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4:55 PM ET, May 7, 2014


 Top News: 
Neil MacFarquhar / New York Times:
Russia Quietly Tightens Reins on Web With ‘Bloggers Law’  —  MOSCOW — Russia has taken another major step toward restricting its once freewheeling Internet, as President Vladimir V. Putin quietly signed a new law requiring popular online voices to register with the government, a measure that lawyers …
Olga Razumovskaya / Wall Street Journal:
Putin Signs Law to Restrict ‘Foul Language’ in Books, on Stage and in Film
Discussion: CNN, Slate, Telegraph, The Wrap and Mediaite
Leslie Kaufman / New York Times:
Jet Magazine to Shift to Digital Publishing Next Month  —  Jet, the pioneering African-American weekly magazine that rose to prominence covering the civil rights movement, is expected to announce Wednesday morning that it will no longer publish a regular print edition, the latest in a growing list …
J.K. Trotter / Gawker:
Fox News Just Unsettled Its $8 Million Hush-Money Settlement  —  Remember Brian Lewis, the former vice president of media relations for Fox News and even more former confidante of Fox News president Roger Ailes?  This past November, Fox paid approximately $8 million in hush money to settle …
Peter Suciu / Fortune:
Can Netflix kill cable TV if it's part of it?  —  The streaming TV company has always been portrayed as a television-killer.  In the wake of several deals to put its service on cable boxes, the reality is more complicated.  —  FORTUNE — Streaming television services such as Netflix (NFLX) …
Jeff Baumgartner / Multichannel News:
Suddenlink To Offer Netflix On TiVo Devices
Chris Cillizza / Washington Post:
Just 7 percent of journalists are Republicans.  That's far fewer than even a decade ago.  —  A majority of American journalists identify themselves as political independents although among those who choose a side Democrats outnumber Republicans four to one, according to a new study …
Press Gazette:
Hacking trial summing up: ‘Who polices the journalists?  No Mrs Brooks[’  —  Jurors in the phone-hacking trial were today told to consider who knew about the “rotten state of affairs” that went to the top of the News of the World.  —  Former editors Rebekah Brooks (pictured above: Reuters) …
Gideon Spanier / London Evening Standard:
ITV is sitting pretty, but problems lurk  —  As ITV's Adam Crozier prepares for his fifth annual meeting as chief executive next Wednesday, he can claim he deserves his £8.4 million pay and bonus.  —  ITV has been on a golden run since the ex-Royal Mail boss joined in 2010 with a five-year …
Kristen Schweizer / Bloomberg:
ITV, UK's biggest commercial broadcaster, acquires 80% of Leftfield Entertainment for $360M
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Why Alibaba's IPO Matters to Hollywood  —  As China's e-commerce giant seeks a $150 billion flotation it is building an array of video and internet options and moving upstream into content.  —  Asia Bureau Chief  —  HONG KONG — The proposed share sale in the US of Chinese e-commerce group Alibaba …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Londn Evening Standard:
BBC Trust scandals may scare off new chair candidates, MP warns  —  The Government may struggle to persuade a strong enough candidate to head the BBC Trust after the wave of scandals that have hit the corporation, a senior MP warned today.  —  “You only have to look at Chris Patten's experiences …
IOC awards Olympic Games broadcast rights to NBCUniversal through to 2032  —  Agreement ensures the long-term financial security of the Olympic Movement  —  The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday awarded NBCUniversal (NBCU) the broadcast rights in the USA for the Olympic Games through to 2032.
Nic Christensen / mUmBRELLA:
Fairfax announces 70-80 redundancies across production, lifestyle and photographic  —  Fairfax Media has announced a proposal that could see more than 70 positions go from its newspaper arm Australian Publishing Media (APM) across its editorial production, lifestyle and photographic sections.
Sharri Markson / The Australian:
Staff strike as Fairfax takes sword to snappers, subs
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Daily Mail pays ‘substantial damages’ and apologises to JK Rowling  —  The Daily Mail carries an apology today to the author JK Rowling in which it states that it has paid her substantial damages over an article that claimed she had told a misleading “sob story.”
Ben Fischer / New York Business Journal:
BuzzFeed chairman Ken Lerer pledges independence, says IPO is a possibility  —  BuzzFeed Chairman Ken Lerer said Tuesday the growing media powerhouse won't sell itself and strongly hinted at an initial public offering one day, while not exactly denying recent reports of failed acquisition talks with The Walt Disney Co.
Discussion: @mjenkins and TechCrunch
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Journalism Lab:
What does a design director at ProPublica do?  David Sleight on what happens when you engage design with reporting  —  Last month, ProPublica, the investigative nonprofit news organization, published a nearly 9,000-word examination of the re-emergence of segregation in public schools.
Discussion: @clockwerks, @litherland and @ezraklein
Wall Street Journal:
DirecTV Working With Goldman, Advisers on Possible AT&T Deal  —  Move Is Sign Satellite Broadcaster Serious About Combination  —  DirecTV is working with advisers including Goldman Sachs to evaluate a possible combination with AT&T Inc., people familiar with the matter said …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Paul Sawers / The Next Web:
Here are the BBC's plans for the first ‘24/7 World Cup’  —  The BBC has been upping the game for digital sports coverage in recent times, with the Olympic Games and its Winter counterpart showing what an all-encompassing, cross-platform broadcasting extravaganza can look like in an age of near-ubiquitous connectivity.
Janko Roettgers / Gigaom:
TuneIn relaunches with a big focus on social to become the Twitter of radio  —  Streaming radio aggregator TuneIn relaunched its mobile apps and website Wednesday, introducing a Twitter-like follower model and adding new ways for podcasters, radio staions and brands to reach an audience.
Discussion: Re/code and VentureBeat
Dorothy Pomerantz / Forbes:
Nielsen Is About To Help Programmers Profit From Your Online TV Viewing  —  For all the talk of a “golden age” of television, traditional TV networks have a big problem, and Mitch Barns, the new CEO of audience-measurement company Nielsen, thinks he can fix it.
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
American Cable Association appeals to FCC after Viacom blocks its own websites in carriage dispute  —  Polka: Viacom's ‘Retaliatory’ Web Move Raises Openness Issues  —  Criticizes blocking move's affect on ACA's smaller operator members  —  American Cable Association president Matt Polka …
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Good Magazine plots an editorial comeback  —  In 2012, cause-driven magazine Good magazine made a fateful decision, laying off six of its nine editorial staffers in favor of pushing a “community-based publishing system.”  The platform, which was essentially reddit for social good …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Digital Publisher Inkling Lays Off Consumer Staff To Focus On Enterprise Business  —  Inkling is shutting down its consumer business and laid off part of its workforce yesterday.  We first heard the news from a source who said the layoffs represented 25 percent of the company's workforce.
Discussion: Publishers Weekly and PR Newswire
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