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5:00 PM ET, November 16, 2012


 Top News: 
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Did Roger Ailes Consider Joining CNN?  —  Over the summer Roger Ailes was sitting on his terrace at his home along the Hudson River, reading a book on the Civil War, when he decided his fight wasn't finished.  Last month Ailes, 72, who created Fox News 16 years ago, signed on for another four years as CEO.
Discussion: Gawker
Jay Rosen / Quote and Comment:
Is there anyone with the same power and visibility who flat out makes stuff up like Roger Ailes?  —  I don't think there is.  (See this one, for example.  Or this.)  Here's what he said the other day to TVNewser's Chris Ariens: … As soon as I read that quote, I knew it was wrong.
Matthew Purdy / New York Times:
Letter Raises Questions About When BBC Ex-Chief Learned of Abuse Cases  —  A legal letter sent on behalf of Mark Thompson, the former director general of the BBC, raises questions about his assertions that he learned of accusations of sexual abuse against its longtime host Jimmy Savile only after leaving the corporation's top job.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Mark Thompson says he didn't see letter about BBC allegations sent on his behalf  —  Mark Thompson says he was not aware of the details in a letter he authorized threatening London paper The Sunday Times with “defamation proceedings” over an article it was preparing about BBC program “Newsnight” …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Strange Tweets: What Happened to the Ahmed Jabari Assassination Video?  —  Since early Wednesday morning, all eyes have been on the developing digital landscape of the Middle East.  Israel Defense Forces have launched a full-scale social media assault on Hamas in conjunction with a tactical military campaign.
Tribune Co gets FCC approval, nears bankruptcy exit  —  Tribune Co, the owner of the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and 23 television stations, said on Friday it received a key regulatory approval needed to end its nearly four-year stay in bankruptcy.  —  Tribune said it received approval …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Tribune Company:   Tribune Wins Approval Of Federal Communications Commission
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
HuffPo is not for sale, except maybe at the right price  —  Within months of AOL acquiring Arianna Huffington's blog and news network in 2011, reports surfaced claiming it could quickly off-load the property.  —  Speaking to me at Monaco Media Forum, AOL Huffington Post Media Group international SVP Jimmy Maymann said:
Discussion: New York Magazine
Christine Haughney / Media Decoder:
Former Creative Director at Wired Is Named Editor  —  Wired announced Friday afternoon that Scott Dadich, the magazine's former creative director, would become its next editor in chief.  —  Mr. Dadich replaces Chris Anderson, the magazine's editor since 2001, who stepped down this month …
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Sources: New owners plan Peter Liguori as Tribune Co. CEO … The new owners set to take control of Tribune Co. when it emerges from bankruptcy protection plan to name television executive Peter Liguori as the company's chief executive, according to sources familiar with the situation.
American City Business Journals acquires Streetwise Media  —  American City Business Journals (ACBJ), the nation's largest print and online publisher of local business news, said Friday it has acquired Streetwise Media, a fast-growing digital media company catering to young business people in Boston and Washington, D.C.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Keach Hagey / Digits:
Esquire To Make Print Magazine Interactive Through Netpage App  —  Magazines' future might be digital, but — Newsweek-style forced marches aside — that future is also years away.  In the interim, magazines must figure out how to exist as print objects in an increasingly digital world.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Television Launch Probably Not Imminent  —  Now that the iPad mini has successfully transitioned from rumor to reality, Apple-watchers are turning their attention back to another of the company's mythical products — the Apple Television.  According to a new report out of Jefferies …
Wall Street Journal:
Google, Dish Held Talks to Launch Wireless Service  —  Google Inc. has held talks with satellite-TV provider Dish Network Corp. in recent weeks to partner on a new wireless service that would rival the networks of wireless carriers such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix CEO: Amazon Losing Up to $1 Billion a Year on Streaming Video  —  Reed Hastings says that, one day, Amazon will provide real competition for Netflix.  —  But the Netflix CEO says Jeff Bezos will have to spend a lot of money before that happens: Hastings says Amazon is losing between $500 million …
Discussion: Business Insider and Engadget
Clay Shirky:
Napster, Udacity, and the Academy  —  Fifteen years ago, a research group called The Fraunhofer Institute announced a new digital format for compressing movie files.  This wasn't a terribly momentous invention, but it did have one interesting side effect: Fraunhofer also had to figure out how to compress the soundtrack.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Ev Williams Takes To Medium To Discuss The True Purpose Of His New Publishing Tool  —  You might have heard a few things about Ev Williams and crew's new product, Medium.  To some, it seems like “just another blogging platform,” but if you think about where Ev and Biz Stone come from …
Discussion: Medium and WebProNews
Will Sommer / City Desk:
New Post Editor Addresses the Newsroom for First Time, Talks Budget  —  Incoming Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron won't take over the newsroom until Jan 2., but his era seems to have started today, with Baron addressing the newsroom for the first time today.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
With Amazon Publishing Stonewalled By Retailers, Tim Ferriss Taps BitTorrent To Market His New Book  —  Necessity, they say, is the mother of invention, and a stalemate between Amazon and big retailers, including Barnes & Noble, over the sale of books from the online giant's publishing imprint …
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
Time Warner CEO: Cord cutters not an issue, “cord nevers” might be  —  Few people are trading in their cable services for digital alternatives, according to Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes.  He argues that “cord cutting” is overstated and that the phenomenon is limited to a small segment of low income Americans.
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Katherine Jane O'Neill / Al Arabiya:
Al Arabiya's Syria correspondent wounded while covering ‘peaceful’ protests
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Funeral rites in N.Y. and D.C. for ‘Newsweek,’ as Tina Brown declares the ‘Zeitgeist was against’ it
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Bitch Magazine runs afoul of Google censorship
Discussion: @bitchmedia
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Windows 8 Lands on 14 Conde Nast Covers
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Keith Olbermann To Guest-Host On MLB Network
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire
Wall Street Journal:
All Eyes on NBCU News Chairman
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Virginia Moseley Leaves ABC After 18 Years, Joins CNN as VP/Deputy Bureau Chief in Washington
Discussion: Cable Television News and Politico
Kathy Bergen / Chicago Tribune:
Editor: Inspector general investigating recording of Tribune journalists
 Earlier Picks: 
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Kobo's Arc Android tablet goes on sale in the UK and Canada, launching in France on November 19
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Viacom CEO Signals No Interest in Acquisition of Major Studio
Discussion: The Wrap and Media Decoder
Jack Shafer:
The sex scandal as civic lesson
Discussion: Poynter, CNN, Daily Dot and Guardian
John Jannarone / Wall Street Journal:
Drop in Ratings for DVR Viewing Mirrors Live TV
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
The New York Times' Chronicle tool explores how language — and journalism — has evolved
Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Daniel Terdiman / CNET:
Hollywood bigwig Peter Chernin joins Twitter's board
Glynnis Macnicol / Capital New York:
Nate Silver receives the adulation of New York's media demimonde in Nick Denton's Soho loft