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10:35 PM ET, November 12, 2013


 Top News: 
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
New York Times Departures Heighten Concerns About Staff Retention  —  NEW YORK — When New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson was in negotiations this past summer to keep stats guru Nate Silver at the paper, his agent remarked that his client was “the prettiest girl at the party.”
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
‘Times’ masthead 'hasn't had a chance to huddle yet' about Stelter's exit  —  With Brian Stelter heading to CNN, who will take over The New York Times' TV news beat?  —  “No successor yet,” media editor Bruce Headlam told Capital.  —  Stelter's move to CNN has been percolating since the summer …
Jack Mirkinson / The Huffington Post:
Brian Stelter Jumps To CNN To Host ‘Reliable Sources’
Christine Haughney / New York Times:
Editor of Times Magazine to Step Down at Year's End  —  Hugo Lindgren, editor of The New York Times Magazine, told his staff in a brief meeting on Tuesday that he would be leaving The Times at year's end.  —  In the noon meeting, attendees said that Mr. Lindgren choked up and described the last few days as difficult.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:   Abramson to name Lindgren's replacement by year's end; inside and outside candidates being considered
Tom Krazit / paidContent:
Why we are moving our media coverage over to Gigaom  —  This is the last post we'll publish on paidContent as we move our media coverage under one Gigaom umbrella and a new Media channel.  —  As one of the last remaining independent tech media startups, we have a keen interest in the future of the media business.
The Huffington Post:
Richard Cohen Defends Column: ‘Word Racist Is Truly Hurtful’  —  Richard Cohen says that his latest piece was not intended to be and shouldn't be read as racist.  —  “The word racist is truly hurtful,” he told The Huffington Post on Tuesday.  “It's not who I am.  It's not who I ever was.
Jim Romenesko:
E.W. Scripps restructures its Washington bureau, acquires DecodeDC … E.W. Scripps announced this afternoon that its newspaper-focused Washington bureau “will be reconfigured to be a leading investigative storyteller on all the Scripps-owned media platforms — television, digital and print.”
E.W Scripps Company:
Scripps acquires Kickstarter-funded DecodeDC
Discussion: @jbenton
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Good News for the Cable Guys!  Subscriber Numbers Dropped Again.  —  There's not much need to debate cord-cutting anymore: The pay-TV industry is losing subscribers.  —  But we still don't have a handle on the rate of loss, nor the reason for that loss.  —  If you're in the pay-TV business …
Discussion: AdAge
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Hoda Kotb inks new contract with NBC News to stay with “Today”  —  NBC News has signed anchor Hoda Kotb to a new, multi-year contract, Capital has learned.  —  The deal will ensure that Kotb remains as the co-host of the fourth hour of “Today,” alongside Kathie Lee Gifford.
Discussion: The Wrap and The Huffington Post
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
CBS News and reporter Lara Logan face brutal criticism on flawed Benghazi report  —  Lara Logan, CBS News' hard-charging chief foreign correspondent, has repeatedly risked her life in pursuit of the story.  She's been shot at, arrested, blindfolded by militiamen, and physically assaulted …
Dana Rubinstein / Capital New York:
Bloomberg on Bloomberg News' China reporting: ‘Nobody thinks we are wusses’  —  Asked today about a New York Times report that Bloomberg News editor in chief Matthew Winkler has cut stories that were critical of the Chinese regime, Michael Bloomberg denied it, while maintaining that he's uninvolved in the company's affairs.
Discussion: New York Times and Politicker
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:   Michael Bloomberg's post-mayoral day-job will be at Bloomberg View
Claire Kirch /
Follett Lays Off 570 Bookstore Employees  —  Follett Higher Education Group, a division of Illinois-based Follett Corporation which operates more than 980 campus bookstores at colleges and universities nationwide, informed its employees on November 8 that it is “adjusting [its] …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Live Nation Said to Be Near Deal for Management Companies  —  Live Nation Entertainment, the giant concert company that includes Ticketmaster, is in advanced negotiations to buy the management companies behind U2 and Madonna, according to several people with direct knowledge of the talks.
Discussion: Financial Times, @djd, @pkafka and hypebot
Jim Wyss / Miami Herald:
Miami Herald reporter Jim Wyss recounts his 48 hours in Venezuelan custody  —  I was wearing a bulletproof vest, lying flat in the backseat of an unmarked armored car and being escorted by three heavily armed men when I started to worry.  At that point I had been in the custody …
Discussion: Poynter and The Newspaper Guild
Rachel Bartlett /
Ex-Future staff in £90k crowdfund bid to set up own title  —  The team - all former members of staff at Future - aim to launch Linux Voice magazine early next year, in competition with Future's own Linux Format title  —  Credit: By James Cridland on Flickr.  Some rights reserved.
Discussion: BetaNews
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