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11:05 AM ET, September 12, 2013


 Top News: 
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
IAC Said to Be Considering Daily Beast Sale After Brown's Exit  —  IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI) Chairman Barry Diller is considering selling the Daily Beast following the departure of Tina Brown, who helped start the news website in 2008, a person with knowledge of the matter said.
Discussion: @erikwemple
Michael Wolff / Guardian:
No longer the talk of the town, Tina Brown bids farewell to Diller's Beast  —  Not even an operator of her legendary chutzpah could beat digital's destruction of her lifeblood: smart celebrity magazines  —  This may be the last time I ever write about Tina Brown.  —  Brown once dominated the New York media world.
Discussion: @carr2n and @moorehn
Peter Lauria / BuzzFeed:
Exclusive: IAC And Daily Beast Editor Tina Brown To Part Ways  —  A source with direct knowledge of the situation says IAC does not plan to renew Tina Brown's contract when it expires in January.  A decision has not yet been made on the future of The Daily Beast.  —  Jason Kempin / FilmMagic
David Freedlander / The Daily Beast:
Tina Brown's Next Big Move  —  After five years at The Daily Beast, the irrepressible editor is leaving to build her own company.  David Freedlander reports.  —  The Daily Beast's editor-in-chief Tina Brown announced to the newsroom on Wednesday afternoon that she will be leaving the five-year-old online outfit.
Rem Rieder / USA Today:   Rieder: The lost magic of Tina Brown
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Shield law broadens definition of ‘journalist’  —  A new media shield law expected to pass committee on Thursday broadens the definition of “journalist” to include, among other things, any individual deemed appropriate by a federal judge.  —  The new amendment is a step forward for independent …
Jeff John Roberts / paidContent:
BuzzFeed puts in new polices for “community” posts: an uneasy attempt at control  —  Political and activist groups are using BuzzFeed's self-publishing tools to promote controversial messages.  On Wednesday, the site put out new policies and guidelines to govern “community” submissions.
Nick Turner / Bloomberg:
Newsweek's New Owners Name Reuters's Impoco as Editor-in-Chief  —  IBT Media, the online-news company that acquired Newsweek from IAC/InterActiveCorp (IACI) last month, named Thomson Reuters Corp.'s Jim Impoco as the magazine's editor-in-chief.  —  Impoco joins Newsweek after spending four years …
Mirror investigated over criminal liability for alleged phone hacking  —  Publisher of Daily and Sunday Mirror says Met is investigating if it is ‘criminally liable’ for alleged hacking by previous employees  —  The publisher of the Sunday Mirror has said it is under investigation …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:   Trinity Mirror hacking claims - company made wrong decision two years ago
Geoffrey King / Mediashift:
Why the NSA Hack Compromises Al Jazeera Sources, U.S. Credibility  —  The German magazine Der Spiegel reported last week that the U.S. National Security Agency hacked into the internal communication system of Al Jazeera.  If the report is accurate, the targeted hacking of a news organization represents …
Discussion: @jcstearns, New York Times and NYT Bits
Andrea Morabito / Broadcasting & Cable:
Carson Daly Joins ‘Today’ Show as Host of Digital Studio  —  Transition plans for ‘Last Call’ to be announced  —  Carson Daly is adding to his list of jobs at NBC, with the network announcing on Thursday that he would join NBC News' Today show as host of the Orange Room …
Dawn C. Chmielewski / Los Angeles Times:
Netflix, Amazon drive up price for Hollywood content, conferees told  —  The effects of Netflix and Amazon are felt throughout the market, Shawn Strickland, chief executive of Redbox Instant by Verizon, said at the Broadcasting & Cable's NextTV Summit.  (Netflix)
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Rupert Murdoch's second grilling by parliamentary committee postponed  —  News Corp lawyers and attorney general advise that questions might prejudice criminal cases  —  Plans to bring Rupert Murdoch before the culture, media and sport committee for a second grilling about the activities …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
ABC executive: second screen apps can be a distraction  —  Second-screen apps used to be all the rage with TV executives just a few years ago, but Disney's Digital EVP Albert Cheng's network is moving away from the idea to complement shows with second screen experiences.
Discussion: @lucas_shaw and @awallenstein
George Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
U.K.'s Channel 5 Committed to U.S. Dramas, Owner Says  —  Media mogul Richard Desmond also lauds Rupert Murdoch and says Britain's public service broadcasters should be allowed to charge pay TV operators carriage fees.  —  CAMBRIDGE, England - Richard Desmond, the owner of Britain's Channel 5 …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Maker Studios Raises $26 Mil to Expand Global Video Reach  —  New investors in YouTube multichannel network company include Canal+, Astro and Singtel  —  It's been a busy month for Maker Studios: The digital media firm, a major YouTube multichannel network partner, said it has raised $26 million …
Janko Roettgers / GigaOM:
How DishWorld became Dish's online TV testbed  —  Thought Intel and Sony were the first ones to try their hands at an internet-based TV subscription service?  Think again: Dish has been offering subscription packages of live TV streams, without the need for any satellite dish, for years.
Janet I. Tu / Seattle Times blogs:
MSN cutting number of contractors, increasing full-time employees  —  Microsoft is cutting the number of contractors who work at MSN as part of the large company-wide reorganization announced in July.  —  The company did not say how many contractor positions are being cut but did say that different vendors …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and FishbowlNY
Jeff Clabaugh / Baltimore Business Journal:
USA Today doubles newsstand price to $2  —  USA Today will raise its newsstand price from $1 to $2 per copy effective Sept. 30.  It is the first time USA Today has raised its newsstand price since 2008, when it went from 75 cents to $1.  “As our costs continued to rise …
Discussion: Gannett Blog
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
NAA will stop releasing quarterly figures on ad revenues, which have consistently declined  —  The Newspaper Association of America has reported a decline in industry ad revenues every three months since a modest gain in the second quarter of 2006.  That adds up to six-and-a-half years …
Marie Mawad / Bloomberg:
Vivendi Edges Closer to Split With Bollore as Deputy Chairman  —  Vivendi SA (VIV) moved closer to a long-discussed plan to split its telecommunications business from media assets, marking another sweeping reorganization of the former French utility.  —  Bowing to investor pressure to overhaul …
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