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2:50 PM ET, July 16, 2013


 Top News: 
John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC's Lord Patten plans to step down in 2015  —  Former cabinet minister, who has been criticised over payoffs, confirms he expects to serve one four-year term as chairman  —  Lord Patten, the embattled chairman of the BBC Trust, has confirmed he plans to step down from the role in 2015 despite admitting the timing was “not ideal”.
BBC payments to senior managers rise by more than 60%  —  Payoffs to departing executives nearly £1.5m, with total remuneration coming to £4.13m in year to end of March  —  The BBC's remuneration payments to top managers leapt by more than 60% to just over £4m in the year …
Al Tompkins / Poynter:
What KTVU-TV did right after its slip-up  —  It has been great sport all weekend for media critics to excoriate KTVU-TV in San Francisco.  There's no denying that KTVU made a big mistake.  But when it sorted the mistakes out, the station did a lot that journalists should replicate.
Associated Press:
Snowden submits request for asylum in Russia  —  MOSCOW (AP) — National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden on Tuesday submitted a request for temporary asylum in Russia, his lawyer said.  —  Anatoly Kucherena, a lawyer who is a member of the Public Chamber, a Kremlin advisory body …
Discussion: RT, @skynewsbreak and Yahoo! News
Jillian C. York / Freedom of the Press Foundation:
Media Continues to Focus on Snowden Rather Than the Information He's Revealed
Jim Romenesko:
Detroit police investigate arrest of Free Press photojournalist  —  Detroit Free Press photographer Mandi Wright was arrested last Thursday while videotaping an arrest on the street.  Police took the 47-year-old journalist's iPhone, cuffed her and then put her in an interrogation room with the suspect she had been filming.
Discussion: Detroit Free Press and FTVLive
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer: Hires Business Editor  — hired Vauhini Vara to be the site's new business editor and expand the business coverage, editor Nicholas Thompson announced this morning.  —  “Vauhini is everything we want in a business reporter: she breaks news, files F.O.I.A. requests …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Exclusive: How Ukraine Wooed Conservative Websites  —  Passion or payola?  A source describes being offered $500 for an article, and a consultant doesn't deny payments.  —  WASHINGTON — Several conservative bloggers repeated talking points given to them by a proxy group for the Ukrainian government …
Discussion: The Dish
Alex Kantrowitz / Digiday:
The False Hope of Hyperlocal  —  Hyperlocal news has failed to live up to its promise.  Chances are it never will.  —  Once expected to fill the void left by shrinking and shuttering local newspapers, community-based digital news sites have not taken off quite the way the New York Times predicted …
Alastair Reid /
Mail Online announces plans to open offices in new territories  —  The site which now has more than 128 million unique users a month will be taking on new staff in existing sites and opening new offices in as yet undisclosed locations  —  Copyright: By Alex.muller on Wikimedia Commons.
Lauren Indvik / Mashable:
Atlantic Media Launches Digital Publication, ‘Defense One’  —  The Atlantic Media Company unveiled the latest addition to its digital portfolio Tuesday morning with the launch of Defense One, a web publication dedicated to national security coverage.  —  Under the direction …
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
One year after break from Microsoft, NBCNews still finding its footing  —  It's been a year since NBC took control of one of the web's best known news sites,  Here's a brief look at how things have unfolded since then.  —  After 16 years as a media world odd couple, Microsoft and NBC officially parted ways last July.
Discussion: TVNewser
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
The last time Al Jazeera had a big American strategy, it was rejected  —  On Sunday evening, The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald published an article about Al Jazeera America, the soon-to-launch Manhattan-based cable-news network I wrote about in a freelance web feature for New York magazine last Thursday.
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:   CNN, ABC Veteran David Doss in Talks with Al Jazeera America (EXCLUSIVE)
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