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5:05 AM ET, February 16, 2012

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New York Times:
Interference Seen in Philadelphia Papers  —  Last week, Gregory J. Osberg, chief executive and publisher of the Philadelphia Media Network, which publishes The Inquirer, The Daily News and Philly.com, summoned the news organization's three most senior editors to his office.
Discussion: Gannett Blog
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Julie Moos / Poynter:
Philly papers to lose 37 positions through buyouts, layoffs  —  Philadelphia Media Network executives announced at a meeting with Guild leaders today that they will reduce the newsrooms of the Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com by 37 positions.  The company will offer buyouts first, and then begin layoffs if necessary.
Buzz Bissinger / New York Times:   Who Will Tell Philadelphia's Story?
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Met probes claims that Sun paid some public officials more than £10k a year  —  Source familiar with News Corp internal inquiry says it has found ‘serious suspected criminality over a sustained period’  —  The Scotland Yard investigation into alleged illegal payments by Sun journalists …
Discussion: Capital New York
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Lena Groeger / ProPublica:
Murdoch's Circle: The Growing News International Scandal  —  From phone hacking to bribery, the corruption at News International has involved many players—increasingly, ones close to Rupert Murdoch.  We've mapped out the players involved in this growing debacle, organized by their proximity …
Robert Hutton / Bloomberg:
News Corp. Hacking Report Delayed by Debate
Discussion: Capital New York and Guardian
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Sun staff line up human rights challenge to News Corp inquiry team
Rem Rieder / American Journalism Review:
Ignoring the Facts at PolitiFact  —  Its off-the-mark conclusions are undermining its credibility.  Weds., February 15, 2012.  —  Rem Rieder (rrieder@ajr.umd.edu) is AJR's editor and senior vice president.  —  Nobody is a bigger fan than I am of the rise of the fact-checking movement in contemporary journalism.
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Joe Flint / Company Town:
CNN officially severs ties with Larry King  —  CNN and Larry King are going their separate ways.  —  Though King gave up his daily prime-time talk show on CNN in December 2010, he still had a deal for several specials.  The last of those — “A Larry King Special: Dinner With the Kings” — aired in December.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
WUSA reporter Andrea McCarren balks after backlash over teen drinking stories  —  At first, the comments from viewers were just nasty.  No problem.  Andrea McCarren, a veteran TV reporter, could handle that.  —  But then the response to McCarren's reports about underage drinking on WUSA …
Lucas Shaw / The Wrap:
CBS 4Q Profits Soar Despite Revenue Dip  —  Profits at CBS surged 17 percent to $384 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, capping off a year in which its net income nearly doubled, according to its earnings report on Wednesday.  —  The strong earnings report, which included a new corporate record …
McKay Coppins / Buzz Feed:
Atlantic Media Execs Headed To To St. Bart's  —  The owner of The Atlantic Media is paying to send 20 senior executives and editors to St. Bart's, a posh French Caribbean destination.  Atlantic owner David Bradley, who is building a home on the resort island, rented villas for editors …
JP Mangalindan / Fortune:
AOL may never be able to patch up Patch  —  The internet company has placed high hopes — and lots of cash — in its hyperlocal news venture.  But, with just a few sites actually turning a profit, the numbers may never add up.  —  FORTUNE — It was supposed to be a savior.
Amanda Hess / GOOD:
Boys Will Hire Boys: The Media Is Male and Getting Maler  —  My first job in journalism was at a local newspaper staffed mostly by men.  When many of them left for gigs elsewhere, I was told that hiring decisions would be based on finding the “best person for the job.”
Michael Cieply / New York Times:
Rather Than Flirt With Audience, Oscar Producers Play Hard to Get  —  LOS ANGELES — At the Kodak Theater in Hollywood, where the Oscars will be staged a week from Sunday, every entrance is decked with a sign that warns unauthorized people to keep out.  —  This year the closed doors are not just a security measure.
Jeff Roberts / paidContent:
Why News Companies Can't Get On Top Of Digital Advertising  —  A new study is making the rounds that suggests news companies are flubbing the digital ad game.  The study offers fact morsels but also a larger story about the industry.  —  “Digital Advertising and News,” …
Discussion: Street Fight
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Comcast's Net Income Increases, Lifted by Internet Subscriptions  —  A slowing decline in the number of customers cancelling their cable service coupled with a boost in high-speed Internet subscriptions contributed to a 26.4 percent increase in net income at Comcast, the nation's largest cable provider.
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Meg James / Company Town:
Comcast fourth-quarter profit jumps 26%; NBC and film lag
Matthew Fleischer / FishbowlLA:
James Rainey, Brian Stelter Get the Bill O'Reilly Treatment  —  The Daily Caller's Tucker Carlson went on The O'Reilly Factor to talk about his latest “investigative” scoop.  That would be his story on how various left-leaning columnists across America receive and report, without attribution …
Discussion: Poynter and The Daily Caller
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