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5:00 PM ET, October 26, 2011

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Hamilton Nolan / Gawker:
The Shady Marketing Scheme That's Buying Off Your Favorite Bloggers  —  One basic characteristic of journalism is this: its content is not bought and paid for and directed by an advertiser.  It might be vapid.  It might be poorly written.  It might be damn near worthless.  But it's not an advertisement.
Discussion: Poynter
Dylan Byers / Adweek:
Jared Kushner, Dan Abrams in Talks Sources say partnership has been discussed By Dylan Byers  —  Dan Abrams, the founder of Mediaite and the Abrams Media Network, and Jared Kushner, the owner of the New York Observer, have been in talks that have included the discussion of a partnership between Mediaite …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
CBS Sued for Airing Unlicensed Photos of John Edwards' Mistress  —  CBS has been sued by a celebrity photographer who claims the network's The Insider and The Early Show featured without license his images of Reille Hunter, the mistress of former presidential candidate John Edwards, and her child.
Discussion: TVNewser and TVWeek.com
The Independent:
Exclusive: Met finds secret phone at centre of NI hacking  —  Device nicknamed ‘The Hub’ hidden in offices of ‘News of the World’  —  Specialist detectives from the Metropolitan Police have discovered the existence of a secret mobile phone within News International's east London headquarters …
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John Plunkett / Guardian:
Government under fire over alleged BBC licence fee talks with News Corp
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk
Mark Hosenball / Reuters:   Murdoch lawyer accused BBC of phone hacking vendetta
Luke Harding / Guardian:
Saddam Hussein ordered execution of journalist Farzad Bazoft, records reveal  —  Former Iraqi leader argued against clemency and grumbled over length of time it would take to have Bazoft hanged  —  Saddam Hussein personally ordered the execution of the Observer journalist Farzad Bazoft …
Matthew Panzarino / The Next Web:
How Apple won the ebook pricing war by strong-arming Amazon  —  At the launch of the iPad in 2010, Walt Mossberg asked Steve Jobs a question that sparked a ton of debate about Apple's ebook pricing that has gone mostly unexplained, until now.  The question was: why would people pay more for ebooks …
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William Neuman / New York Times:
Daniel B. Burke Dies at 82; Helped Engineer Capital Cities-ABC Deal  —  Daniel B. Burke, who helped engineer the acquisition of the American Broadcasting Company by Capital Cities, one of the boldest corporate takeovers of the 1980s, and went on to become chief executive of the merged company …
Discussion: Deadline.com
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
WSJ, NYT Wikileaks Knockoffs Stuck in Neutral  —  “Harder than it looks, isn't it, Mr. Keller?”  Image by AFP/Getty Images via @daylife  —  The news that Wikileaks is suspending operations for lack of funds ought to represent a big opportunity for The new York Times and The Wall Street Journal.
Discussion: Poynter
Electronista:
Condé Nast digital subs soar 268% after iPad gets Newsstand  —  Conde Nast credits iOS 5 to surge in reading  —  Condé Nast suggested on Tuesday that tablet magazines might have turned a corner with the launch of iOS 5.  Since the iPad received access to Newsstand …
Burgess Everett / Politico:
Watchdogs take aim at MSNBC, Buchanan  —  Both Media Matters for America and Color of Change are petitioning MSNBC this week to either fire or sanction former GOP presidential candidate and MSNBC contributor Pat Buchanan for what the two organizations characterize as the use of his platform to espouse bigotry and white supremacy.
Jim Romenesko / Poynter:
Judge OKs $32 million settlement for Tribune employees  —  Romenesko+ Misc.  —  A federal judge has granted preliminary approval of the $32 million settlement — announced in August — for former Los Angeles Times auto writer Dan Neil and Tribune employees.  The final hearing is set for January 30.
Jon Bershad / Mediaite:
Hilarious Video Shows How The NY Times, Fox News, And The Huffington Post Write Their OWS Headlines  —  Guys, incredible news!  Somehow, someone snuck cameras into the headquarters of a bunch of major American news outlets to see how they're biases inform their reporting on the Occupy protests!
Discussion: Poynter
Barton Eckert / Washington Business Journal:
Gannett board elects new director  —  Washington Business Journal by Barton Eckert  —  Inc. announced that Susan Ness, a former commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission and the head of Susan Ness Strategies, has been elected to the board of directors, effective immediately.
Cindy Adams / New York Post:
Amanpour back to CNN?  —  “This Week” anchor Christiane Amanpour isn't getting along with the bosses at ABC News, and has reached out to the honchos at CNN to return to the network where she started her career.  Sources tell us award-winning Amanpour has been “miserable” …
Robert Feder / Time Out Chicago:
Gloom and doom: Clear Channel's dark future begins today  —  When the largest radio company in America assembles its major market general managers in Chicago today, it won't be to tell them what a swell job they're doing.  —  Instead, if knowledgeable industry reports are correct …
Discussion: smays.com
Christina Boyle / NY Daily News:
Andy Rooney hospitalized over complications from surgery: 60 Minutes curmudgeon in stable condition  —  Andy Rooney, the veteran television commentator who delivered his final essay on CBS newsmagazine “60 Minutes” this month, was hospitalized Tuesday.  —  The 92-year-old developed serious complications …
Discussion: Associated Press
Lara O'Reilly / Marketing Week:
i newspaper has reason to celebrate on its first anniversary  —  As the i newspaper slices into its first birthday cake today, its doubters may well be eating humble pie as they look back on its overwhelmingly successful year in one of the toughest ever periods for print media.
Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:
Chicago Tribune plans books section, at an extra charge  —  (Crain's) — Chicago Tribune is planning to launch a weekly literary review section in January, hoping to charge up to $2 for the add-on product, according to sources familiar with the project.  —  In addition to book reviews …
Discussion: mediabistro.com
rbr.com:
ABC Spark to launch in Canada  —  The upcoming millennial-focused 24/7 network in Canada is borne from a licensing deal between Disney/ABC Television Group (DATG) and Corus Entertainment.  ABC Spark is expected to launch Spring 2012 and will build on the foundation that DATG has created with ABC Family.
Discussion: Company Town
Josh Halliday / paidContent:
Former MySpace CEO: News Corp's Marketing Miscues Killed The Social Network  —  The former chief executive of MySpace has spoken for the first time about the demise of the once-dominant social network, admitting that News Corporation should have relaunched the site as “an entirely new brand”.
 
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Robert Blau, Steven Hahn join Pulitzer Prize board
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Liz Gannes / AllThingsD:
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Matthew Flamm / Crain's New York Business:
Group calls on Village Voice Media to drop sex ads
Discussion: Poynter and Media & Entertainment
Amy Wicks / WWD:
Layoffs Hit Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Joel Gunter / Journalism.co.uk:
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Discussion: Guardian and Editors Weblog
Joe Flint / LA Times:
Fox taps Wertheimer as head of digital
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
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