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3:45 PM ET, December 6, 2012


 Top News: 
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Newsweek Layoffs Expected Today, Tina Brown Confirms [UPDATED]  —  Newsweek's print edition is ending in a matter of weeks, and the anticipated staff changes have already begun.  Layoffs are expected to be announced this afternoon, a tipster tells us.  Meanwhile, we hear that a few editors are proactively jumping ship.
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
As Newsbeast layoffs begin, some are quitting on their own  —  Earlier this morning, Tina Brown announced the names of three editors who will top the masthead of the Newsweek-Daily Beast company after it replaces Newsweek's print edition with the digital-only title Newsweek Global in another few weeks.
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Layoff season is under way as Newsweek begins notifying staff today  —  Newsweek is about to begin laying off staff, a move expected since the publisher scheduled its print magazine to shutter at the end of the year.  —  A memo from Editor-in-Chief Tina Brown and CEO Baba Shetty informs staff …
Mackenzie Weinger / Politico:
Tina Brown promotes three at Newsweek Daily Beast Company  —  Tina Brown on Thursday announced three promotions at the Newsweek Daily Beast Company, Capital New York reported.  —  Newsweek executive editor Justine Rosenthal will become editorial director of The Newsweek Daily Beast Company …
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Jimmy Savile scandal: Pollard inquiry to report in week of 17 December  —  Former Sky boss Nick Pollard has investigated the BBC's handling of its aborted Newsnight documentary  —  The Pollard inquiry into BBC executives' handling of the axed BBC Newsnight investigation into Jimmy Savile is to be published in the week of 17 December.
Michael Holden / Reuters:
Top UK publicist arrested in BBC sex abuse inquiry
Charlie Warzel / Adweek:
Huffington Post Media Group Names Jimmy Maymann CEO  —  AOL continued its moving and shaking today with the news that former AOL svp of International Jimmy Maymann will move into a new role as CEO of the Huffington Post Media Group.  —  As CEO, Maymann will focus on the development and growth …
Jeff Sonderman / Poynter:
Victim's family 'couldn't sleep' after seeing ‘traumatic’ NY Post subway photo  —  The family of Ki-Suck Han, the man immortalized in a front-page New York Post photo of his impending death on a subway track, spoke publicly on Wednesday about the impact of the image.  —  The New York Times reports:
Neil Hughes / AppleInsider:
Tim Cook hints that Apple plans to redefine the television set  —  Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook has poured gasoline on the growing fire of speculation that his company plans to build a full-fledged television set in the near future, with comments disparaging current television sets as outdated pieces of technology.
Dan Stockman / Poynter:
Suicide by source: What do you do when a story is followed by the worst possible outcome?  —  The Google Alert plopped into my email inbox at 5:44 p.m., and it was a doozy for so late in the day - a local funeral home appeared to be preparing services for Stephen E. Clapp.
John Nichols / The Nation:
FCC Must Not Give Rupert Murdoch More Control Over US Media  —  We now know that top players with Rupert Murdoch's Fox News channel plotted with General David Petraeus about the prospect of using the cable network as a platform for launching a “Petraeus for President” campaign.
Brian Lowry / Chicago Tribune:   Media-ownership rules need new look
John Koblin / Deadspin:
Why Is An ESPN Vice President Spreading Rumors That I'm Straight?  —  “I don't know your personal life,” ESPN vice president and executive editor John Walsh told me, on the phone.  “I wouldn't comment on anyone's personal life.”  —  Earlier today, on Twitter, two different journalism students …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
John Walsh asserts a love triangle in Deadspin coverage of ESPN
Discussion: Daily Download
Andrew Kirell / Mediaite:
MSNBC's Rachel Maddow Nominated For Grammy Award  —  The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences revealed on Wednesday evening that MSNBC host Rachel Maddow has been nominated for a Grammy Award.  —  For her audiobook recording of Drift: The Unmooring Of American Military Power …
John Robinson / Media, disrupted:
Erecting a paywall?  Make sure everything behind it is better than before  —  The newspaper paywall debate continues, apparently unabated.  (I'm in Steve Buttry's, Mathew Ingram's and Howard Owens' camp, by the way.)  Now, as more papers are considering erecting paywalls — including in N.C. …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest, GigaOM and CJR
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