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7:25 AM ET, December 14, 2011


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Amanpour to Leave ABC's ‘This Week’ and Rejoin CNN  —  Updated Christiane Amanpour is leaving the anchor chair of ABC's “This Week” and returning to her old network home, CNN, as the anchor of an evening newscast on CNN International.  —  The changes, confirmed Tuesday evening …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Amanpour Leaving ‘This Week’ for New ABC Role, CNN International Show  —  NEW YORK — Christiane Amanpour will soon step down as host of ABC's “This Week” to take on a new role at the network, where she'll host about six primetime specials a year and appear on ABC News programs …
Steve Myers / Poynter:
Brian Stelter accidentally tweets tip about Amanpour leaving ‘This Week’  —  Brian Stelter had an awkward Twitter moment this afternoon when he accidentally tweeted to his 97,000 followers that he had heard that Christiane Amanpour would be departing as host of ABC's “This Week.”
Christopher Goffard / Los Angeles Times:
Russ Stanton steps down as Times editor  —  Managing Editor Davan Maharaj will assume the top newsroom job.  Stanton, 52, has led the news organization for four years, a period in which the paper won three Pulitzer Prizes, including the Public Service Award for exposing corruption in the city of Bell.
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
L.A. Times Rocked by More Turmoil: Top Editor Quits With Cuts Looming (Updated)  —  The Los Angeles Times was rocked by more turmoil Tuesday when editor Russ Stanton resigned in advance of another round of cutbacks.  —  Stanton, whose last day is Dec. 23, has presided over a tumultuous period …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and LA Observed
Alexander Burns / Politico:
Trump Bows Out  —  This just in: Donald Trump has bowed out of moderating the NewsMax debate in Iowa later, announcing his decision in a statement saying he will not give up the option of running for president as an independent.  Trump:
Bobby Bank / ABCNEWS:
Donald Trump Backs Out of Debate, Floating Independent Bid
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Video of ‘Times’ photographer's confrontation with police touches off another exchange between NYPD and local media  —  An attorney for The New York Times sent an email yesterday afternoon to Deputy Police Commissioner Paul Browne expressing “disappointment” after officers interfered …
Molly Knefel / Salon:
Busted for Tweeting  —  Police escalation in New York as my brother and 17 other people are arrested for observing an occupation  —  Monday morning marked yet another Day of Action for the Occupy Wall Street movement.  Eight cities on the West Coast attempted to shutdown ports.
Josh Stearns / Save the News:   NYPD: Elmo Safe, Journalists Not So Much
Tom Crone returns to give evidence  —  Full coverage as the former News of the World editor and ex-News International director of legal affairs give evidence  —  12.03pm: The inquiry breaks for five minutes while Sherborne takes legal instruction regarding the surveillance.
Discussion: Poynter
Richard Allen Greene / CNN:   James Murdoch warned over phone hacking, e-mail shows
Sam Marsden / The Independent:   Leveson Inquiry: News International ‘tried to influence prosecution’ of jailed royal editor
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Media and Entertainment Companies Add Support to Proposed Antipiracy Legislation  —  Big media companies have ratcheted up the pressure on Washington to support legislation that would protect online content.  —  On Tuesday, dozens of entertainment, sports and media companies …
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and Techdirt
Gautham Nagesh / Hillicon Valley:
Dodd on piracy bill: ‘Hollywood is pro-Internet’
Andrew Albanese / Publishers Weekly:
Authors Guild Files for Class Certification in Google Case  —  The Google Book Settlement may be dead, but the litigation lives on.  On December 12, attorneys for the Authors Guild filed a motion for class certification, hitting the deadline set forth by Judge Denny Chin at a September 15 status conference …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
AP Launches Strategy To Go Beyond Breaking News, Become More ‘Distinct’  —  NEW YORK — The Associated Press has been getting it first and getting it right for the past 165 years.  —  But as traditional rivals like Bloomberg and Reuters ramp up opinion and analysis — and as competition increased …
Verizon ‘Very Serious’ About Making Bid for Netflix, Banker Says  —  Verizon Communications Inc. (VZ), the second-largest U.S. phone company, is “very serious” about a bid to acquire online movie provider Netflix Inc. (NFLX), an investment banker said.  —  Verizon may kick off a bidding war …
Will Richmond / paidContent:
If Netflix Is In Play, Here's Some Companies That Would Be In The Hunt
Discussion: VideoNuze and
Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:
Chicago Tribune subscriber sues over rate hike  —  (Crain's) — A Chicago Tribune reader upset that her credit card account was charged for a subscription rate increase without prior notice called to complain, but didn't get any satisfaction from the Philippines-based call center — so she's suing the newspaper company.
Cory Doctorow / Guardian:
The Pirates of Youtube  —  The real villains of YouTube are the multinational companies cashing in on public domain footage they claim is their own  —  When you hear about “piracy” in connection to YouTube, perhaps you think of the billion-dollar lawsuit brought by Viacom against the Google division …
Discussion: Hillicon Valley and VentureBeat
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Jim Romenesko:
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