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1:50 PM ET, April 26, 2012


 Top News: 
Paul McNally /
Murdoch: There was a ‘cover-up’ at News of the World  —  ‘There is no question in my mind that someone took charge of a cover-up’, News Corporation chairman tells the Leveson inquiry  —  Management at News International and News Corporation were “misinformed” about the true extent …
Press Association:
Ofcom extends BSkyB investigation  —  Media regulator asks News Group Newspapers to provide papers relating to civil litigation in which Murdoch firm is involved  —  Ofcom has escalated its investigation into whether BSkyB remains a “fit and proper” owner of a broadcasting licence.
Discussion: Guardian and
Paul McNally /
Murdoch: I should have closed News of the World earlier  —  Newspaper boss says he ‘panicked’ when the Milly Dowler revelations came out - but says: 'I'm glad I did'  —  News International: ‘We are now a new company’  —  Copyright: Roger Jones on Geograph.  Some rights reserved
Estelle Shirbon / Reuters:
Hunter turns hunted as Murdoch “harassed” by press  —  Rupert Murdoch described on Thursday being “mobbed” and “harassed” by journalists and paparazzi, in an exchange rich with irony during his testimony at a judicial inquiry on press ethics prompted by criminal behaviour at one of his papers.
ITV News:
Crone accuses Murdoch of a ‘shameful lie’  —  Crone accuses Murdoch of a ‘shameful lie’  —  Former News International legal manager Tom Crone has denied he was involved in a cover-up over hacking at the News of the World.  —  Tom Crione also appeared at the Leveson inquiry Credit: Reuters
Jeevan Vasagar / Guardian:   News International offered to sponsor academy school
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Murdoch belittles the Huffington Post
Discussion: The New York Observer
Jack Shafer / Reuters:
Who cares if Murdoch lobbied?
Dan Sabbagh / Guardian:
Gordon Brown: Rupert Murdoch wrong to claim I declared war on News Corp
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Vogue's flattering article on Syria's first lady is scrubbed from Web  —  It may have been the worst-timed, and most tin-eared, magazine article in decades.  —  “Asma al-Assad is glamorous, young, and very chic — the freshest and most magnetic of first ladies,” writer Joan Juliet Buck began …
Justin Elliott / ProPublica:
Broadcasters' Last Ditch Push to Hide Political Ad Data  —  With the Federal Communications Commission set to vote Friday on whether to require broadcasters to post political ad data online, the industry has been scrambling to water down the proposed rule.  —  The data is currently available only on paper at TV stations.
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
FCC wants to put political ad data online; broadcasters balk  —  Even though such information is already technically public, broadcasters fear that putting that level of detail on the Internet will undermine their own businesses.  —  This month, just before the Pennsylvania primary …
Discussion: Company Town
Jim Romenesko:
Journatic CEO answers critics  —  Here's what he wrote to Ingram: … I told Timpone that I laughed when I read his complaint about journalists not asking about Journatic, because just days ago it was reported that his company was paying employees $50 to snitch on reporters who were asking questions about Journatic.
Alexis Gutter / American Journalism Review:
Telling the Story Through Her Own Words  —  When Eli Sanders sat in court listening to the testimony of a rape victim, he didn't know if the material would result in anything beyond a blog post.  He certainly did not expect it would lead to a Pulitzer Prize for feature writing.
Katherine Fung / The Huffington Post:
Angry New York Times Staffers Protest Outside Shareholders Meeting  —  Angry New York Times staffers took to the company's annual shareholders meeting in a flagrant display of discontent with the paper's handling of contract negotiations on Wednesday.  Nearly seventy New York Times staffers formed …
Discussion: Capital New York and The Awl
Tara Murtha / Philadelphia Weekly:
How Two Photojournalists Are Taking on the City's Gun Crisis  —  A new-media project,, uses old-school journalism tactics to study Philly's homicides.  —  Midnight comes and goes.  For the first time in 11 nights, the city of Philadelphia has gone a full day and night without a homicide.
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