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2:55 PM ET, October 23, 2012


 Top News: 
Alan Cowell / New York Times:
BBC Chief Defends Handling of Sex Abuse Scandal  —  LONDON — The director general of the British Broadcasting Corporation on Tuesday defended the institution's handling of a burgeoning sex abuse scandal involving one of its best-known personalities, saying the corporation was not trying to …
Press Gazette:
‘Five to 10’ staff in BBC sex probe during ‘Savile period’, says DG George Entwistle  —  The BBC is investigating up to 10 “serious allegations” involving past and present employees, director general George Entwistle said today.  —  He gave the figure as he faced a hostile grilling from MPs …
Discussion: Guardian and Channel 4
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Times Must Aggressively Cover Mark Thompson's Role in BBC's Troubles  —  One of the most difficult challenges for news organizations is reporting on what goes on inside their own corporate walls.  Two global media companies, the BBC and The New York Times, are dealing with that challenge right now …
Press Association:
Newsnight editor ‘tried to kill’ Savile story  —  A Newsnight reporter has alleged that her editor tried to “kill” the Jimmy Savile story by making “impossible editorial demands” and saying the women who spoke out about the TV star were not too young at the time of the incidents.
Discussion: Guardian
Jon Henley / Guardian:
Jimmy Savile row: is it really the BBC's biggest crisis ever?  —  The broadcaster's history is littered with bust-ups, controversies and embarrassments.  But is the current crisis really worse than its running battles with Margaret Thatcher or the Hutton report?
John Plunkett / Guardian:   Mark Thompson offers to appear before MPs
Jimmy Savile: BBC's lawyers blocked emails on decision to drop Newsnight expose
Discussion: BBC and Guardian
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Wall Street Journal Newsroom Buzzing Over Editor Succession  —  NEW YORK - The Wall Street Journal can be considered an accurate source for information about the top editor of the Wall Street Journal.  So when John Jannarone, citing “people familiar with the matter,” reported last week …
Discussion: @jackshafer and Talking Biz News
Alexander C. Kaufman / The Wrap:
U-T San Diego Executive Backtracks on L.A. Times Purchase: 'We're Not Interested' (Exclusive)  —  Last week, U-T San Diego owner Doug Manchester said he would like to buy the Tribune Company's stable of newspapers, with his primary interest being the Los Angeles Times.
Laura Smith-Spark / CNN:
New UK phone-hacking claims target Mirror newspapers, lawyer says  —  London (CNN) — The ripples of the UK phone hacking scandal have spread further afield, with ex-England soccer manager Sven-Goran Eriksson and others filing claims against the Mirror newspaper group, their lawyer said.
Trinity Mirror says has not received phone hacking legal claims
Discussion: Sky News
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Craig Newmark Means Well, But Gosh Is He Wrong About How To Fix Press Ethics  —  I never worked at a newspaper*, so I don't bear Craig Newmark the kind of ill will some journalists do.  If Craigslist hadn't come along to undermine classified advertising, and thus the bedrock …
Discussion: GigaOM, Poynter and @jeffbercovici
Laura Hazard Owen / GigaOM:
Apple releases iBooks 3, reportedly expands to more countries  —  At Tuesday's iPad mini event in San Francisco, Apple announced an update to iBooks, its ebook reading platform.  The company is also reportedly expanding the iBookstore to 18 more countries in Latin America, including Brazil …
Press Gazette:
Former MoD employee and serving member of armed forces arrested in Elveden probe  —  Officers from Operation Elveden arrested two people in the Rotherham area of South Yorkshire this morning - bringing the total number of arrests in the investigation to 52.  Officers from Elveden …
Jim Romenesko:
Next up for New York Times union members: informational hand-billing  —  Monday's “labor action” at the New York Times involved union members posing for a photo that they'll give to incoming CEO Mark Thompson.  On Wednesday, Times staffers will move outside for “informational hand-billing” …
Discussion: FishbowlNY and Media Decoder
Jim Romenesko:
Will Lance Armstrong's downfall hurt Sally Jenkins?  —  Sally Jenkins wrote two books with Lance Armstrong “near the height of his alleged illicit activities,” notes Glenn Nelson.  The Washington Post sports columnist “closely hitched her star to Armstrong's,” he writes, and now …
Discussion: The Daily Weekly
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