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11:20 AM ET, November 12, 2012


 Top News: 
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.
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
Boris Johnson / Telegraph:
Smearing an innocent man's name is the real tragedy here
Discussion: Guardian
Hélène Mulholland / Guardian:
George Entwistle's BBC payoff is tough to justify, says government
Jessica Elgot / Huffington Post UK:   BBC Newsnight Crisis: Bureau Of Investigative Journalism Editor Iain Overton Quits
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Newsnight insiders fear it will not survive scandal
Discussion: Telegraph and Guardian
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  —  The David Petraeus firestorm is having fallout in the publishing world.  —  Petraeus was one of the high-profile speakers originally scheduled to appear at the Newsweek Daily Beast's inaugural Hero Summit, a new confab honoring America's military, on Wednesday night.
Michael Hastings / BuzzFeed:
The Sins Of General David Petraeus
Nancy Tartaglione /
New NYT Chief Mark Thompson Says BBC Turmoil Will “Not In Any Way Affect My Job”  —  Former BBC director general Mark Thompson started work as CEO of The New York Times Company today, despite concerns of some Times journalists about his suitability for the job amid ongoing turmoil at the British broadcaster.
Discussion: Washington Post
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Times Company chairman welcomes Mark Thompson as BBC scandal widens  —  Mark Thompson began his reign as chief executive of The New York Times Company this morning with a warm welcome from the man with whom he will plot the course of the company's future.  —  “Mark will lead us as we continue …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Mark Thompson, the BBC Scandal and the Future of The New York Times
Discussion: Guardian
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 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.
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.
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 …
Discussion: TVNewser and Chickaboomer
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.
Harriet Dennys / Telegraph:
Dashwood: Financial Times in talks over Thomson Reuters joint venture  —  Poor Dame Marjorie Scardino.  The ink is barely dry on the Pearson matriarch's resignation letter and already reports emerge that the company is lining up bidders for the paper she would only sell “over my dead body”.
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