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9:15 PM ET, April 30, 2013


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Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
NY Times Circulation Jumps 18 Percent, Daily News and Post See Declines  —  According to the new circulation report from the Alliance for Audited Media (AAM), The New York Times has been enjoying some success, but the New York Daily News and New York Post haven't.
Edmund Lee / Bloomberg:
New York Times Tops USA Today to Become No. 2 Paper in U.S.  —  The New York Times posted an 18 percent gain in daily circulation, vaulting it past USA Today as the second-largest U.S. newspaper, according to figures released today by the Alliance for Audited Media.
Kathleen Miles / The Huffington Post:
If Koch Brothers Buy Major Paper, Half of Staff May Quit  —  At a Los Angeles Times in-house awards ceremony a week ago, columnist Steve Lopez addressed the elephant in the room.  —  Speaking to the entire staff, he said, “Raise your hand if you would quit if the paper was bought by Austin Beutner's group.”
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Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Chris Matthews Signs New Long-Term Deal with MSNBC (Exclusive)  —  The contract will keep him at “Hardball” through the next presidential election, but the 67-year-old will retire from his syndicated “Chris Matthews Show” in July.  —  Chris Matthews has re-upped with MSNBC …
Danny Yadron / Wall Street Journal:
Obama to Name Wheeler to Head FCC  —  President Barack Obama is expected to soon nominate a former top lobbyist for the cable and wireless industries to lead the Federal Communications Commission, two people familiar with the matter said.  —  Tom Wheeler, a venture capitalist …
Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
In latest circulation numbers, the difference is digital  —  Print circulation at the Boston Globe and the Boston Herald continues to slide, according to the latest data from the Alliance for Audited Media (formerly the Audit Bureau of Circulations).  —  But the Globe's success …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Despite Digital Gains, Newspaper Circulation Backslides
Dara Kerr / CNET:
Yahoo rolls out six original shows and new TV partnerships  —  Aiming to bring users more content, the company is launching Web shows, starring Ed Helms, John Stamos, and Cheryl Hines, and debuting programming from WWE, ABC News, CNBC, and Conde Nast.  —  Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is working …
Emil Protalinski / The Next Web:
Digg finds over 40% of respondents are willing to pay for a Google Reader replacement, beta coming in June  —  Digg on Tuesday released the results of its second Google Reader survey, which it conducted last week.  In the process, the company revealed what sharing and “Read later” …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
DreamWorks Close to Buying AwesomenessTV, YouTube's Would-Be Nickelodeon  —  Lots of big media companies have been investing in YouTube video makers.  Now it looks like one of them is going to buy one.  —  DreamWorks Animation is close to a deal to acquire AwesomenessTV …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Hulu Announces Adding 1 Million Paid Subscribers In Q1 2013; Streamed Over 1 Billion Videos  —  At today's Hulu Upfront, the company offered an update on its online TV business, sharing that it had set records for revenue in Q1 2013, and had achieved a new milestone of having streamed over 1 billion videos in the quarter.
Jim Romenesko:
North Carolina alt-weekly Rhino Times folds after 21 years  —  “We have simply run out of money,” says editor and publisher John Hammer, who owns the paper with his brother.  “The Rhinoceros Times is hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt.”  —  This week's issue is the last — a surprise to the conservative paper's staff.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Times-Picayune plans new ‘street’ tabloid for previous non-print days  —  TPStreet will appear on newsstands this summer, Times Picayune Editor Jim Amoss writes in a letter to readers.  It will be on newsstands Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.  —  It will focus on “breaking news, sports and entertainment” and will cost 75 cents.
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
AOL's Video Hat Trick: A Slate Of Original Content, Be On Creative Studio, And A Deal With FreeWheel + Mediaocean For Multiscreen Ad Buys  —  Online video is booming, and today AOL (owner of TechCrunch) unveiled three new initiatives that spell out how it plans to tackle it: 15 original …
Erik Gruenwedel / Home Media Magazine:
Study: 45 Million People Watch TV, Original Programs Online Monthly  —  About 45 million Americans, or 19% of the domestic 238.5 million adult population, watches repurposed TV shows and original video programs online on a monthly basis, according to new data from the Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) from research firm GfK.
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
Bertelsmann's RTL Sale Raises $1.8 Billion for Acquisitions  —  The European media giant sold 17 percent of its broadcast arm RTL Group to fund international and digital expansion.  —  COLOGNE, Germany - European media giant Bertelsmann has another $1.8 billion in its war chest …
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