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7:10 AM ET, March 4, 2015


 Top News: 
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
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
NBCUniversal in early talks to bring former news president Andrew Lack back in senior role  —  NBC News Shakeup: Andrew Lack in Talks to Return in Top Role (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Former NBC News president Andrew Lack is in negotiations to return to a top post at the news division …
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 …
Chicago Tribune:
Oprah's Harpo Studios to close in December, with production shifting to OWN in California  —  Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Studios to close in December  —  It's a wrap for Harpo Studios in Chicago.  —  Officials for Oprah Winfrey said Tuesday that her West Loop TV studios will close in December.
Ben Thompson / stratechery:
What makes BuzzFeed the world's most important news organization is that it has a great business model  —  Why BuzzFeed is the Most Important News Organization in the World  —  Like a great many such things, some of journalism's most precious ideals were the happy result of geography and economics.
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 …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
NBCUniversal planning comedy video service with SNL, Tonight Show, original shows and clips from stars for about $2.50-$3.50 per month  —  NBC to Launch Comedy Internet-Subscription Service in 2015  —  NBC is looking to get into the over-the-top game.  —  The Peacock is planning to launch …
Discussion: The Week, Deadline, USA Today and The Verge
Jim Romenesko:
GateHouse lays off journalists at newspapers it acquired last year from Halifax Media  —  * Details of StarNews layoffs not disclosed (  —  Newspaper downsizing continues.  —  I'm getting multiple reports of layoffs today at GateHouse papers that were formerly owned by Halifax Media …
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Netflix strikes deal with Australia's iiNet ISP for exemption from data caps, conflicting with the company's stance on net neutrality  —  Is Netflix's commitment to net neutrality a lie?  —  Netflix announced yesterday that it would be coming to Australia and New Zealand on March 24th …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Poynter's longtime faculty member Jill Geisler joins Loyola University as Bill Plante Chair of Leadership and Media Integrity  —  Jill Geisler joins Loyola University  —  Jill Geisler is Loyola University's first Bill Plante Chair of Leadership and Media Integrity, according to a news release from the university.
Discussion: @jillgeisler and @kristenhare
John Biggs / TechCrunch:
Drop in ebook sales contributes to profit declines of 5.6% at Simon & Schuster and about 12% at Random Penguin House  —  Publisher Revenues Down As Ebook Buying Slows  —  Publishing conglomerates Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster are facing tough times this quarter as ebook sales fell …
Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
Media takes it easy on Bill O'Reilly after unrelenting onslaught on Brian Williams  —  Bill O'Reilly vs. Brian Williams: A Tale of Two Media Responses  —  Contrasting sharply with the collective tsunami that encircled suspended NBC News anchor Brian Williams, the media response …
Discussion: The Drum
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