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7:30 PM ET, April 6, 2011

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Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Glenn Beck to End Daily Fox News Program  —  Glenn Beck will end his daily Fox News Channel program later this year.  —  His departure was jointly announced in a statement on Wednesday by Fox and Mr. Beck's company, Mercury Radio Arts.  The statement did not specify an end date for the show …
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The Daily Beast:
Glenn Beck, Fox Agree to Divorce  —  The highly rated host became such a lightning rod that many at Fox wanted him out—and for Beck, the feeling was mutual.  Howard Kurtz on the demise of cable's most radioactive show.  —  Despite his monster ratings, Fox News is bidding farewell to Glenn Beck …
Glynnis MacNicol / The Wire:
Here's The Real Reason Glenn Beck And Fox News Are Parting Ways  —  Glenn Beck and Fox New have parted ways.  —  But why now?  —  After weeks of rumors, and stories, and very public jockeying, the news arrived today arguably somewhat sooner than expected — Beck's contract with Fox doesn't end until the end of the year.
Discussion: Speakeasy and Guardian
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Exclusive: AOL Fires Moviefone Editor Who Offered Fired Freelancers the Chance to Work for, Um, Free  —  Yesterday, AOL's Huffington Post Media Group got into hot water after the top editor at its Moviefone unit sent a memo to freelancers it was in the midst of firing, offering them an opportunity to …
Discussion: FishbowlNY, Poynter and Betabeat
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Joe Pompeo / Yahoo! News:
Recap genre not so lucrative after all: AOL TV freelancers are next to go
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:   AOL Axes Freelancers. Time to Dust Off the WARN Act?
Jeffrey Benzing / American Journalism Review:
“Too Amazing To Turn Down”  —  Why high-profile journalists are leaving prestigious news outlets like the New York Times to join The Huffington Post.  Posted: Tue, April 5, 2011  —  Jeffrey Benzing (jbenzing@ajr.umd.edu) is an AJR editorial assistant.  —  What do you get when you take a handful …
Wall Street Journal:
Google to Revamp YouTube With ‘Channels’  —  Google Inc.'s YouTube video website is working on a major site overhaul to organize its content around “channels” as it positions itself for the rise of Internet-connected televisions that allow people to watch online video in their living rooms, according to people familiar with the matter.
Erick Schonfeld / TechCrunch:
Estimate: In Two Years, Streaming TV Will Be An $800 Million Business for Netflix and Hulu  —  By the end of this year, an estimated 2 million households in the U.S. will have abandoned TV for the Web, cutting the cord with their cable companies.  This estimate comes from Convergence Consulting Group …
Ben Parr / Mashable!:
Facebook Reaches Out to Journalists With Page, Workshops  —  In an attempt to promote the use of Facebook in the newsroom, Facebook has unveiled a new Facebook Page and meetup program for journalists.  —  The new Page, Journalists on Facebook, is intended to be a resource for journalists …
Staci D. Kramer / paidContent:
Sulzberger: $40 Million Estimate For Paywall Cost Is ‘Vastly Wrong’  —  Earlier this year, Bloomberg reported that the New York Times Co. (NYSE: NYT) spent $40 million or more to build the digital paywall that went live late last month.  Not so, insists Arthur Sulzberger …
Robin Wauters / TechCrunch:
DISH Wins Bankruptcy Auction, Buys Blockbuster Assets For $228M In Cash  —  DISH Network this morning announced that it was selected as the winning bidder in the bankruptcy court auction for substantially all of the assets of Blockbuster, which went belly up in September 2010.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
PIB: Magazine Ad Pages Continue To Grow, Albeit Slowly  —  Magazine ad pages grew 2.5 percent in the first three months of 2011 compared to the same period last year, a time when the ad recovery was gaining momentum, the latest Publishers Information Bureau figures show.
David Kaplan / paidContent:
Examiner.com To Offer Incentive Pay For Meeting Quality Content Guidelines  —  Hyperlocal network Examiner.com has often been frustrated by being lumped in with the so-called “content farms.”  So, over the past year, it has been trying to find ways of highlighting the differences between …
Julia Boorstin / Media Money with Julia Boorstin:
Tom Freston's Bet on Vice and the Future of Media  —  Tom Freston made MTV a giant, and now he's making a bet on a small media venture which has a lot of similarities.  Vice is edgy, it targets young men, and former Viacom CEO [VIA Loading...  () ] Freston says it has huge international growth potential.
Discussion: MediaPost and rbr.com
Kara Swisher / BoomTown:
Former AOL Media Exec Marty Moe to Join Engadget Gang of Eight at SB Nation  —  Just what is SB Nation's Jim Bankoff up to?  —  Earlier this week, he hired away eight staffers from AOL's Engadget in order to create a competing tech news and gadget reviews site.
Simon Dumenco / AdAge:
Can CNN's Piers Morgan Tweet His Way to Ratings Success?  —  Dumenco's Trendrr Chart of the Week  —  Piers Morgan's predecessor at CNN, Larry King, was so famously technophobic that I once included him in a Media Guy Pop Quiz for exactly that reason.  The quiz ran in the wake …
Discussion: Show Tracker
 
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Damon Kiesow / Poynter:
Twitter's new search favors Groupon's many accounts over local media organization accounts
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
New name, new mission: NPR Digital Services expands, hoping to help streamline local journalism
Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
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Meg James / Company Town:
Univision gains on NBC, signaling shifts in population trends
Discussion: Fast Company and TVWeek.com
Jay Yarow / The Wire:
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What Mark Cuban Is Talking About When He Talks About the “Role of Media for Sports Teams”
Discussion: SBNation.com and blog maverick
Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
YES says no to cable app
Discussion: Company Town and TVWeek.com
 Earlier Picks: 
Mark Oppenheimer / Slate:
Save NPR! But please, put PBS out of its misery.
Discussion: TVNewser and Most Recent Media …
Stephen Battaglio / TVGuide.com:
The Biz: Meredith Vieira Expected to Leave NBC's Today
Andy Plesser / Beet.TV:
Akamai Expects Half of Premium Video will Be Consumed via Connected Devices in Three Years
Discussion: Future of Journalism
Kat Stoeffel / New York Observer:
Amy Tennery Will Edit Blog-Mogul Dan Abrams' New Blog About Moguls
Neal Augenstein / MediaShift:
How One Radio Reporter Ditched His Equipment for an iPhone 4
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Murdoch lands £153m from Shine deal
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Runnin' Scared