media analytics and research joint venture between Nielsen and McKinsey, just announced that it has acquired New York-based social TV startup SocialGuide.  —  SocialGuide's tools supposedly …
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Discussion: Forbes
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Discussion: Big News