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11:45 AM ET, January 4, 2013


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Gore Went to Bat for Al Jazeera, and Himself  —  Al Gore at the Current TV studios in San Francisco in 2005.  He said Al Jazeera's coverage was “thorough, fair and informative.”  —  Al Gore's Current TV was never popular with viewers, but it was a hit where it counted: with cable and satellite providers.
Wall Street Journal:
Al Jazeera Embraces Cable TV, Loses Web  —  Al Jazeera used the Web to build a following in America, which it hopes to exploit on cable television through Wednesday's purchase of Current TV.  But to keep cable operators happy, Al Jazeera may have to make a difficult bargain: Giving up on the Web.
Al Jazeera's new channel struggles for U.S. distribution  —  (Reuters) - Al Jazeera's announced plans to establish a new U.S. cable news channel via the purchase of Current TV isn't even 48 hours old and already it finds itself in a vicious battle to retain distribution rights.
Discussion: PandoDaily
New York Times:
Al Jazeera in America  —  Al Jazeera, the pan-Arab news network, has long wanted to gain a bigger American television audience, and it may have finally found a way to do that by buying Current TV.  But as the deal was being signed, Time Warner Cable announced it would immediately stop carrying Current …
David Zurawik / Baltimore Sun:
Why Al Jazeera buying Current is a good thing for media, country  —  Forget the vapid personality chatter about Al Gore and Glenn Beck  —  I don't care if Al Gore got more money than he ever deserved for his pathetic channel, or Glenn Beck got the short end of the stick in trying to buy …
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:
Time Warner Cable Says It Will Keep ‘Open Mind’ on Reinstating Al Jazeera  —  Time Warner Cable minced no words when it announced on Wednesday night that it was dropping Current TV, just hours after Al Jazeera acquired the channel.  “Our agreement with Current has been terminated …
Jeanine Poggi / AdAge:
New Cable Channels Keep Coming Despite Content-Cost Crackdown
Discussion: Globe and Mail
Brian Stelter / Media Decoder:   Questions Linger for Hosts After Sale of Current TV
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:
Al Jazeera will face hurdles to succeeding with Current TV
Discussion: @rafat and ABCNEWS
Mathew Ingram / paidContent:
Why Tumblr and BuzzFeed are on a collision course in 2013  —  The decline and fall of traditional media empires is one side of the ongoing turmoil within the industry, but the other side is the rise of disruptive new players, and two of the most prominent names in that category are BuzzFeed and Tumblr.
Tom Gara / Corporate Intelligence:
Inside BuzzFeed's Old Media Business Model  —  After BuzzFeed's announcement of a new $19 million round of venture funding yesterday, we had a chat with Jonah Peretti, the company's co-founder.  He was pretty tight-lipped about the numbers - what the company is worth, or how much revenue it's pulling in …
Discussion: Guardian and Digiday
Patrick Smith / TheMediaBriefing:
Cats, politics, $46 million in funding and a UK launch: It's time to start taking Buzzfeed seriously
Alyson Shontell / Business Insider:
BuzzFeed Is Now Valued At ~$200 Million, But Investors Think It Has Billion-Dollar Potential
David Carr / Media Decoder:
Andrew Sullivan on Going Back to Future as an Indie Blogger  —  On Wednesday, Andrew Sullivan, one of the pioneers of the blogging Web, decided to end his relationship with The Daily Beast, and by the way, with advertising as well.  His decision made quite a splash, in part because others wonder whether …
Ann Friedman:
Journalism Is Personal  —  You probably read this post at Gawker, in which Hamilton Nolan aims to put the fear of Cronkite into the aspiring Thought Catalog contributors of America.  You probably also read that Andrew Sullivan is striking out on his own, hoping his readers will pony …
Discussion: The Buttry Diary
Associated Press:
China says New York Times reporter was not expelled, says his visa application was incomplete  —  BEIJING — The Chinese government said Friday that it did not expel a New York Times reporter who had to leave mainland China this week after he failed to obtain new press credentials.
Discussion: and New York Times
Associated Press:   Journalists confront China censors over editorial
Evan Osnos / The New Yorker Blog:
China, the American Press, and the State Department
Adrienne LaFrance / Washington Post:
Library of Congress has archive of tweets, but no plan for its public display  —  In the few minutes it will take you to read this story, some 3 million new tweets will have flitted across the publishing platform Twitter and ricocheted across the Internet.  The Library of Congress is busy archiving …
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