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1:30 PM ET, March 8, 2010


 Top News: 
Joe Flint / Company Town:
Disney's deal with Cablevision is good news for broadcasters [Updated]  —  And the Oscar for biggest gamble goes to ... Walt Disney Co.'s ABC.  —  Risking political backlash and hits to its ratings, advertising revenue and public goodwill, Disney Chief Executive Bob Iger drew a line in the sand …
New York Times:
At the Last Minute, a Disney-Cablevision Truce  —  The Oscar statuette became a pawn in a public brawl between the Walt Disney Company and Cablevision on Sunday, a dispute that prevented more than three million viewers from watching the beginning of the Academy Awards show until …
Fred / A VC:
Monopolies, Retransmission Fees, and Screwing Customers
Discussion: MediaMemo
Dirk Smillie / Forbes:
Digital Lift-Off  —  Web ads to get a 10% boost in 2010.  For the first time advertisers will spend more on digital than print.  —  We've been waiting for this: A study by Outsell, to be released Monday, reveals that U.S. advertisers are spending more this year on digital media than on print.
Discussion: Romenesko
David Carr / New York Times:
Breaking the Story That Isn't  —  Reporters have always kept an eye on other reporters.  For a journalist, the only thing more interesting than what you are working on is what your competitor is working on.  —  But what if watching your competitor becomes your whole story?
Megan McCarthy / Mediagazer News:
Introducing Mediagazer  —  Mediagazer presents the day's must read media news on a single page.  —  The media business is in tumult: from the production side to the distribution side, new technologies are upending the industry.  What do news organizations need to do to survive?  Will books become extinct?
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Yet Another Media Aggregation Site?  Yup.  And You'll Read It: Techmeme Unveils Mediagazer.  —  Does the Web need yet another outlet dedicated to media coverage?  Nope.  How about another aggregation site?  Plenty of those to go around too.  —  So what if you combined the two?  Exactly.
Kerry Lauerman / Salon:
The story behind Oscar's “Kanye moment”  —  We talk to the two filmmakers whose personal fight became one of the ceremony's weirdest moments … People are already saying you “pulled a Kanye.”  What happened?  —  BURKETT: What happened was the director and I had a bad difference …
Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
In lean times, TV reporters must be jacks of all trades  —  Scott Broom turns his tripod toward the wall of gray mailboxes, adjusts the camera, walks into the shot and delivers his spiel.  —  “Here's how bad it is for the U.S. Postal Service,” the WUSA reporter says as a handful of customers at the Garrett Park post office look on.
Chris /
News is a lousy business for Google too  —  There is a widespread myth that search engines have taken profits away from news websites.  A few months ago, Rupert Murdoch said: “Google has devised a brilliant business model that avoids paying for news gathering yet profits off the search ads sold around that content.”
Discussion: Kirk LaPointe's …
Paul Boutin / VentureBeat:
The New York Times is hiring 12 techies and a social media whiz  —  While pundits climb over each other to predict the death of The New York Times Company, the NYT is looking to hire at least a dozen full-time software engineers and Web designers, plus one social media marketing manager.
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Bloomberg BusinessWeek's Bullish  —  Taking sharp aim at its rivals, Bloomberg BusinessWeek is prepping for a relaunch April 23 that it boasts will “reinvent” the category, with shorter stories, 20 percent more editorial pages and three more issues for a total of 50.  —  The moves come as others are retrenching.
Discussion: Editors Weblog
Steve Pond / The Wrap:
Analysis: How ‘Hurt Locker’ Became the $21M Movie That Could  —  It wasn't an Oscars for the unexpected.  It was an Oscars for the unprecedented.  —  In the end, “The Hurt Locker” shrugged off the barrage of last-minute criticism and came out of awards season in exactly the same …
Laura Oliver /
FT video could move behind paywall  —  The Financial Times could move its video content behind its paywall, Stephen Pinches, lead product manager, told an industry gathering today.  —  The FT's videos, which include individual series such as long-form interview programme View From the Top …
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
At 10 Years, A Magazine Finds Time To Celebrate  —  The project was not real simple.  —  To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Time Inc. magazine Real Simple wanted to offer “the gift of time” to its harried readers.  Inside the April issue, that means shortcut dinners and time-saving tips.
Stephanie Clifford / New York Times:
The National Enquirer Earns Some Respect  —  The call came into The National Enquirer's Los Angeles tip line — the kind advertised in the supermarket tabloid with the promise “We'll Pay Big for Your Celebrity Gossip” — in late September 2007.  The caller's message was that a woman named Rielle Hunter …
Saeed Kamali Dehghan / Guardian:
Iran steps up pressure on journalists  —  Iranians who work for foreign media come under threat  —  Etemaad, Iran's most prominent reformist daily paper, was closed along with two weekly publications, Irandokht and Sina, a week ago today.  Since the disputed election in June …
Felix Salmon:
Link-phobic bloggers at the NYT and WSJ  —  Clark Hoyt, the NYT's public editor, has a good post-mortem on l'affaire Zachary Kouwe, and asks whether “the culture of DealBook, the hyper-competitive news blog on which Kouwe worked” was partly to blame for his plagiarism.
Mike Reynolds / Multichannel:
Discovery To Simulcast ‘Life’ Debut Across Seven Networks  —  Natural History Series Set For March 21 Debut  —  Life will spring from seven Discovery Communications networks.  —  The natural history series will have a simultaneous two-hour premiere on March 21 at 8 p.m. on Discovery Channel …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
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Claire Cain Miller / New York Times:
How Pandora Slipped Past the Junkyard
Erik Huggers / Guardian:
BBC Online cutbacks: questions for Erik Huggers
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Matea Gold / Los Angeles Times:
The lesson behind the Chief Justice Roberts rumor
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
A Sheriff for Web Ads Gets $10 Million
Discussion: paidContent
Jim Romenesko / Romenesko:
Former E&P editors Mitchell, Strupp find new jobs
Peter Lauria / New York Post:
Family ties bind analyst to NBC's Zucker
Discussion: Company Town
Lucia Moses / Mediaweek:
Foodie Site, Magazine Target Men
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Ad rules to take in Twitter and Facebook
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Steve Herrmann / The Editors:
SuperPower: BBC and Global Voices
Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson / Financial Times:
Abu Dhabi hopes high for media forum
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
News Without the Narrative Needed to Make Sense of the News …
Paul Carr / TechCrunch:
NSFW: Hey, America! …
Discussion: broadstuff and dot.Rory
Drew Grant / Mediaite:
Exclusive: New York Times Writer, Board Member Adam Cohen Leaving Paper
Discussion: FishBowlNY and New York Times
Ken Fisher / Ars Technica:
Why Ad Blocking is devastating to the sites you love