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8:40 PM ET, March 7, 2010


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Disney Pulls ABC From Cablevision After Deal Fails  —  The Walt Disney Company pulled its ABC station from Cablevision at 12:01 a.m. Sunday after failing to reach an agreement with the cable provider on a new contract, potentially leaving about three million cable customers in New York …
Drew Grant / Mediaite:
Exclusive: Cablevision Fights Back Offering Best Picture Movies All Night  —  Well that's one way to end a dispute: Tonight Cablevision will be offering their subscribers exclusive On Demand movies at no charge, including Academy Award nominees The Hurt Locker and District 9.
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Pre-Oscar Drama: Disney Sends ‘New’ Proposal; Cablevision Offers Binding Arbitration  —  Last-minute dramatics this afternoon as the next “deadline” approaches for Disney (NYSE: DIS) and Cablevision: tonight's Academy Awards.  Disney says it's sent a new proposal and the ball is in the cable operator's court.
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Clark Hoyt / New York Times:
Journalistic Shoplifting  —  ZACHERY KOUWE, a Times business reporter for a little over a year, resigned last month after he was accused of plagiarizing from The Wall Street Journal.  An internal review of his work turned up more articles — he said he was shown four — containing copy clearly lifted from other news sources.
Discussion: The Wire
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.
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 …
Ben Fritz / Company Town:
First look: ‘Alice in Wonderland’ opens to record-setting $210 million  —  Disney discovered an opening weekend in “Wonderland” the likes of which had never been seen before, taking in an eye-popping $210.3 million around the world in its debut.  —  Director Tim Burton's 3-D adaptation …
Chuck Salter / Fast Company:
Oscar or Not, “Coraline” Is a $65-Million Gamble That Paid Off for Phil and Travis Knight  —  On the morning that Oscar nominees were announced last month, Nike founder Phil Knight called his son, Travis, at 6 a.m. They both had just gotten word: Coraline, the debut film by their studio Laika, was up for best-animated film.
Magda Abu-Fadil / Media on
Arab Print Media Weather Financial Crunch Better Than Western Counterparts  —  Print media in the west may be struggling for survival but newspapers in the Arab world, which took a few hits, are nonetheless thriving and expected to grow, a recent study showed.
James Camp / Mediaite:
HBO to Dramatize The Financial Meltdown In All Its Gory Details  —  Like those who enjoy their car-chases, their full-frontal nudes, their dance-and-song ensembles, the strip of the populace tickled by the thought of Hank Paulson cringing over a toilet is now, evidently, sufficient to launch a movie.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC boss says cuts will help rivals  —  BBC's web cuts, which will involve closing about 200 sites, are not simply an exercises in clearing dead wood, digital chief says  —  Erik Huggers, the BBC digital chief, has promised its closure of 200 websites is not simply an exercise in cutting dead wood and will help rivals.
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