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2:00 PM ET, June 25, 2010

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Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Hulu's Subscription Service Could Come Next Week-For Some of You  —  Some of you may finally get a chance to pay for Hulu.  The video Web site is finalizing plans to launch its subscription service, and people familiar with the company say a beta test of “Hulu Plus” could launch as early as next week.
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Wall Street Journal:
Hulu Could Begin Testing Subscription Service This Month  —  Online video site Hulu is working to finalize agreements with content owners for a service in which consumers would pay to watch television shows, and a test could begin as early as later this month, according to people briefed on the plans.
Peter Kafka / MediaMemo:
Why ABC's iPad App Is Free, but ABC Shows on Hulu's App-to-Be Won't Be  —  One of the benefits of the upcoming Hulu subscription service: The ability of users to watch shows from NBC, Fox and ABC on the iPad.  But iPad users can already watch ABC shows on the iPad via the network's free app.
Discussion: Gizmodo
Matt Dornic / FishbowlDC:
BREAKING: Weigel Resigns  —  FIRST ON FBDC: FishbowlDC has confirmed that WaPo conservative-beat blogger Dave Weigel has resigned after a slew of his anti-conservative comments and emails surfaced on FishbowlDC and Daily Caller over the past two days.  —  A spokesperson for the Post …
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Michael Triplett / Mediaite:
WaPo's Dave Weigel Resigns After More Journolist E-Mails Surface  —  Under fire for leaked emails from Journolist critical of conservative publications and activists, The Washington Post's Dave Weigel has resigned as a blogger.  The paper confirmed to Mediaite that he offered his resignation this morning and they accepted.
Walter Shapiro / Politics Daily:
Rolling Stone McChrystal Profile: The End of Fly-on-the-Wall Reporting?  —  This week the entire journalistic pundit pack embraced the control-the-message dictates of political spin and corporate public relations as they excoriated Gen. Stanley McChrystal for allowing a Rolling Stone reporter to spend a month with him and his entourage.
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Howard Kurtz / Washington Post:
Rolling Stone's McChrystal interview shows the magazine's nonmusical side
John Timpane / Philly.com:
New media too speedy to outflank
Discussion: MarketingVOX and Danger Room
Jay Rosen / PressThink:
The Politico Opens the Kimono. And then Pretends it Never Happened.
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
FCC Stops Comcast-NBCU Shot Clock Again  —  Commission seeks do-over, says companies did not follow directions in data request  —  The FCC is stopping the shot clock on the Comcast-NBC Universal merger for a second time.  Thursday, June 24, had been day 50 on what is an informal 180-day deadline for vetting the deal.
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Economist reports success of mobile phone mag sales  —  The Economist has claimed success with a new mobile-phone-based magazine sales ploy this week, as it reported its overall operating profit had climbed three per cent to £57.5m for the 12 months to April.
Discussion: Noted
Michael Schneider / On The Air:
EXCLUSIVE: Bob Greenblatt departing Showtime; David Nevins expected to take over  —  In a case of one former Fox executive-turned-producer replacing another former Fox executive-turned-producer, David Nevins (above, right) is expected to take the top entertainment gig at Showtime — replacing Bob Greenblatt (above, left).
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The Live Feed | THR:   Showtime's entertainment president to step down
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
Canvas VOD JV Approved: BBC Must Publish Specs In 20 Days  —  The BBC has received final approval to join a joint venture with three other broadcasters that will add a range of VOD, IPTV and internet services to UK TVs.  —  In partnership with with ITV (LSE: ITV), Channel 4, Five …
Gillian Reagan / Capital New York:
Going public  —  Early this morning, a little more than a week after we launched an invite-only test site, we took down our password-protection wall.  Some of you have been calling for us to do so since Day 1, but there were a few things we needed to do before we went public.
Discussion: Romenesko
Richard Huff / NY Daily News:
Huff: Reporters face ‘age-old’ problem  —  Want to see TV news people scatter faster than cockroaches at an exterminators convention?  —  Ask them about their ages.  —  In an interview here in late 2003, Kaity Tong dodged age questions.  She later called back to whisper the number - then 52.
Economist:
An empire gives way  —  Blogs are growing a lot more slowly.  But specialists still thrive  —  ONLINE archaeology can yield surprising results.  When John Kelly of Morningside Analytics, a market-research firm, recently pored over data from websites in Indonesia he discovered a “vast field of dead blogs”.
Craig Silverman / CJR:
A Conversation with Andrew Alexander  —  The Washington Post ombudsman on the paper's corrections process  —  Sooner or later, any news ombudsman or public editor will end up addressing the issues of accuracy, errors, and corrections.  In fact, it sometimes feels as though there's a template …
Stuart Elliott / New York Times:
Advertising: MDC's ‘Million-Dollar Challenge’ to Foster Start-Up Agencies  —  THE TV quiz show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” is about to get a Madison Avenue version, “Who Wants a Million Dollars to Start an Agency.”  —  MDC Partners, the holding company based in Toronto that owns agencies …
California Progress Report:
Freelance Journalists Suffering in Second Wave of News Media Collapse  —  Rebecca Rosen Lum  —  Since slashing their staffs over the past several years, newsrooms have been filling in the gaps with freelancers.  But a survey of Northern California independent journalists by Guild Freelancers suggests …
Discussion: paidContent and Romenesko
the nytpicker:
Trifecta!  Publicist Successfully Plants Three NYT Puff Pieces On New Local Bar, In Span Of Less Than 48 Hours.  —  Just thirty-six hours ago, a new Lower East Side bar, the Blind Barber, hosted its opening night party — and yesterday the establishment opened its doors to the public for the first time.
Discussion: New York Times and City Room
Mary Jo A. Pham / Fortune:
Newsweek, brought to you by...China?  —  FORTUNE — China is no longer content to merely be covered by American media.  It now wants to own it.  —  China-based Southern Media Group confirmed last week that it partnered with Chengdu B-Ray Media for a bid to buy Newsweek magazine from its owner …
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Exclusive: Vevo's Location-Aware iPhone App Debuts in July [PIC]  —  Music videos are going to become a lot more accessible come July, as  —  Vevo will launch its official iPhone app during that sweltering month.  We got a sneak peek at the upcoming toy.  —  Yesterday, I sat down with Rio Caraeff …
John Koblin / New York Observer:
Gerry Marzorati to Step Down as Editor of The New York Times Magazine  —  The Observer has learned that Gerry Marzorati will announce in the next few days that he is stepping down as editor of the Times Magazine.  He is expected to leave at the end of August.
Joe Pompeo / The Wire:
48 HR Magazine Will Cease Sales On June 27  —  Last week, we brought you an update about 48 HR Magazine, which has been embroiled in a legal dispute with CBS over the trademark of “48 Hours” the TV show.  —  Basically, the 48 HR folks had agreed to change the name of the publication …
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48hrmag.com:   48 HR Magazine Sales Deadline
 
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