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New York Times: Another look at what went so wrong with the Time Warner-AOL merger.

Financial Times: A profile of Newsmax.

All Things D: A Demand Media manifesto.

Washington Post: British journalist Rupert Hamer was killed Sunday by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.

Fashion Week Daily: editor Abby Gardner has made an exit from the blog, and will be replaced by Lauren Sherman, formerly of Forbes.

Media Nation: A federal investigation provides an explanation for why the president of The Boston Globe‘s union, Dan Totten, signed another union officer’s name to his paycheck, an action that resulted in him being removed from union management.

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TVNewser: The Washington Post reports that George Stephanopoulos has been offered the co-anchor position on “Good Morning America” to replace Diane Sawyer as she leaves for “World News.”

WWD: In the midst of a recession that has hit the high-end advertising market pretty hard, luxury pub Town & Country has plans to make its content more “exuberant” and “provocative” (read: sexy). Sex sells, but will it help boost ad sales?

Politico: New York Times reporter Peter Baker criticized the addition of reporters from Talking Points Memo and The Huffington Post to the White House reporting pool. “This is really troubling,” Baker told Michael Calderone. “We’re blurring the line between news and punditry even further and opening ourselves to legitimate questions among readers about where the White House press corps gets its information.”

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Billionaire Jeff Greene is making a bid for New York Times Co.-owned Worcester Telegram & Gazette. He’s now bidding for the Massachusetts paper against a local group led by Polar Beverages CEO Ralph D. Crowley Jr. and Harry T. Whitin, the recently retired editor of the T&G.

Boston Globe: Members of The Boston Globe‘s biggest union have ousted their president, Dan Totten, after finding him guilty of violating union bylaws during a two-day hearing.

Boston Globe Union Petition Seeks To Oust President

boston-globe-logo.jpgOne month after officially filing charges against its president, Dan Totten, The Boston Globe‘s biggest union, the Boston Newspaper Guild, has turned in a petition signed by nearly 150 members seeking to oust Totten. The union prez is set to appear before a union trial next week to face charges of misappropriating union funds, The Boston Herald reported.

24 percent of the union membership reportedly signed the petition, but only 20 percent is required for a recall election.

Totten led the guild through contentious negotiations with the Globe‘s owners, The New York Times Co., earlier this year. But although the union membership initially voted to reject the Times Co.’s proposed cuts, resulting in a 23 percent unilateral pay cut for all its members, the guild eventually approved a second offer, which seemed very similar to the first.

Totten first ran into trouble with the union in September, when the petition to remove him from office first started circulating around the Globe. Although the Globe is no longer in danger of being sold off by the Times Co., now its biggest union faces uncertainty about its leadership as we head towards the New Year.

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NYT Scraps Plans To Sell Boston Globe

boston-globe-logo.jpgYesterday afternoon, The Boston Globe staff received a memo from the paper’s owner The New York Times Co.‘s chairman Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and CEO Janet Robinson informing them that the company no longer planned to sell the Boston paper.

The memo, which the Globe posted on its Web site, read in part:

“The Globe has significantly improved its financial footing by following the strategic plan it set out at the beginning of this year. All along, we explicitly recognized that a careful restructuring of the Globe was one possible route and, thanks to your hard work, that is precisely what has been done.”

Robinson will be visiting Boston for a townhall meeting today at 11 a.m., the memo added. We hope she will address the Globe‘s employees’ previous concerns about layoffs and other cost-cutting measures.

Meanwhile, the Times Co. is still seeking “strategic alternatives” for its other Massachusetts paper, The Worcester Telegram & Gazette. The memo and this SEC filing both emphasize that those negotiations will be wrapped up soon.

Meanwhile, the Globe‘s largest union, which first rejected the Times Co.’s proposed contract changes earlier this year, has taken action against its president Dan Totten, accusing him of misappropriation of funds. We’re interested to see how the union’s challenges will affect the representation of employees as the paper moves forward under Times Co. management.

Either way, the Times Co.’s announcement was a cause for celebration today in Boston. Case in point: the Globe‘s story about the decision today was entitled, “Sighs of relief heard as the Globe saga subsides.”

Related: Sulzberger, Robinson Explain Why Readers Embrace Print

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TVNewser: ABC News Radio laid off up to 20 staffers today.

Reuters: OpenGate Capital has dropped out of the running to buy BusinessWeek.

Boston Globe: The Boston Globe‘s biggest union has officially filed charges against union president Dan Totten, accusing him of “misappropriating union money or property, violating its constitution and disobeying orders.”

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FishbowlDC: CQ-Roll Call cut 44 jobs today, before unveiling a big restructuring of the company.

Editor & Publisher: John Sturm, the president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America told a joint economic hearing today that the newspaper industry was not looking for a government bailout.

The Boston Phoenix: The Boston Globe‘s biggest union, the Boston Newspaper Guild, has taken measures to prevent union president Dan Totten from handling union finances. “Information has come to the attention of the Executive Committee that President Daniel Totten has engaged in conduct which appears to be violative of the constitution regarding financial matters involving Local funds,” the union said in a note to members.

New York Times: Some Tribune bondholders have been granted access to documents in order to investigate the 2007 of the company to Sam Zell.

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Boston Globe‘s Largest Union’s Members Seek To Remove Union Leadership

boston-globe-logo.jpgJust a few months after agreeing to a renegotiated contract The Boston Globe‘s largest union is seeking to replace the union leadership that saw them through this summer’s dispute with the paper’s owner, The New York Times Co.

The Globe reports today that some of the Boston Newspaper Guild’s members have started circulating a petition to remove the union’s seven-member executive committee, including its president Dan Totten.

“There’s a feeling that the executive committee has made a bad situation worse,” Globe copy editor and union delegate Tim Flynn told his paper.

Earlier this year, guild was the only Globe union to reject a new contract that offered deep cuts in return for keeping the paper alive. After the guild rejected the Times Co.’s proposal on June 8 by a 277 to 265 vote, and the Globe‘s owner instead instituted a 23 percent unilateral pay cut to all guild members.

The two sides then entered into negotiations in the hopes of quickly finalizing a deal that would minimize the effects of the pay cut on union members. In July, the union voted in favor of the proposed cuts, which looked very similar to the Times Co.’s original offer.

As the Times Co. decides whether to sell the Globe and to whom, union leadership, particularly that of the paper’s largest union, may play an increasingly large role in defining the needs of the paper’s employees. And if the union is unhappy with the leadership’s work thus far, it makes sense to speak out now before the paper is sold off to a new owner.

According to the Globe, if 20 percent of the 650 editorial, advertising and business workers represented by the guild sign the petition, a meeting will be called. A majority vote of members present at that meeting could prompt a recall election.

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Globe Readies For NYTCo. Execs’ Visit

nytco.pngThe New York Times Co. Chair Arthur Sulzberger Jr. and CEO Janet Robinson informed staff members at The Boston Globe yesterday to expect a visit on September 9, The Boston Herald reported.

Robinson and Sulzberger will be in town for two all-staff “business update” meetings, the execs told Globe staffers in a memo. But they shouldn’t expect a very warm reception. Tensions are still high between the Boston paper and its New York-based owners, and there is still uncertainty over future layoffs and whether the Globe will be sold.

Dan Totten, the president of the paper’s biggest union, which rejected the Times Co.’s concession plan in June, told the Herald that people are considering picketing outside for the executives’ visit. However, the execs said they will be taking questions, alongside Globe publisher P. Steven Ainsley.

Hopefully, Globe employees will get some answers.

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Globe Union And Times Co. Reach Tentative Agreement

boston-globe-logo.jpgLast night, The Boston Globe‘s largest union, the Boston Newspaper Guild, finally reached a tentative agreement with the paper’s owner, the New York Times Co, giving the company the $10 million in cost savings it has been seeking for months.

According to guild president Dan Totten, the new agreement “includes a 5.94 percent salary reduction, modifications to contract language on job security and other concessions.” This means that, if this deal is ratified, lifetime job guarantees for about 170 veteran guild employees will be eliminated and the pension plan will be frozen, the Globe said in an article today.

The union also “negotiated steps to help limit the financial hardship imposed on guild members from the temporary implementation of a 23 percent pay cut,” Totten added. This could include a lump sum for employees to replace lost wages from the implementation of the 23 percent cut last week to the ratification date of the new deal, The New York Times reported today.

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Baynewser: A profile of U.S. State Department employee Jared Cohen, who called Twitter to ask them to postpone scheduled maintanence.

TVNewser: CNBC‘s Carl Quintanilla and his wife Judy Chung, a former CNBC and MSNBC producer, welcomed twin girls.

New York Times: In Bill Keller‘s latest dispatch from Iran he tries Googling “Hooker.”

MarketWatch: As negotiations continue today, Boston Globe union leader Dan Totten is “optimistic” that an agreement will be reached soon between the Boston Newspaper Guild and the New York Times Co.

Wall Street Journal: Newsweek cuts an issue in August.