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12:00 PM ET, March 4, 2015


 Top News: 
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch's UK company pays out over email hacking claim  —  British-Irish Rights Watch wins confidential settlement over legal action  —  It has emerged that a legal claim over email hacking made against Rupert Murdoch's former UK outfit, News International, has been quietly settled.
New York Times:
Hillary Clinton's use of private email helped stonewall FOIA requests by Gawker and the Associated Press  —  Using Private Email, Hillary Clinton Thwarted Record Requests  —  WASHINGTON — In 2012, congressional investigators asked the State Department for a wide range of documents related …
Annie Banerji / Agence France-Presse:
India bans broadcast of BBC film showing gang-rapist
Clifford Coonan / Hollywood Reporter:
China Monthly Box Office Tops U.S. for First Time Ever  —  Chinese box-office revenue edged ahead of the United States in February for the first time ever as a record Lunar New Year bonanza brought in $650 million in the second-largest movie market, according to data from research firm Entgroup.
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Publishers love WhatsApp's click-through rates, but struggle with lack of metrics about users and management of news alerts  —  Publishers love Whatsapp's potential, but struggle with execution  —  Publishers have a love-hate relationship with WhatsApp.  While many are seeing big numbers …
Discussion: @sarahmarshall
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
AP will use software to write NCAA game stories  —  Automated Insights, a company that provides language generation software to The Associated Press and other organizations, announced Wednesday the news cooperative will use the software to produce thousands of stories about collegiate sports.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Andrew Lack's return to NBC would drive a major executive shakeup and “near-guarantee” the reinstatement of Williams as Nightly News anchor  —  Andrew Lack's return to NBC could signal return of Brian Williams  —  Former NBC News president Andrew Lack's return to 30 Rock …
Discussion: Inside Cable News, Mediaite and Variety
Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
Tribune Publishing Q4 misses earnings estimates, revenue down 5.5% to $457M, ended 2014 with 659K paid digital users, 61K digital-only subs  —  Tribune Publishing Company Misses Earnings Estimates, Tops Revenue Expectations  —  Tribune Publishing Company (TPUB) unveiled its fourth quarter 2014 financials …
John Plunkett / Guardian:
BBC Trust chair calls for external oversight of corporation  —  Rona Fairhead effectively calls time on her own job as she urges historic break with nearly a century of BBC regulating its own affairs  —  The chair of the BBC Trust has called for it to be replaced by an external regulator …
Discussion: Guardian, @benfenton and @mediaguardian
T.R. Goldman / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Tampa Bay Times, with a distinguished history and multiple Pulitzers, must achieve financial stability and accelerate its digital transition to survive  —  What will happen to the Tampa Bay Times?  —  They are barely noticeable on the cream-colored wall of the seventh floor executive suite …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Ascap Topped $1 Billion in Revenue Last Year, Lifted by Streaming  —  Ascap, the music licensing agency, is in one sense fighting for its survival, seeking to change decades-old rules to fit the economics of online music.  In another, it is finding ways to distribute more money than ever to its thousands of songwriters.
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Newsquest's pro-Scottish independence title The National launches website behind metered paywall  —  Newsquest's pro-independence daily The National has launched a new website,, behind a metered paywall.  —  The title, a sister to the Herald, Sunday Herald and the Evening Times …
Peter Sterne / Capital New York:
The Baffler names Noah McCormack publisher  —  The Baffler has named Noah McCormack its new publisher, the first since cutting ties with M.I.T. Press last year.  —  McCormack joined The Baffler informally in 2012 and was named director of special projects last year.
Discussion: @silvermanjacob and FishbowlNY
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Colombian radio journalist murdered, the second to die in three weeks  —  Presenter who criticised police and political corruption is shot dead  —  Radio presenter Edgar Quintero became the second Colombian journalist to be murdered in three weeks on Monday (2 March) when a gunman shot …
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Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
Media takes it easy on Bill O'Reilly after unrelenting onslaught on Brian Williams
Discussion: The Drum
Jay Hathaway / Gawker:
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Chicago Tribune:
Oprah's Harpo Studios to close in December, with production shifting to OWN in California
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Drop in ebook sales contributes to profit declines of 5.6% at Simon & Schuster and about 12% at Random Penguin House
Henning Meyer / Social Europe:
Poor reporting from Axel Springer's main titles raises questions about quality of Politico.EU before it's even launched
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Sue-Lin Wong / Reuters:
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Discussion: ValueWalk
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Susan Milligan / Columbia Journalism Review:
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