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9:15 AM ET, February 27, 2013


 Top News: 
Matthew Creamer / AdAge:
Built for Newsprint, The Onion Finds New Life In Social, Video  —  Why The Satirical News Brand Is Getting the Last Laugh  —  “Area Writers Choose Life of Poop-Smeared Bum Rather Than Move to Chicago”  —  So maybe it's not up to snuff as an Onion headline, but you can't blame a guy for trying …
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Wired
CJ Lotz / BuzzFeed:
Former Onion Staffers Denounce CEO's Apology For Quvenzhané Wallis Tweet  —  Editorial freedom and the “c” word.  —  Image by Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times/MCT  —  Former Onion staffers Monday reacted with dismay to the satirical newspaper's apology for calling a 9-year-old a …
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Co. listening to offers for its 8 newspapers  —  JPMorgan Chase and Evercore Partners hired to manage potential offers … Tribune Co. has hired two investment banks to manage offers to buy its newspapers, executives confirmed Tuesday, saying no decisions have been made about whether to sell any properties.
Brendan Sasso / Hillicon Valley:
FCC delays vote on media ownership rules  —  Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Julius Genachowski said on Tuesday that he will postpone a vote to revise media ownership regulations so that a nonprofit group can study the potential impact on women and racial minorities.
Laura Hazard Owen / paidContent:
Authors face change as Amazon tightens affiliate policy on free Kindle books  —  Amazon is changing a policy on affiliate links to free Kindle books, and the changes are likely to have a big effect on the way some self-published authors achieve success online.
Lenka Ponikelska / Bloomberg:
CME 4Q Net Loss Widens on Weak TV Ad Spending, Impairment  —  Central European Media Enterprises Ltd. (CETV), the eastern European broadcaster co-owned by Time Warner Inc. (TWX), said its fourth-quarter net loss widened as TV ad markets continued to weaken and the company's impairment charge increased almost eightfold.
Discussion: Reuters and Digital TV Europe
Jillian Stonecipher / Nieman Journalism Lab:
A proposed Florida law targets mugshot sites, but hits journalists' First Amendment rights  —  Editor's note: We've talked before about the rise of (and backlash against) mugshot sites — those skeezy sites that get mugshots through public records, post them online for Google to find …
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest
Dave Itzkoff / New York Times:
Pig Rescues Goat, and the Video Is Really Cute, but Totally Faked  —  It seemed too adorable to be fake, but it was too good to be true.  —  On Sept. 19 a 30-second video appeared on YouTube, depicting a baby goat that had become stuck in the pond of a petting zoo and that was heroically rescued …
Discussion: Media Decoder, ABCNEWS and The FJP
David Carr / New York Times:
Giving Viewers What They Want  —  In the television business, there is no such thing as a sure thing.  You can have a gold-plated director, a bankable star and a popular concept and still, it's just a roll of the dice.  —  Or is it?  —  In any business, the ability to see into the future …
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Maybe You'll Get the Pay TV You Want, After All: Cablevision Sues Viacom to Break Up the Bundle  —  Pay TV has a simple model: If you want to watch one channel, you have to pay for dozens — or hundreds — of others, whether you watch them or not.  That model drives lots of consumers nuts, but it has looked very, very hard to dislodge.
Joe Flint / Los Angeles Times:   Time Warner Cable and DirecTV support Cablevison in Viacom fight
Chandni Doulatramani / Reuters:
AMC Networks profit misses estimates on Dish blackout  —  (Reuters) - Cable network AMC Networks Inc (AMCX.O), which airs popular shows such as “The Walking Dead” and “Mad Men,” reported a quarterly profit way below analysts' estimates on a temporary blackout of its channels by Dish Network Corp (DISH.O) and higher programming costs.
Jeanine Poggi / AdAge:
Nickelodeon Targets ‘Post-Millennials’ in Upfront  —  Children's Net Moves Beyond TV, Rolls Out App Along With New Shows  —  Nickelodeon's motto for its upfront presentation appears to be “in with the new.”  —  As the children's cable network looks to revive sagging ratings …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Erik Wemple:
NASCAR explains wreck-video blockage  —  On Saturday afternoon, a crash at a Nationwide Series race at Daytona International Speedway injured at least 30 NASCAR fans.  As the media swarmed the scene and questioned authorities on the fallout, a secondary story line emerged …
Discussion: Trust But Verify and Kempton
Tim Carmody / The Verge:
Variety will kill its daily print edition and online paywall, keep weekly magazine  —  Three editors-in-chief will head coverage of movies, television, and digital content in new web-first approach  —  The iconic entertainment publication Variety will discontinue its daily printed edition on March 18th.
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:   Variety Makes a Necessary Change - Here Are the Risks
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Owen Thomas / Business Insider:
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Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
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