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12:25 PM ET, March 9, 2015


 Top News: 
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Behind the turmoil at NBC News, which started long before Brian Williams  —  (Actually) True War Stories at NBC News  —  No one at the table knew whether ­Williams wanted to stay in the anchor chair.  Although he seemed genetically bred to be a newscaster—with that perfect almond hair …
Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
5 Ways NBC News' Incoming Chief Andrew Lack Can Fix The Fading Peacock  —  NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke took bold measures Friday to revive his news division after years of dwindling ratings and a squall of chaos swirling around the network.  —  Lack, who was NBC News President from 1993-2001 …
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Guardian claims more US than UK unique browsers as GMG reports 20 per cent rise in digital revenue to £80m  —  The Guardian now claims more unique website browsers in the United States than in the United Kingdom.  —  In a full-year trading update published today …
Discussion: @wturvill and @notscientific
The Awl:
The Awl's “Concessionist” takes on the myopism of a writer with severe BuzzFeed envy  —  I Hate Myself Because I Don't Work For BuzzFeed  —  The Concessionist gives advice each weekend about the sordid choices of real life.  Trouble?  Write today.  —  Hi Concessionist,
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
News Corp Buys Indian Tech Media Company VCCircle  —  News Corp is continuing its focus on India after it announced a deal to buy tech and startup-focused media company VCCircle.  —  Founded in 2005, VCCircle runs news sites and, in addition to research platform VCCEdge …
Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:
The New York Times has Instagram, but its biggest digital efforts may be under the hood  —  In August 2014, Alexandra MacCallum took a new role on the New York Times masthead, charged with overseeing audience growth and engagement.  —  Just three months earlier, the Times had endured …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Poynter
Nick Cohen / Observer:
BBC has forced out or demoted the journalists who exposed Jimmy Savile child abuse scandal  —  The sinister treatment of dissent at the BBC  —  obody from John Humphrys in the morning to Evan Davis at night dares mention a scandal at the BBC.  It undermines their reporting of every abuse whistleblowers reveal.
Media Monkey / Guardian:
English MP Nadine Dorries slams Telegraph's owners, the Barclay Brothers, for sending her legal threats over blog posts, brands them “hypocritical”  —  Telegraph owners ‘hypocritical’, claims Nadine Dorries  —  Tory MP uses Commons debate to criticise Barclay Brothers' reputation …
Nate Silver / FiveThirtyEight:
David Firestone leaves The New York Times to become Managing Editor of FiveThirtyEight  —  Please Welcome David Firestone, FiveThirtyEight's New Managing Editor  —  FiveThirtyEight is approaching one year of publication since we relaunched the site.  We've learned a great deal …
NDTV protests ban on 'India's Daughter', earns praise after going blank for an hour  —  In rare stance of protest, not quite seen since the emergency of 1975 (when Indian Express and Statesman published blank pages to protest the Indira Gandhi government's censorship), NDTV went blank for an hour …
Michael Grothaus / Fast Company:
Small blog Wait But Why finds success with longform, thoughtful posts and original images  —  The Secrets Of Writing Smart, Long-form Articles That Go Absolutely Viral  —  Note: BuzzFeed publishes several long and excellent feature stories every week, as you can see on their Big Stories page.
Discussion: @cyrusshepard
Jeff John Roberts / Gigaom:
The music industry's broken business could change in 2015  —  The music business has been screwed up for a hopelessly long time, but change is afoot: Congress, courts and the Justice Department are all poised in coming months to shake up how companies and consumers pay for music.
Discussion: hypebot
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Ed Sherman / Poynter:
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Discussion: @espnmag
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Chris Leo Palermino / Digital Trends:
New report finds 119M people listen to online radio weekly and 45% of them use Pandora
Discussion: Billboard