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4:20 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
Gordon Rayner / Telegraph:   BBC turmoil worsens as Helen Boaden and Stephen Mitchell hire lawyers to deny they willingly ‘stepped aside’
Telegraph:   Newsnight report: basic journalistic checks missing
Hélène Mulholland / Guardian:
George Entwistle's BBC payoff is tough to justify, says government
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
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.
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
As Mark Thompson Starts New Job, the BBC's Implosion Is Felt in New York
Nancy Tartaglione /
NYT Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. Welcomes Former BBC Chief Mark Thompson As New CEO
Discussion: Washington Post
Ken Doctor / Newsonomics:
The New York Times and the Thompson Effect: Blow Over or Blowback?
Discussion: Guardian
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:   Times Company chairman welcomes Mark Thompson as BBC scandal widens
Aja Romano / Daily Dot:
Businessweek ranks schools on girls' hotness  —  Why did Businessweek think it was a good idea to poll its users about which college campuses have the hottest female students?  —  Easy: It has done it before and no one noticed.  —  This year, however, coming just after an election season full …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Businessweek: Polls of student attractiveness were “in poor taste”  —  Bloomberg Businessweek unpublished a feature over the weekend that asked the question “Which business school has the most attractive female students?”  —  “We regret issuing two online polls last week that asked our readers …
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.
Emma Bazilian / Adweek:
Petraeus' Fallout for NewsBeast
Michael Hastings / BuzzFeed:
The Sins Of General David Petraeus
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
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.
Daniel D'Addario / The New York Observer:
The Simpsons Mocks Karl Rove, Corporate Partner Fox News  —  The Simpsons, the venerable Fox network animated series, made light of Karl Rove's election night antics-attempting to un-call a decisively won election for President Obama-with an animated “chalkboard joke” at the beginning of last night's episode.
Discussion: The Wrap and
John Koblin / Deadspin:
How ESPN Ditched Journalism And Followed Skip Bayless To The Bottom: A Tim Tebow Story  —  In October, Doug Gottlieb, a radio host and basketball analyst who'd decamped for CBS the previous month after nine years with ESPN, went on The Dan Patrick Show and dropped something of a truth bomb about his time in Bristol:
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: CNET and WebProNews
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, Yahoo! News and VatorNews
Anna Heim / The Next Web:
The Wall Street Journal launches The Accelerators and Startup Journal to cover entrepreneurship  —  The Wall Street Journal is launching two new digital offerings to cover entrepreneurship and startups: The Accelerators and Startup Journal, the newspaper announced today.
Discussion: The Wrap
Shara Tibken / CNET:
Google makes more money from ads than print media combined  —  The search giant generated $10.9 billion in ad revenue in the first six months of 2012, while newspapers and magazines in the U.S. made $10.5 billion, according to Statista.  —  Google makes more money from advertising …
Discussion: Smarter Investing
Jessica Roy / Betabeat:
Look Out, New York: Randi Zuckerberg Is Casting for a New Techcentric Bravo Show Set in the Big Apple  —  With a scant 430,000 viewers tuning in for last week's premiere of Start-Ups: Silicon Valley, newly-minted Bravo TV producer Randi Zuckerberg already has her sights set on New York.
Discussion: Digits
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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