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9:25 PM ET, March 27, 2013

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HEARST Corporation:
Steven R. Swartz to Succeed Frank A. Bennack, Jr. as Hearst Corporation's CEO in June 2013  —  Bennack Continues as Executive Vice Chairman of the Board, Among Other Leadership Roles  —  Hearst Corporation today announced that Steven R. Swartz, president and chief operating officer of Hearst Corporation …
Discussion: Adweek
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New York Times:
Chief Who Led Expansion at Hearst Will Step Down  —  After nearly 30 years of running the Hearst Corporation, the privately held media company, Frank A. Bennack Jr. has announced that he is stepping down.  —  Mr. Bennack, the 80-year-old chief executive of Hearst, used profits from titles …
Brian Stelter / New York Times:
Entreaty to Cooper Suggests Shakeup at ‘Today’  —  Earlier this month an NBC executive contacted Anderson Cooper with a question that would flatter and intrigue just about anyone.  Would Mr. Cooper, the biggest star of CNN, consider replacing Matt Lauer on the “Today” show in the months to come?
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Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
NBC: Anderson Cooper Not Approached for Matt Lauer Job
Andrea Morabito / Broadcasting & Cable:
Upfronts 2013: Participant TV's Cable Network Named ‘Pivot’  —  Channel targeting viewers 15-34 will offer broadband-only subscription  —  New York — Participant TV on Wednesday announced the name of its upcoming cable network targeting millennials: Pivot.
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AJ Marechal / Variety:   Wake Up, Kids: Disruptive TV Is Here Via Participant Media's Pivot Cabler
Reuters:
Portugal media demands Google pays for news  —  (Reuters) - Portuguese media companies, struggling through the worst recession since the 1970s, are pressing Google to pay for content on its news search engine, echoing similar demands elsewhere in Europe.  —  Alberico Fernandes …
Amy Chozick / Media Decoder:
A Driving Force Behind Wikipedia Will Step Down  —  Sue Gardner, who oversaw a period of rapid growth and evolution at Wikipedia, said Wednesday that she would step down as executive director of the nonprofit organization that runs the free encyclopedia.  —  In an interview with The Times on Wednesday …
Discussion: @xor and Wikimedia blog
Felix Salmon:
Paywalls rise  —  It's paywall season right now: the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Telegraph, the Sun — all have recently announced plans to erect paywalls in an attempt to extract subscription revenues from their most loyal online readers.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Flipboard Wants To Redesign The Entire Internet  —  The battle to become the next front page of the internet.  —  Last night, Flipboard launched a new version of its reader app that lets anyone with a smartphone or tablet to create custom “magazines” from virtually any piece of internet content — a tweet, a news story, a photo.
Discussion: The Huffington Post and Poynter
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Jennifer Saba / Reuters:
Flipboard launches new edition, lets readers create magazines
Mike Shields / Adweek:
Bloomberg Wants to Win at Video  —  It's time for Bloomberg TV's noon news meeting on this Thursday, a meeting that is sandwiched around two momentous events: the day after the new Pope was announced and the day Samsung will release its new Galaxy S4 phone.  —  The packed conference room …
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
As Newspapers Experiment With Sponsored Content, Google Says Keep It Out Of Google News  —  Newspapers and news publications having “sponsored” content deals are on the rise, and Google's apparently concerned enough that it's issued a warning today that publishers should keep such content out of Google News.
Discussion: Google News Blog
Jeff Bercovici / Forbes:
Twitter's Revenue Forecast Jumps Again, This Time to Almost $1 Billion  —  Twitter's advertising business is growing so fast, it's hard to get a handle on.  —  For the second time in six months, eMarketer has revised its revenue estimates for the social messenging service sharply upward …
Steve Rubel / AdAge:
Leaner, Meaner Media Finally Ready to Invade Agency Turf  —  In a Bid for Survival, Press Cozies Up to the Client Side  —  Everyone loves a Cinderella story.  Whether it's David slaying Goliath or a college basketball team's unlikely journey from dark horse to Final Four contender, it's hard not to root for an underdog.
Jenna Wortham / NYT Bits:
Instagram and the New Era of Paparazzi  —  Earlier this week, a rare and new photo of the pop star Beyoncé and her daughter, Blue Ivy, quickly spread around the Internet, on various celebrity and gossip sites.  —  There was nothing particularly unusual about the photo itself …
Discussion: GigaOM and Daily Dot
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Digital Ad Network Files For Bankruptcy  —  NEW YORK — CommonSense Media, a digital advertising network co-founded by film producer and Firedoglake publisher Jane Hamsher, has filed for bankruptcy to liquidate its assets.  —  Founded in 2007 by Hamsher, AJ Schuler and Deveria Flowers …
Los Angeles Times:
Web-based productions are taking off in L.A.  —  Filming for Web productions in L.A. rose 46% over 2011.  Such content has evolved from short episodes to full-length TV productions, some with budgets comparable to conventional TV shows'.  —  Ed Begley stars in Amazon Studios upcoming series, “Betas.”
Discussion: Variety
Paul Sloan / CNET:
The one bright spot for the music labels: Digital  —  The financial picture of the music industry is still bleak, but YouTube, Spotify, and other services are helping.  —  The music industry is still in rough shape, based on data released today by the Recording Industry Association of America.
Discussion: Billboard, Tone Deaf and The Verge
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Andrew M. Barker / Variety:   RIAA Reports Year of Relative Stability in Record Biz
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
Amazon expands its X-Ray movie information service to cover TV shows on Instant Video  —  Amazon has expanded its X-Ray for Movies feature, which enables Kindle users to tap on an actor and see the other films they've starred in, by adding support for TV shows today.
Discussion: Amazon.com, CNET, VentureBeat and TechCrunch
Jason Deans / Guardian:
BBC schedules face disruption from strike action on Thursday  —  Union members will stage half-day walkout likely to affect live programming, including BBC News and radio news bulletins  —  BBC programmes face further disruption on Thursday when broadcasting union members stage a half …
 
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Dave McNary / Variety:
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Jasper Jackson / TheMediaBriefing:
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Discussion: MediaPost
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Sun paywall unavoidable, says News International chief executive
Discussion: TheMediaBriefing and BBC
Nick Summers / The Next Web:
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Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
Study: China Surpasses Japan to Become Second-Largest Pay TV Market Behind U.S.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Scratch Freston from Time Inc. CEO derby
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