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3:06 PM ET, November 16, 2012


 Top News: 
Matthew Purdy / New York Times:
Letter Raises Questions About When BBC Ex-Chief Learned of Abuse Cases  —  A legal letter sent on behalf of Mark Thompson, the former director general of the BBC, raises questions about his assertions that he learned of accusations of sexual abuse against its longtime host Jimmy Savile only after leaving the corporation's top job.
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Mark Thompson says he didn't see letter about BBC allegations sent on his behalf  —  Mark Thompson says he was not aware of the details in a letter he authorized threatening London paper The Sunday Times with “defamation proceedings” over an article it was preparing about BBC program “Newsnight” …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Roger Ailes on Election Night: ‘Rove was wrong.  He backed down.  Our guys were right.’  —  On election night, Fox News co-founder and chairman Roger Ailes watched election coverage in the News Corp. Sports Suite, down the hall from his second floor office.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Did Roger Ailes Consider Joining CNN?  —  Over the summer Roger Ailes was sitting on his terrace at his home along the Hudson River, reading a book on the Civil War, when he decided his fight wasn't finished.  Last month Ailes, 72, who created Fox News 16 years ago, signed on for another four years as CEO.
Christine Haughney / Media Decoder:
Former Creative Director at Wired Is Named Editor  —  Wired announced Friday afternoon that Scott Dadich, the magazine's former creative director, would become its next editor in chief.  —  Mr. Dadich replaces Chris Anderson, the magazine's editor since 2001, who stepped down this month …
Robert Andrews / paidContent:
HuffPo is not for sale, except maybe at the right price  —  Within months of AOL acquiring Arianna Huffington's blog and news network in 2011, reports surfaced claiming it could quickly off-load the property.  —  Speaking to me at Monaco Media Forum, AOL Huffington Post Media Group international SVP Jimmy Maymann said:
Discussion: New York Magazine
Mike Isaac / AllThingsD:
Altered Tweets: What Happened to the Ahmed Jabari Assassination Video?  —  Since early Wednesday morning, all eyes have been on the developing digital landscape of the Middle East.  Israel Defense Forces have launched a full-scale social media assault on Hamas in conjunction with a tactical military campaign.
Neal Ungerleider / Fast Company:
Israeli Military To Citizens: Don't Facebook, Tweet, Instagram Rocket-Hit Locations
Jessica Roy / Betabeat:
Social Media Companies Have Absolutely No Idea How to Handle the Gaza Conflict
Keach Hagey / Digits:
Esquire To Make Print Magazine Interactive Through Netpage App  —  Magazines' future might be digital, but — Newsweek-style forced marches aside — that future is also years away.  In the interim, magazines must figure out how to exist as print objects in an increasingly digital world.
John Paczkowski / AllThingsD:
Apple Television Launch Probably Not Imminent  —  Now that the iPad mini has successfully transitioned from rumor to reality, Apple-watchers are turning their attention back to another of the company's mythical products — the Apple Television.  According to a new report out of Jefferies …
Clay Shirky:
Napster, Udacity, and the Academy  —  Fifteen years ago, a research group called The Fraunhofer Institute announced a new digital format for compressing movie files.  This wasn't a terribly momentous invention, but it did have one interesting side effect: Fraunhofer also had to figure out how to compress the soundtrack.
Drew Olanoff / TechCrunch:
Ev Williams Takes To Medium To Discuss The True Purpose Of His New Publishing Tool  —  You might have heard a few things about Ev Williams and crew's new product, Medium.  To some, it seems like “just another blogging platform,” but if you think about where Ev and Biz Stone come from …
Discussion: Medium and WebProNews
Wall Street Journal:
Google, Dish Held Talks to Launch Wireless Service  —  Google Inc. has held talks with satellite-TV provider Dish Network Corp. in recent weeks to partner on a new wireless service that would rival the networks of wireless carriers such as AT&T Inc. and Verizon Wireless, according to people familiar with the discussions.
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Sources: New owners plan Peter Liguori as Tribune Co. CEO … The new owners set to take control of Tribune Co. when it emerges from bankruptcy protection plan to name television executive Peter Liguori as the company's chief executive, according to sources familiar with the situation.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
Virginia Moseley Leaves ABC After 18 Years, Joins CNN as VP/Deputy Bureau Chief in Washington  —  Veteran ABC News producer Virginia Moseley is jumping to CNN, TVNewser has learned.  Moseley will be VP and Deputy Bureau Chief of the DC bureau, reporting to Sam Feist.
Discussion: Cable Television News and Politico
Robert McMillan / Wired:
Bitch Magazine runs afoul of Google censorship  —  When the people at Bitch Magazine decided to take off into Google's cloud, they were quickly brought down to Earth.  —  The culprit: an opaque Google censorship system that simply won't let you register certain domains for its email, web hosting, and groupware service.
Discussion: @bitchmedia
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Windows 8 Lands on 14 Conde Nast Covers  —  Cover Attachments Called ‘Nonpaid Elements’ of ‘Multifaceted Paid Program’ for Microsoft  —  Microsoft's massive ad campaign promoting Windows 8 has arrived in magazines from publishers including Hearst, Time Inc. and Conde Nast.
American City Business Journals acquires Streetwise Media  —  American City Business Journals (ACBJ), the nation's largest print and online publisher of local business news, said Friday it has acquired Streetwise Media, a fast-growing digital media company catering to young business people in Boston and Washington, D.C.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Viacom CEO Signals No Interest in Acquisition of Major Studio  —  Asked if the company could bid if a studio like Sony Pictures became available, Philippe Dauman said “I continue to not see any large-scale acquisition.”  —  Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman said Thursday that he continues to expect …
Discussion: The Wrap
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
Viacom Profit Increases, but Movie Division Hurts Revenues
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Will Sommer / City Desk:
New Post Editor Addresses the Newsroom for First Time, Talks Budget
Alex Weprin / TVNewser:
Keith Olbermann To Guest-Host On MLB Network
Discussion: The Atlantic Wire
Wall Street Journal:
All Eyes on NBCU News Chairman
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Kathy Bergen / Chicago Tribune:
Editor: Inspector general investigating recording of Tribune journalists
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Kobo's Arc Android tablet goes on sale in the UK and Canada, launching in France on November 19
Jack Shafer:
The sex scandal as civic lesson
Discussion: Poynter, CNN, Daily Dot and Guardian
John Jannarone / Wall Street Journal:
Drop in Ratings for DVR Viewing Mirrors Live TV
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Discussion: eMedia Vitals
Glynnis Macnicol / Capital New York:
Nate Silver receives the adulation of New York's media demimonde in Nick Denton's Soho loft
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Mark Shapiro is candidate for top job at CNN
Discussion: and TVNewser
Ben Fritz / Los Angeles Times:
Variety lays off staff, plans to reduce frequency of publication
Jim Romenesko:
How Elizabeth Spiers got Mediabistro noticed - then failed to profit from its sale
Discussion: The Awl, Gawker and New York Times
Ben Sisario / Media Decoder:
A Counterculture Totem to Return as a Leaner Magazine
Discussion: Arthur Magazine and The Awl