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6:30 PM ET, March 25, 2015


 Top News: 
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Facebook Opens Messenger App to Media Partners Including ESPN, JJ Abrams  —  Facebook wants to make its Messenger instant-messaging service — which it claims now has more than 600 million monthly active users worldwide — into a media platform encompassing video and other content …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Johnston Press posts pre-tax loss of £23.9m  —  Regional newspaper publisher also unveils deal to print Richard Desmond's four Express and Star titles in the north of England  —  Johnston Press has reported a pre-tax loss of £23.9m for last year, and announced a lucrative deal …
Roy Greenslade / Guardian:
Johnston Press launches website to reach Belfast's ‘millennials’
Discussion: Belfast Newsletter
Geoffrey A. Fowler / Wall Street Journal:
Streaming boxes and smart TVs still don't cover all TV bases and cost more than cable, so trim your cable subscription and use them as a supplement  —  Why Cable TV Beats the Internet, For Now  —  It's not time to cut cable yet, unless you're among the few cord-cutters who can clear enough hurdles
Thai PM Prayuth warns media, says has power to execute reporters  —  (Reuters) - Thai junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha lashed out at journalists on Wednesday, saying he would “probably just execute” those who did “not report the truth”, in the latest outburst aimed at Thailand's media.
Jared Malsin / Globe and Mail:
In Egypt, Fahmy gets go-ahead to seek his Canadian passport back  —  An Egyptian judge took steps on Tuesday to help Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy regain a passport for the first time since his arrest in 2013, a measure that would allow him to get married and live a more normal life.
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg Business:
Nielsen to Measure Netflix Viewing by Middle of This Year  —  (Bloomberg) — Nielsen, the company that measures TV audiences, will begin offering data on viewing by Netflix Inc. and Amazon Prime subscribers for the first time starting midyear, Chief Executive Officer Mitch Barns said Tuesday.
Nicole Levy / Capital New York:
Buzzfeed promised to open video studio and keep 200 jobs in New York State in exchange for $4M tax credit  —  The backstory of Buzzfeed's New York tax credits  —  Buzzfeed explored the option of moving 200 of its employees to office space in New Jersey before New York's chief economic …
Hannah Allam / McClatchy Washington Bureau:
French newspaper Le Figaro reports US and Syria in talks to release missing journalist Austin Tice  —  French newspaper: U.S., Syria in talks to free American journalist  —  WASHINGTON — U.S. officials are negotiating with Syrian President Bashar Assad's government for the release …
Capital New York:
Interview with incoming LA Times managing editor Mitra Kalita on the transition from Quartz, legacy vs. digital media, and plans for the Times  —  The 60-second interview: S. Mitra Kalita, incoming managing editor for digital strategy, The Los Angeles Times  —  CAPITAL: Why the L.A. Times?
Discussion: @laobserved and @pkafka
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
Steve Brill Hands Down His Verdict on Serial and The New Republic  —  Steve Brill, 64, has the air of an old-school media mogul despite his less than impressive, standard-issue office.  When we walked in last week, the founder of Court TV and author of the best seller, America's Bitter Pill …
Discussion: Poynter and @mlcalderone
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Comcast/TWC merger review to last until mid-2015 after months of delays  —  Comcast originally expected to close the deal in 2014.  —  After months of delays, Comcast now says government review of its proposed acquisition of Time Warner Cable (TWC) will now stretch into the middle of 2015.
Eric Blattberg / Digiday:
In YouTube's shadow, Condé Nast's The Scene struggles to take off  —  At a time when publishers like BuzzFeed and Mashable are pushing to publish directly on platforms, Condé Nast is working in the opposite direction with its 8-month-old video hub, The Scene.
Discussion: @digiday and @pkafka
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple TV gains CNNgo channel for viewing live and on-demand news content  —  Just a day after the last Apple TV channel refresh, CNNgo has added more news content to the set-top box lineup.  The new channel appears to require an active cable subscription to view live content …
Associated Press:
Charlie Hebdo magazine to receive PEN award  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Charlie Hebdo, the Parisian satirical magazine that was a target of a deadly shooting in January, will be honored at this spring's PEN American Center gala.  —  The literary and human rights organization announced Wednesday …
Discussion: PEN American Center
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Why Trinity Mirror and the Media Trust teamed up for community reporting
Discussion: HoldTheFrontPage
Association of Alternative Weeklies:
Euclid Media Group Acquires St. Louis Weekly, Riverfront Times
Canadian Press:
Regulator slams Bell Media after report exec meddled with CTV journalism
Lizette Alvarez / New York Times:
Radio and TV Martí, U.S. Broadcasters to Cuba, Emerge From Cold War Past Facing Uneasy Future
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
New York Times chairman and publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. to net $6.8M for fiscal year 2014; CEO Thompson's total pay $4.5M
Discussion: JIMROMENESKO.COM and FishbowlNY
 Earlier Picks: 
Glenn Peoples / Billboard:
Music labels push to limit free streaming as licenses come up for renewal, but Spotify has leverage with large subscriber base and proven revenue growth
Discussion: Quartz
Tim Adams / Observer:
A photographer's project in Philadelphia documents the hollowing out of US metro newspapers
Justin Ellis / Nieman Lab:
Atavist revamps its publishing software to push design and readability to the fore
Discussion: Capital New York and Co.Design