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8:30 PM ET, December 4, 2013


 Top News: 
Tommy Christopher / Mediaite:
Martin Bashir Resigns From MSNBC  —  Just over two weeks ago, MSNBC host Martin Bashir delivered a harsh piece of commentary that culminated in the suggestion that someone should “s-h-i-t” in former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's (R-AK) mouth.  Bashir offered an abject apology on his next broadcast …
Alex Kantrowitz / AdAge:
Arguments Fly During FTC Workshop on Native Advertising  —  Ad Industry Mounts Vigorous Defense in D.C.; Detractors Including Bob Garfield Blast Practice  —  The advertising industry descended on Washington, D.C. today, mounting a vigorous defense of so-called “native” …
Discussion: Forbes
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
Publishing Platform Medium Keeps Iterating With New Photo, Layout Tools And Collection Controls  —  Medium, the blog publishing platform from Twitter co-founder Evan Williams, has today released new features and a few design changes.  —  Medium has sprouted from a seedling to a full-fledged media tool …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
News Corp. names Clinton White House vet as new communications chief  —  The new News Corp. is still getting its house in order, and has recruited a new executive to its senior team.  —  Jim Kennedy, a veteran of the Clinton White House, has been appointed chief communications officer …
Johana Bhuiyan / Capital New York:
Joel Johnson named Gawker editorial director  —  Joel Johnson, founding editor of Kotaku, Gizmodo and The Consumerist, has been named editorial director of Gawker, Nick Denton told staff in a memo Wednesday.  —  Johnson, currently an editor-at-large of Gawker and contributing editor at The Wirecutter, will report for duty in January.
Abigail Edge /
BBC News to introduce ‘NewsLabs team’ to drive innovation  —  Managing editor James Harding told staff that BBC News will assemble a NewsLabs team to establish ‘new formats’ for telling and sharing stories  —  Credit: By Horia Varlan on Flickr.  Some rights reserved.
Discussion: and Guardian
Dylan Byers / Politico:
CBS News chairman defends Lara Logan in staff meeting  —  CBS News chairman and ‘60 Minutes’ EP Jeff Fager held a meeting with CBS News staff on Tuesday and took questions about the fate of Lara Logan and Max McClellan, the journalists currently on a leave of absence in the wake …
Media outlets cautious as Newtown 911 recordings released  —  (CNN) — Wednesday's release of audio recordings of the 911 calls from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings will force news organizations to make difficult — and probably unpopular — decisions about what to broadcast and what to hold back.
Jill Lawless / Associated Press:
Guardian: We have published 1 pct of Snowden leak  —  You are here  —  Home » Edward Snowden » Guardian: We have published 1 pct of Snowden leak … LONDON (AP) — The editor of the Guardian said Tuesday his newspaper has published just 1 percent of the material it received …
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Yahoo Acquires Team Behind Dreamworks Animation Incubated Mobile Video App Ptch  —  Ptch, the DreamWorks Animation-incubated mobile video startup, has been acquired by Yahoo.  The app was launched just over a year ago and will shut down on January 2, 2014.  Until then, you'll be able …
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Analyst Says Unbundling Would Destroy TV Value  —  Needham & Co.'s Laura Martin says that TV unbundling would put $80 billion to $113 billion in consumer value at risk  —  With the price of pay TV rising, increasing consumer choice through replacing the current bundle of channels with an a la system becomes a more popular idea.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Daily Download founder confirms site has ended publication  —  “Ashburn Media Company has decided to stop publishing,” Lauren Ashburn tells Poynter in an emailed statement. … Andrew Kaczynski wrote about the site's apparent demise Tuesday.
Addis Ababa / Associated Press:
International rights group appeals for the release of Ethiopian reporter jailed for 18 years  —  ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA - A rights group is making a global appeal for the release from prison of an award-winning journalist in Ethiopia.  —  Amnesty International this week is trying …
Jim Romenesko:
Alt-weekly publisher: I hear Aaron Kushner is losing millions on the Orange County Register  —  Stephen Mindich, who closed the Boston Phoenix in March, said at a panel discussion on newspapers Tuesday that he hears Aaron Kushner's investment in the Orange County Register and other publications isn't paying off.
Discussion: CommonWealth Magazine
Christopher Palmeri / Bloomberg:
Disney Increases Annual Dividend by 15% to 86 Cents  —  Walt Disney Co. (DIS), the world's largest entertainment company, raised its annual dividend by 15 percent to 86 cents a share, the fourth straight yearly increase after posting record sales and profit.
Dueling Arafat Reports Divide Palestinians — And Al Jazeera  —  Was the late Palestinian leader poisoned?  “This is going to look biased.”  —  A new French report has found that contrary to recent Swiss findings, Yasser Arafat was likely not killed by polonium poisoning …
Discussion: @joshmitnick, @sheeraf and @miriamelder
Todd Spangler / Variety:
DirecTV Invests in Two Digital Entertainment Startups  —  Satcaster takes stakes in second-screen app developer i.TV and video aggregator LiveClips  —  DirecTV announced that it has made strategic investments in two digital entertainment startups — video-aggregation provider LiveClips …
Discussion: Wall Street Journal
Andrew Berg / Wireless Week:
New Rules Hasten FCC Approval of Verizon's Vodafone Buy  —  The FCC Wednesday approved Verizon's petition for a declaratory ruling on its acquistion of Vodafone's 45 percent stake in the Verizon Wireless joint venture.  —  The ruling, which involved the International Bureau …
Discussion: PR Newswire and @eggerton
Michael Weinberg / Policy Blog:
Did the FCC Chairman Just Endorse a Pay-for-Play Internet Fast Lane?  —  Chairman Wheeler endorsed both two-sided markets and net neutrality.  There seems to be a conflict.  —  Yesterday, new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler delivered his first formal public address.
John McDermott / Digiday:
Does Web Publishing Have a Looming DVR Problem?  —  Publishers like to hear that their stories are being read.  But at the expense of advertising dollars?  Not so fast.  —  Increasingly popular apps like Pocket, Instapaper and Evernote's Web Clipper have been billed as a way to help publishers combat fragmentation.
Discussion: TeleRead
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
News of the World cuts plan 'included halving of Glenn Mulcaire's contract'  —  Phone-hacking trial shown memo suggesting financial pressures at paper, with investigator costing more than World Cup budget  —  News of the World management were intent on implementing swingeing budgets cuts …
Discussion: mUmBRELLA
David Folkenflik / NPR:
OMG, BuzzFeed Is Investing In Serious News Coverage!  Is It FTW? … Anyone who has hankered for a list of 10 of the most life-affirming dog rescue stories ever can rely on the social media site BuzzFeed.  —  That list of 11 classic horror films that should never have been remade?  That's from BuzzFeed too.
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Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Biz-news war  —  In a private meeting early last month …
Richard Horgan / FishbowlNY:
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Discussion: Variety and PR Newswire
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
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The Independent:
UK Attorney General adapts contempt laws for social media, will publish court advisory notes
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Should Twitter play a part in deciding TV shows' future?
Discussion: @kirstinestewart