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12:40 PM ET, October 25, 2012


 Top News: 
The Editors / Media Decoder:
Sulzberger Expresses Support for Mark Thompson, Incoming Chief Executive  —  Mark Thompson, the incoming chief executive of The New York Times Company, who has been under scrutiny this week in connection with a burgeoning scandal at the BBC, received enthusiastic support Thursday from Arthur Sulzberger Jr. …
Jim Romenesko:
Sulzberger to staff: We'll cover BBC scandal story ‘with objectivity and rigor’  —  New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. tells his staff: “We will cover the Savile story with objectivity and rigor.  [Incoming Times Co. CEO] Mark [Thompson] endorses that completely …
Joe Murphy / London Evening Standard:
Jimmy Savile: BBC tempers flare as scandal deepens  —  The BBC's problems over the Jimmy Savile scandal deepened with a furious confrontation between a senior executive and a producer in the corporation's office.  David Jordan, the head of editorial policy, is alleged to have stormed …
Washington Post:   BBC sex-abuse scandal echoes across the Atlantic
James Chapman / Daily Mail:
BBC tried to ‘gag’ minister over Savile scandal hours before he appeared on Question Time
Discussion: Guardian and fleet street fox
Kate Holton / Reuters:
Thompson says he has NYT's support after BBC scandal
Discussion: and FishbowlNY
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Digital subscriptions up 11 percent at New York Times company, but revenue slips  —  Digital subscriptions to The New York Times rose 11 percent over the second quarter, to 592,000, the company announced in its third-quarter earnings report Thursday.  That breaks down to 566,000 subscribers …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Readers Pay More for New York Times, Advertisers Pay Less  —  Give the New York Times credit for consistency: All year long, it has been recording a declining ad business and a growing consumer business, and that's what it reported again today.  —  The Times says ad sales dropped 8.9 percent last quarter …
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Pearson confirms Penguin/Random House merger talks  —  On Thursday, the Financial Times reported that Random House and Penguin's parent companies, Pearson and Bertelsmann, are in talks about merging the two publishers.  (The FT is also owned by Pearson.)  Now Pearson has released a statement confirming the report:
Discussion: Financial Times and GalleyCat
Brian Solomon / Forbes:
The Inside Story Of Polygon, The Verge's New Gaming Sister-Site  —  Nearly one year ago, the world of online media scratched its collective head as the sports blogging network SB Nation launched a new, decidedly non-sports site called The Verge.  While it may have seemed like an odd leap at the time …
Charlie Warzel / Adweek:
Vox Media Goes After Crowded Gamer Market
Discussion: PandoDaily
Jim Kelly / Vanity Fair:
The “Shock” of the News Magazine Death: Tina Brown, Robert Hughes, and the Dwindling Cult of Authority  —  On the day that Barry Diller and Tina Brown announced the death of Newsweek the print magazine, a memorial service for Bob Hughes took place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Ryan Chittum / CJR:
Newsweek and the (relative) health of print mags
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
Adam Clark Estes / The Atlantic Wire:
CNN Retracts Story About Hormonal Women Voters  —  In a matter of hours, CNN published and removed a story about how hormones influence women voters, one that made claims about how women tend to lean liberal when ovulating because they “feel sexier.”  The story was based on an unpublished …
Jack Dorsey Still Has Pull at Twitter.  Just Ask the Vine Guys.  —  Earlier this month Twitter bought Vine, a three-man video-sharing startup that has yet to launch.  Twitter may build its own video hosting system, so it's possible Vine may play a role in that effort one day.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Circulation and advertising revenues down at McClatchy  —  Advertising and circulation revenue were down at the McClatchy Co. in the third quarter of this year.  Five of the company's newspapers — including The Sacramento Bee and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram — introduced a digital-subscription paywall called Plus in September.
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Keith Olbermann Casts A Wide Net In Job Search  —  Think Keith Olbermann has burned his last bridge in the television business?  He doesn't think so.  —  Seven months after he got dismissed by Current TV, the temperamental host is aggressively job-shopping, and he's not being too picky about it.
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Newspaper Guild Sends Another Letter to Arthur Sulzberger  —  The latest move by the Newspaper Guild of New York to get the New York Times to budge on a new contract involved a new letter to Arthur Sulzberger.  Signed by 248 Times staffers, the note urges him to meet the union's demands …
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