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8:25 AM ET, December 30, 2011


 Top News: 
Mark Guarino / Christian Science Monitor:
After deaths in Detroit, advertising comes under scrutiny  —  Several women found dead in Detroit over the weekend had profiles on, a website offering escort services.  The website has received attention before for a potential connection to illegal activity.
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
An Election Year Dawns Without Keith Olbermann  —  Keith Olbermann, who came to Current TV this year to remake the channel and compete against his old home, MSNBC, is sitting out the biggest political nights of the season.  —  Despite being the biggest star on the fledging channel …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Cable Channels Set to Begin Election Year Coverage  —  America's trifecta of cable news channels, Fox News, MSNBC and CNN, are just about ready to show off their election year staffs.  —  Each channel plans to cover the one-night Iowa caucus for a stretch of several days …
Frances Martel / Mediaite:   It Begins...NY Times Report Suggests Tension Between Olbermann And Current TV
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
News Corp investors face risk of patriarch ‘not being in charge’  —  The Financial Times's Lex column argues that the cost to News Corp of the phone hacking scandal is its “most overlooked consequence.”  —  It scuppered the company's £7.5bn bid to buy the 61% of BSkyB it doesn't already own …
The Independent:   Murdoch's £100m plan to settle hacking cases before they get to court
Alexandra Topping / Guardian:   Leveson inquiry should address media sexism, women's groups demand
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
ID's ‘On the Case’ Hires Letterman Extortionist, Former CBS News Producer Joe Halderman  —  TVNewser has learned that Investigation Discovery's “On the Case with Paula Zahn” has hired Joe Halderman, the CBS News producer who attempted to blackmail David Letterman in 2009.
The Huffington Post:
CNN's New Morning Show Gets Name And Debut Date  —  Update: CNN announced the names of its new morning shows.  The 5-7 a.m. show will be called “Early Start.”  Soledad O'Brien's 7-9 a.m. program will be titled “Starting Point.”  —  CNN will debut its new morning show led by host Soledad O'Brien on January 2, 2012.
Discussion: New York Magazine
Andrea Morabito / Broadcasting & Cable:
New CNN Morning Show to Launch Jan. 2
Discussion: Inside Cable News and TVNewser
Dylan Byers / The Politico:
MSNBC now disclosing Bain Capital connection  —  Starting on last night's Ed Show with Ed Schultz, MSNBC anchors are now disclosing their parent company's ties to Bain Capital, the buyout firm co-founded by Mitt Romney.  —  In July 2008, NBC Universal, Bain Capital and Blackstone Group bought …
Eric Deggans / St. Petersburg Times:
Columnist Ernest Hooper to become Brandon Bureau Chief for Tampa Bay Times  —  It's a season of change at the soon-to-be Tampa Bay Times, as longtime columnist Ernest Hooper becomes chief of the newspaper's Brandon bureau full-time.  Hooper will still write columns, only not as often …
Peter Schorsch / Saint Peters Blog:   The last vestiges of the St. Petersburg Times
Blogs are blamed for cheapening debate in some fields.  Yet they have enriched economics  —  Blogs are blamed for cheapening debate in some fields.  Yet they have enriched economics  —  from the print edition  —  “LET Truth and Falsehood grapple; who ever knew Truth put to the worse …
Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Co. bankruptcy case on hold until May  —  Tribune Co.'s long-running sojourn in bankruptcy shows no sign of ending soon.  —  A federal judge said in a ruling Thursday that he won't hold a confirmation hearing on plans to end the three-year bankruptcy until May at the earliest.
From North Korea, an Altered Procession  —  The funeral of Kim Jong-il on Wednesday called to mind the best stage-managed Communist state productions: the falling snow, the wailing mourners, the perfectly spaced limousines and rows of chest-beating men.  —  So perhaps it was because the scene …
Arthur Bright / Christian Science Monitor:   North Korea not the only offender: 6 official photo fudgings
Jim Romenesko:
He's finally a best-seller!  —  Blum suggested how the author might add to his story, about a husband “driven to extremes” by his wife repeating the same anecdotal story endlessly.  —  Dick Babcock  —  Blum tells me: “Dick ended up re-shaping the story significantly, and the revised version was just right.”
Storify Story Of The Year: A detailed inventory of reporter arrests at Occupy protests  —  The Free Press' Josh Stearns combines the craftsmanship of traditional journalism with the latest tools of new media to contribute an important and lasting piece of enterprise journalism.
Discussion: Capital New York
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Jim Romenesko:
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Nate Hoffelder / eBookNewser:
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Discussion: GigaOM
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Shia Kapos / Chicago Business:
Sun-Times sellers boosted return through prior asset sales
M Ilyas Khan / BBC:
Pakistan journalists ‘threatened by security’ personnel
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
At Least a Few Local Journalists Just Experienced an End of Year Miracle
Discussion: Poynter and FishbowlNY
Jim Romenesko:
Rossi: Kinsley review cut ‘Page One’ box office in half
Ingrid Lunden / paidContent:
Linear TV Consumption Is Growing, But Is Ad Spend?
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Leena Rao / TechCrunch:
Amazon: We Sold Over 4 Million Kindle Devices This Month; Gifting Of E-Books Up 175 Percent
Evan McMorris-Santoro / TPM:
Romney: I'm Going To Fix The Budget By Bringing Ads To Sesame Street
Discussion: Wonkette