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3:20 PM ET, April 30, 2014


 Top News: 
Ben Fischer / New York Business Journal:
The Onion to launch to satirize viral sites like BuzzFeed and Upworthy  —  Finally!  The Onion is taking on BuzzFeed and Upworthy on their turf.  —  This June the satire site — stuck for now in the hopelessly 20th century business of spoofing reported, written news articles — will launch
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:   The Onion's NewFronts pitch: 'We're funny and millennials like us'
Mike Hopkins / Hulu Blog:
Hulu will allow free viewing of select full TV episodes on mobile devices starting this summer  —  Today at the Hulu Upfront in New York City, joined by Peter Naylor, SVP of Sales, Craig Erwich, SVP Head of Content, and many of our talented stars and creators from Hulu Originals …
Henry Taylor / TheMediaBriefing:
5 charts showing the rapidly changing face of UK content consumption  —  The ways in which people access and consume media are changing incredibly rapidly, and one of the most comprehensive studies of how this has happened in the UK is Ofcom's Adults' Media Use and Attitudes Report.
Discussion: @henryctaylor
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Murdoch hints at News Corp. acquisitions  —  News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch is keen on making some additions to the publishing side of his media empire, which was formally split in half nearly a year ago.  —  “News Corp. is in the first sort of, transformational year,” …
Alex Rogers / TIME:
Comcast Has About 76 Lobbyists Working Washington On The Time Warner Cable Merger.  This is Why.  —  The company has registered at least 76 lobbyists across 24 firms to work on its impending $45 billion purchase of Time Warner Cable, making for a special ops squad with high-priced relationships to the most powerful members of Congress
Nicola Leske / Reuters:   Charter withdraws slate for Time Warner Cable's board
Joe Coscarelli / New York Magazine:
Harper's Publisher Rick MacArthur Quits Columbia Spectator Board Because the Internet  —  Harper's publisher John “Rick” MacArthur hates the internet.  This we know.  But seriously, this guy really hates the internet, rejecting the Columbia University student paper's plan to go “web-first” …
Jon Boone / Guardian:
Pakistan's spy agency ISI accused of kidnapping and killing journalists  —  Amnesty International details journalists' claims of harassment, intimidation and attacks at the hands of military intelligence  —  Amnesty International says it has “credible concerns” that Pakistan's powerful …
Discussion: @georgeprof and @samirashackle
John McDermott / Digiday:
How Hearst uses Pinterest to boost traffic  —  Publishing is increasingly becoming a game of which publisher can best market its stories on social platforms, typically Facebook and Twitter.  But Hearst has experienced an unexpected but much welcomed traffic boost over the past two years from Pinterest.
Discussion: @hearstcorp
Ron Nixon / New York Times:
Paywast, an Afghan social media network with 1.6M users was backed by the US govt until 2011  —  Social Media in Afghanistan Takes On Life of Its Own  —  WASHINGTON — Afghans have long been resistant to central authority — as the United States has found to its frustration …
Discussion: Daily Dot and ThinkProgress
Jeremy Paxman to step down as presenter of Newsnight  —  Jeremy Paxman has decided to step down as the presenter of Newsnight, a position he has held with great distinction for 25 years.  —  He informed Tony Hall, the Director General, and James Harding, the Director of News and Current Affairs …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Lego Movie Boosts Time Warner As 1Q Profit Rises 71%  —  Time Warner Inc. said the performance of two movies - “The LEGO Movie” and “300: Rise of An Empire” -helped the company increase first quarter profit by 71%, while revenue increased at its three major divisions, the Warner Brothers studio, the Turner programming unit and HBO.
Diana Reese / Al Jazeera America:
In small towns with local investment, print journalism is thriving  —  MARYVILLE, Mo. — Newspapers aren't dead yet.  —  Far from it in this town of 12,000 nestled among the rolling hills of northwestern Missouri, where the daily paper has returned to local ownership for the first time in decades …
Discussion: @niemanlab and @rosental
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Seth Liss is Poynter's new editor  —  Seth Liss is Poynter's new digital editor.  He'll oversee Poynter's website and newsgathering operations.  —  Liss is currently the online managing editor for WAMU, a public radio station in Washington, D.C. Before that he was an online content editor …
Harrison Weber / VentureBeat:
Music app shuts down after investor yanks funding  —  Music streaming startup announced it is shutting down immediately, following a highly publicized ban from Apple's iAds advertising network.  The startup, which offered both Pandora and Spotify-like features, announced the news on Twitter.
Discussion: The Next Web and Pocket-lint
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Condé Nast to Launch New Digital Brand Aggregating Video  —  Variety among the news brands named as inaugural video partners for The Scene  —  Condé Nast Entertainment sees strength in numbers in the video space-even if that means mixing its high-class brands with those outside the company.
Helienne Lindvall / Guardian:
Publishers and songwriters question why labels should get a much bigger share when a track is played on Pandora or Spotify  —  Publishers and songwriters question why labels should get a much bigger share when a track is played on Pandora or Spotify  —  Publishers and record labels are heading …
Kurt Badenhausen / Forbes:
The Value of ESPN Surpasses $50 Billion  —  The National Football League announced last week that ESPN would host the first playoff game in its 35-year history in January 2015.  The Wild Card playoff game is a carrot for the $15.2 billion ESPN committed over eight years in its latest NFL TV rights deal, which kicks off next season.
Discussion: MediaWire Daily
Dennis Schaal / Skift:
Yahoo Relaunches Yahoo Travel as a Digital Magazine With Lots of Sponsored Content  —  Yahoo has relaunched Yahoo Travel with an emphasis on travel inspiration and sponsored content.  / Yahoo Travel  —  Yahoo has relaunched Yahoo Travel as an “immersive digital magazine” …
Discussion: Yahoo and iMediaConnection Blog
Timothy Spence / International Press Institute:
Nine journalists and bloggers arrested in Ethiopia prior to John Kerry visit  —  Ethiopia Arrests Journalists, Bloggers  —  Vienna — Ethiopian authorities have arrested nine journalists and bloggers on allegations that they worked for foreign human rights groups or used social media to incite violence …
Discussion: Guardian
UK slips down global press freedom list due to Snowden leaks response  —  British government's draconian response to the Guardian's reporting sees UK drop five places on Freedom House list  —  Britain has slipped down the global rankings for freedom of the press as a result of the government's crackdown …
Rob Tannenbaum / Rolling Stone:
Bill Simmons' Big Score: How a failed newspaper writer built a new kind of media empire at ESPN  —  How a failed newspaper writer built a new kind of media empire at ESPN  —  From Bill Simmons' fourth-row seats at the Staples Center in L.A., we're close enough to hear basketball players swearing.
Discussion: @reformedbroker, @pang and Deadspin
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Tom Pakinkis / Music Week:
Vevo launches in Mexico
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Paul Adepoju / HumanIPO:
BBC partners BlackBerry to deliver Hausa news via BBM in Nigeria
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Scott Cendrowski / Fortune:
After years of piracy, Chinese video sites are sending $100M a year to US and UK studios
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC3 closure ‘not a foregone conclusion’, warns trustee
Discussion: @guardian
Ben Fox Rubin / Wall Street Journal:
Thomson Reuters Swings to Profit
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Andy Coulson denies being told MI5 was monitoring William and Harry calls
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