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8:50 AM ET, January 9, 2014


 Top News: 
Jason Abbruzzese / Mashable:
NYT redesign: an end to page breaks in articles and a focus on tablets and subscribers  —  ‘New York Times’ Website Redesign Goes Back to the Future  —  The New York Times has rolled out its largest website redesign in seven years, but readers familiar with the newspaper might feel like it's a step back in time
Margaret Sullivan / The Public Editor's Journal:
Times Designers Are Monitoring Reaction to the Redesign, With Adjustments Possible
Discussion: The Huffington Post
Brian Stelter / CNN Money:
New York Times redesign points to future of online publishing
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Excerpt from the new biography of Fox News exec Roger Ailes, “The Loudest Voice in the Room”  —  Citizen Ailes  —  When the head of Fox News moved to Garrison, New York, he bought a little newspaper and tried to instill his own brand of American values.  Guess what happened next?
Beth Healy / Boston Globe:
Globe publisher Christopher Mayer to step down  —  Boston Globe publisher Christopher Mayer said Wednesday that he plans to step down after nearly 30 years at the newspaper and four years at its helm, as part of a business transition under new owner John Henry.
Beth Healy / The Boston Globe:
John Henry vows to make Globe ‘aggressively relevant’
Discussion: @mviser and @romenesko
David S. Cohen / Variety:
FCC Chairman Voices Clear but Cautious Support for Net Neutrality  —  CES 2014: Tom Wheeler says commission will act if markets get out of balance  —  Speaking at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler offered cautious but clear support for net neutrality.
Bridie Jabour / Guardian:
Nauru to increase visa cost for journalists from $200 to $8,000  —  The new fee, which is not refundable if an application is rejected, will come into force in the next few days  —  Journalists will be charged $8,000 to apply for a visa, even if it is rejected, to visit the island of Nauru …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Ipso, the new press regulator, is just the PCC with extra bells and whistles  —  Ipso is a creature of the publishers in which they will continue to hold the strings - including the purse-strings  —  At last, the new press regulator is emerging from the shadows.
Discussion: @michaelwhite
Michael Rondon / Folio:
With Stock Price Plummeting, Dolan Appoints Chief Restructuring Officer  —  B-to-b publisher, professional services provider falls below NYSE threshold.  —  Facing action by the New York Stock Exchange, The Dolan Company has appointed a chief restructuring officer to oversee the company's operations and finances.
Discussion: bizjournals
Daniel D'Addario / Salon:
Post-Stelter, has the New York Times changed its tack on Lauer's “Today”?  —  “Presumed,” says very strange N.Y. Times piece  —  The New York Times, on Monday, published the most stunning piece of meta-journalism since Janet Malcolm met Joe McGinniss.  And it's all about the newspaper's former punching bag Matt Lauer.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Washington Post Seeking Ezra Klein's Replacement  —  The Washington Post has approached The Atlantic's Derek Thompson to be the next editor of Wonkblog, according to a source familiar with the matter.  —  Thompson has not yet accepted the job, but The Post's recruitment of a replacement suggests …
Discussion: Capital New York
Jeremy Greenfield / Forbes:
Why Michael Huseby For Barnes & Noble CEO Job?  —  Barnes & Noble has a new CEO: Michael Huseby, who was most recently running the company's Nook digital media division in the wake of the departure of CEO William Lynch in July 2013 but joined the company in 2012 as chief financial officer.
Discussion: Digital Book World, GalleyCat and CNET
Joe Strupp / Media Matters:
Exclusive: Washington Post Reader Representative Departs, Replacement Unclear  —  Less than a year after taking the newly created post of reader representative at The Washington Post, Doug Feaver has left the paper, Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt confirmed Wednesday.
Reid Cherlin / Politico:
The HuffPo-ization of the Right  —  Come for the Obama bashing, stay for the busty slideshows and viral videos.  —  “We have no right to be boring or irrelevant,” Tucker Carlson says.  “The Washington Post already has that covered.”  Beneath the bluster, Carlson, the conservative pundit …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Leadership Change May Signal New Start for Billboard Magazine  —  Billboard magazine first appeared in 1894 to cover the outdoor advertising market, reporting on “all that is new, bright and interesting on the boards,” as it proclaimed in its first issue.  But for almost a century …
Ben Fritz / Wall Street Journal:
Sales of Online Movies Jumps; DVDs Continue to Decline  —  Delaying Availability of DVDs, Rentals Nudged Consumers … After years of trying to convince consumers to buy movies online, Hollywood found a solution in 2013: Make it the only option.  —  Digital movie purchases surged 47% …
Discussion: CNET, ParisLemon, BGR and @benfritz
Nic Hodges / Press Gazette:
Australia: Media buyer warns that if ‘clickbait’ replaces great stories - advertisers will move elsewhere  —  Head of innovation and technology at MediaCom Australia Nic Hodges looks at the rise of paywalls Down Under and explains why ‘clickbait’ tactics from publishers could be a turn-off for advertisers.
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