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2:25 PM ET, April 3, 2012


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
News Corp. Still Backing James Murdoch  —  News Corp. is making a show of publicly backing James Murdoch, its deputy chief operating officer, after he stepped down as chairman of BSkyB.  —  Here's the full statement the company (which also owns this Web site) just released:
Discussion: Telegraph
Dominic Rushe / Guardian:
News Corp shareholders renew call for Rupert Murdoch to step down  —  Calls for Murdoch to be replaced are reignited following James Murdoch's resignation from British pay-TV giant BSkyB  —  Shareholder activists have renewed their call for Rupert Murdoch to quit as chairman of News Corporation …
Discussion: Guardian and AllThingsD
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch and son James expected at Leveson inquiry  —  Rupert Murdoch and James Murdoch are expected to be summoned to the inquiry into press ethics within weeks after Lord Justice Leveson announced he would be calling in newspaper owners to give evidence between now and the middle of May.
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Ex-Met police boss John Yates attended News of the World reporter's wedding
Discussion: Press Gazette and
Sarah Marshall /
Leveson inquiry: Rebekah Brooks reapplies for core participant status
Discussion: Press Gazette
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
James Murdoch quits another News Corp group to spare BSkyB from fall-out
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
‘Today’ Tops ‘Good Morning America’ With Katie Couric On First Day  —  The ratings for the first day of the intense morning show war between the morning shows and the winner is... “Today.”  The NBC morning show came in 333,000 viewers ahead of “GMA” on Monday, according to Nielsen.
Eric Deggans / Tampa Bay Times:
Sarah Palin knocks lamestream media while getting two hours free publicity on NBC's Today  —  Now I know why Sarah Palin calls it the lamestream media.  Halfway through the first two hours of Palin's “guest hosting” stint on NBC's Today show this morning, I was still waiting …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
2012 National Magazine Awards nominees announced  —  After years of refining its unique blend of irreverent hipster screeds and hard-hitting international journalism, it seems that Vice is officially all grown up: The title will go head-to-head with industry stand-bys Bloomberg Businessweek …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Robert Redford to Produce a Documentary About Watergate  —  Rarely does reality intersect with role playing the way it did two Sundays ago in Bob Woodward's living room.  —  Meeting him there were Carl Bernstein, his writing partner at The Washington Post during the Watergate scandal in the 1970s …
Bill Carter / Media Decoder:
Letterman and Ferguson Extend Runs on CBS  —  CBS, closing the lid on any speculation that change might be coming for its late-night lineup, announced Tuesday that both David Letterman and Craig Ferguson have agreed to continue in their shows for at least two more years.
Jeff Bercovici / Mixed Media:
Tabloid Tangle: Jim Dolan Accuses Mort Zuckerman of Extortion  —  Publishing a tabloid newspaper in New York is not for the timid, but the accusation Cablevision CEO Jim Dolan just leveled against New York Daily News owner Mort Zuckerman is strong stuff even by those standards.
Matt Chaban / The New York Observer:
T-Squared Off: With Paul Goldberger Leaving for Vanity Fair, Is This the End of Architecture Criticism at The New Yorker?  —  There are two great thrones in American architectural criticism, that of The New Yorker and The New York Times.  It was at these two journalistic institutions …
Rupal Parekh / AdAge:
Many Magazines Racing to Capitalize on Pinterest  —  Publishers Exploring Platform, Watching Rivals' Moves  —  Last month, digital executives from Hearst's 20 or so titles were summoned for an important meeting at the company's Manhattan headquarters.  —  The pressing subject was Pinterest …
Discussion: New York Times and Adweek, Thanks:@matt_creamer
Daniel Frankel / paidContent:
Researcher: Over 1 Million U.S. Cable Subscribers Cut Cord In 2011  —  Cable and satellite TV subscription growth slowed down more than had been previously reported, and cord-cutting was a primary factor.  But don't worry about it — a revolution that will re-create the current multi-channel access paradigm is still a long way away.
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
DirecTV Asks Who Makes Decisions at Tribune as Blackouts Extend  —  DirecTV (DTV), the largest U.S. satellite- TV company, still doesn't know whether it should negotiate with Tribune Co. management or its creditors to end a blackout of 23 local stations, DirecTV's head of programming said.
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
DirecTV files complaint with FCC over loss of Tribune Co. programming
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Justin Ellis / Nieman Journalism Lab:
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Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
IRE, ASNE announce winners as awards season approaches Pulitzers
Discussion: and California Watch
Elspeth Reeve / The Atlantic Wire:
In Defense of the Media's Coverage of Trayvon Martin
Sonia Paul / Mashable:
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Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
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Discussion: Adweek and FishbowlNY
Paul Smalera / Reuters:
The recession killed journalism - and saved it
Discussion: Capital New York, newsplexer and WWD
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
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