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8:15 AM ET, January 11, 2012

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John Plunkett / Guardian:
BSkyB axes Al Gore's Current TV from its pay-TV lineup  —  Sky makes ‘commercial decision’ to let go of documentary channel that has struggled for ratings  —  Al Gore's Current TV channel in the UK is facing closure after BSkyB - part owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation - axed it from its pay-TV lineup.
Discussion: @iburrell
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Ian Burrell / @iburrell:
Guardian:
Leveson inquiry: Peter Wright, Liz Hartley - live  —  Full coverage as the Mail on Sunday editor and legal chief appear at the inquiry into media standards and phone hacking  —  10.26am: Silva says there have been “a handful” of complaints by celebrities over the past few years.
Jim Romenesko:
Halifax waives non-compete clause for NYT Regional Media Group employees  —  From: McFarlin, Diane  —  To: !  STHQ-Sarasota Users  —  Subject: good news  —  Everyone:  —  Michael Redding has decided to waive the non-compete clause and the family relationship policies for all existing employees.
Discussion: St. Petersburg Times
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Julie Moos / Poynter:
Confirmed: Halifax noncompete will not apply to New York Times Regional employees  —  At a staff meeting at the Lakeland Ledger Tuesday afternoon, employees were told to tear up the controversial noncompete agreement because it would not apply to them.  The Florida paper's publisher told …
Julie Moos / Poynter:
Lawyer: Where's the journalist who leaves Halifax supposed to get a job?
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM
Steven Nelson / The Daily Caller:
Color of Change claims another scalp: MSNBC indefinitely suspends Pat Buchanan  —  The liberal activist group Color of Change announced Tuesday evening that it received confirmation from MSNBC that the left-leaning cable news network has indefinitely suspended conservative commentator Pat Buchanan.
Discussion: Inside Cable News
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James Crugnale / Mediaite:
Pat Buchanan Denies Being Suspended By MSNBC, Says He's On Medical Leave  —  Pat Buchanan is disputing reports he was suspended from MSNBC and contends that he was instead on medical leave.  “Well, you know I've had some medical issues at the end of the year which were pretty problematic …
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Huffington Post Losing Key Editor and Top Tech Wizard  —  It's a familiar story: Hot company gets acquired; then, one by one, many of the talented people who made it hot start drifting away, one by one, bonus checks in hand.  A version of that is playing out at AOL's Huffington Post Media Group now.
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Ben Popper / Betabeat:   Former HuffPo CTO Paul Berry Building New Startup and Incubator With Lerer Ventures
Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Why media outlets team up in an election year  —  We've reached the point in journalism where we barely bat an eye when two news organizations say they're joining forces.  Anything less than a merger is just not an earth mover these days, when egos, brands, unique audiences — all of the guarded …
Discussion: Future of Journalism
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Adam Sherk:
News Organizations on Google+: Which Pages Get the Most Engagement?  —  News organizations (along with businesses of all kinds) have been able to create official Google+ pages for a couple months now so I thought I'd check in and see how their pages are doing.
Wall Street Journal:
Sale Explored for New Republic  —  The owners of the New Republic, a fixture of political journalism, are exploring a possible sale of the magazine and have hired a financial adviser, people familiar with the matter said.  —  Adviser Blackstone Group is expected to reach out to various media companies …
Suzanna Andrews / Vanity Fair:
The Mystery Woman Behind the Murdoch Mess  —  Rebekah Brooks was running the News of the World at 31, and Rupert Murdoch's entire British newspaper empire at 41.  A virtual member of the Murdoch family, close to Prime Ministers Blair, Brown, and Cameron, she relished her power—until the phone-hacking scandal took her down.
Discussion: Business Insider
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
The Economist Tries A Flipboard-Like Election App All In HTML  —  The Economist has given HTML web apps another shot in the arm by packaging its U.S. presidential election material in to a new Flipboard-like tablet content offering that works entirely in the web browser.
David D. Burstein / Fast Company:
The New York Times's Nick Kristof On Journalism In A Digital World And The Age Of Activism  —  Nicholas Kristof has been writing for The New York Times for more than a quarter century and has appeared on that paper's op-ed page since 2001, often penning articles about the struggles of people in distant parts of the world.
Mark Katches / California Watch:
Media partners pool resources to fund bullet train trip  —  When Fresno Bee business reporter Tim Sheehan boarded a plane for Spain in November, his trip signaled a new chapter of collaboration for a growing group of California news organizations.  —  Sheehan spent eight days abroad …
Discussion: LA Observed
Merrill Knox / TVNewser:
Bloomberg TV's Trish Regan: ‘Unprecedented’ Level Of Interest In Business News  —  On her second day at Bloomberg TV, anchor Trish Regan already has a vision for “Street Smart.”  —  Regan sees the two-hour show — which airs from 3pm-5pmET, encompassing the daily closing bell — as a …
Discussion: News on News
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Even on smartphones, your news is more likely to be found through social media  —  The average person looking at a smartphone screen right now is more likely to come across news from your organization through a Facebook or Twitter app than through your own news app.
Stuart Elliott / Media Decoder:
Magazine Ad Pages Fell 3.1% in 2011, With a Weak End to the Year  —  Declines in the second half of last year resulted in a overall drop in advertising pages in magazines for 2011 compared with 2010, according to a report distributed on Tuesday by the Publishers Information Bureau.
Josh Stearns / Save the News:
Journalists Need to Advocate for Better Media Policy  —  The Stop Online Piracy Act has sparked an important debate among journalists and within journalism organizations about their role as advocates for and against policies that impact the future of news.  Of course, journalists have long …
 
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Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
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Stephen Glover / The Independent:
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Bill McClellan / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
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Alicia Shepard / Poynter:
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Lucia Moses / Adweek:
John Solomon to Leave NewsBeast Editor to devote himself to startup By Lucia Moses
Jay Rosen / Pressthink:
Too Much Innovation at the Washington Post? My Q & A with the Post's Ombudsman
Discussion: Poynter
David Hirschman / Street Fight:
Patch Triples Traffic Year-Over-Year, Claims Growth Across Network ‘Consistent’
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Felicia Pride / FishbowlNY:
Bloomberg Hires New Global Head of Web
Discussion: Bloomberg
Press Gazette:
Former Met officer arrested in phone-hack leaks probe
Discussion: Guardian
Jim Romenesko:
Courant hires ad director it skewered in its news pages
Nina Totenberg / NPR:
Supreme Court To Consider FCC Indecency Case
Discussion: @jbflint and Free Press