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7:40 PM ET, July 29, 2013


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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
NYT interview with Obama: No surveillance questions?  —  Jackie Calmes and Michael D. Shear's interview with President Obama packed in enough news to fill three New York Times articles and one media story: “It was the paper's first exclusive chat with the president in nearly three years,” The Huffington Post's Jack Mirkinson writes.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Why the time is right for The Washington Post & others to boost video initiatives  —  The Washington Post will formally launch PostTV today — a big gamble that it can widen audience and win significant advertising revenue by producing digital video programs and distributing the segments to various partners.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:   Washington Post Launches New Political Web Shows
Ruth Margalit / The New Yorker:
The Israeli Answer to Al Jazeera  —  Timing could not have been more fortuitous for i24 News.  Two weeks ago, as the Israel-based news channel was preparing to launch its first broadcast, reports started trickling in that a chain of people had resigned from Al Jazeera in protest …
Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
Media, left out of the relationship  —  Note who's missing in Tanzina Vega's New York Times story today about the monster merger of ad agencies Publicis and Omnicom.  —  Media — TV, radio, magazines, newspapers, online — are nowhere to be seen.  This merger, they all say …
Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
Hearst Poaches Todd Haskell From New York Times to Lead Digital Revenue  —  And Names Publisher For Still-Untitled Dr. Oz Magazine  —  Hearst Magazines has hired Todd Haskell away from The New York Times, where he had been group VP-advertising since 2007, to become senior VP and chief revenue officer …
Marc Tracy / New Republic:
How a Terrible Fox News Interview Became a Traffic Bonanza for BuzzFeed  —  There is much to be said about the interview Reza Aslan did Friday on Fox News' online show “Spirited Debate.”  Aslan, a Muslim writer who converted from Christianity (to which he had converted from Islam) …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Sinclair to buy Allbritton TV stations for $985 million  —  Sinclair will buy Allbritton's TV stations for $985 million, the company announced Monday.  The stations purchased include WJLA-TV in Washington, D.C., WSET in Lynchburg, Va., and WCIV in Charleston, S.C.
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
NBC News Partnering With GlobalPost For Foreign Coverage  —  As American TV news outlets continue to cut back on overseas bureaus, each are finding creative ways to deliver international news to viewers.  Many partner with broadcasters overseas on content and correspondent sharing agreements …
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
AP, Meltwater end litigation, will ‘collaborate on innovating new products’  —  Associated Press will partner with news-aggregation service Meltwater, which it sued last year, the news co-op announced Monday.  —  “There is more to be gained by working together to develop new markets …
Josh Sternberg / Digiday:
Are Magazines Blowing iPad Sales?  —  Last week, the Association of Magazine Media released some unsettling, albeit not surprising, numbers for news magazines.  It found that many mags had significant drops in ad pages in the first half of this year compared to the first half of last year.
Discussion: @joshsternberg and eMedia Vitals
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Your Poor Couch!  Netflix Viewers Don't Cut Back on Regular TV.  —  Are you watching a ton of Netflix?  —  Then you had better make sure you're getting fresh air and exercise.  Because you're probably not cutting back on your regular TV habit.  —  That's according to a new study …
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
CBS and Time Warner Cable extend deal deadline to 5 p.m.  —  Time Warner Cable and CBS Corp. have called off their game of chicken for a couple of hours.  —  With a deadline expiring this afternoon, the two companies agreed to an extension of their current distribution deal until 5 p.m. Pacific time.
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Why the New York Times is moving on from the Herald Tribune  —  We are in the run-up to the transformation of the International Herald Tribune into the International New York Times.  The grey lady is to become la dame grise.  —  Romantics, which means those who saw Jean Seberg selling …
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