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Turkish Telecoms Authority Moves Against YouTube After Twitter Ban (Reuters)
The Turkish telecoms authority TIB said on Thursday it had taken an “administrative measure” against YouTube, a week after it blocked access to microblogging site Twitter. NYT / The Lede The Turkish government blocked access to YouTube after an audio recording was uploaded to the platform in which the foreign minister and senior military and intelligence officials could be heard discussing the security situation in Syria. WSJ The leaked recording published anonymously purported to show a conversation in which Turkey’s foreign minister, spy chief and a top general appear to discuss scenarios that could lead to a Turkish attack against Jihadist militants in Syria. After the two-part voice file was published, Turkey’s Foreign Ministry sent a letter to the TIB requesting that it shutter YouTube. The content represents a “first degree threat to national security,” the ministry said, according to Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency. CNN Turkey’s top media regulating agency announced a similar ban on the broadcast of the conversation to television and radio channels. Turkey’s political elite has been battered by a campaign of wiretap leaks recorded by unknown operatives and distributed daily for more than a month on the Internet. Until Wednesday, all of the wiretaps seemed to be recordings of phone conversations between Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, his inner circle, government officials and some top corporate executives. Politico The move comes just days before significant local elections. Turkish residents decried the Twitter blockage, which prevented them from using the site in any way. A Turkish court overturned the ban on Wednesday, although it could stay in place until after Sunday’s elections. The Twitter crackdown came after similar information appeared on the site questioning the government’s credibility.

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Gordon McLeod Named Publisher of Newsday Media Group

imageGordon McLeod has been named publisher of Newsday Media Group, which includes Newsday, its site, amNewYork and its site, and several shopper publications.

McLeod was most recently president of Krux, a technology company that provided cloud-based data solutions to publishers. He formerly served as president of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network for four years, and held executive roles at CBS News and more.

McLeod is succeeding Fred Groser, who is retiring.

“Gordon’s impressive career in the media industry and his deep understanding of the evolving media business make him uniquely qualified to lead Newsday Media Group,” said Brian Sweeney, senior VP of Newsday Media’s parent Cablevision, in a statement. “I am confident that Gordon will position Newsday Media Group at the forefront of change and innovation, while it continues to deliver valuable news to its readers across all platforms and connects advertisers with their audiences in compelling ways.”

Kerry Kennedy & Jackie Author Come Face To Face

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— DIANE CLEHANE

Sometimes it seems as if all roads lead to Michael’s — well, at least on Wednesdays. Today, the planets aligned to bring together folks with some interesting six-degrees-of-separation connections. I was talking to ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong who introduced me to Greg Lawrence, author of Jackie as Editor: The Literary Life of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (St. Martins). Greg interviewed over 125 writers and editors who worked with Jackie during her 19 years at Viking Press. (The excerpt that ran in Vanity Fair recently was dishy and full of colorful details of Jackie’s life as a working girl. The paperback edition comes out this summer.) Turns out Greg worked with Jackie on three books, including one with his former wife, ballerina Gelsey Kirkland. Their memoir, Dancing on My Grave, caused quite an uproar at the time for its revelations. “It was quite scandalous,” recalled Greg, smiling at the memory.

That got me thinking. Since Greg knew one of the most famous members of the Kennedy family pretty well, I asked if he thought Caroline Kennedy was really behind the campaign that got The History Channel to drop their plans to air The Kennedys mini-series. “Oh, definitely,” he told me. “Caroline is very sensitive about these things,  and since she has a documentary with ABC and a book with Hyperion planned on her own about Jackie, she was able to stop it.”

Before he could say more, Kerry Kennedy walked up to say hello to Joe (a longtime friend of the Kennedy family) unaware there was a journalist in her midst who had delved into the life of a Kennedy for fun and profit. When Joe introduced Kerry to Greg and told her about his book, I observed what appeared to be a cautiously cordial response. It must be surreal to see your relative on the cover of a book someone is holding only to find out the author of that book is the person you’re talking to, although I’m guessing  it’s not all that unusual if you’re a Kennedy.  We were saved from any further awkwardness when Henry Schleiff (who knows everyone) grabbed Kerry for a big hug and pulled her aside for a little chat.

Here’s the rundown on today’s crowd:

1. Kerry Kennedy, presiding over a table of casually clad diners

2. Fox News anchor Bill Hemmer, having what looked to be a very intense conversation with uber agent Wayne Kabak

3. ‘Mayor’ Joe Armstrong with director Susan Stroman, Ed Victor and his lovely wife, Carol

4. Hudson News CEO James S. Cohen with a doppelganger power lunch pal

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Dow Jones Restructures With New Business Groups, Promotions And Departures

dowjones.jpgOur sister blog MediaJobsDaily directs us to this internal memo sent to Dow Jones & Co. staff today from president Todd Larsen.

Larsen announced that the company would be dividing up into five distinct business groups: The Wall Street Journal in print, The Wall Street Journal Digital Network, Dow Jones Financial Markets (including the newswires), Dow Jones Corporate Markets and Dow Jones Indexes. Kelly Leach, formerly the Journal‘s vice president for business management, has been appointed to lead the paper, while Gordon McLeod remains the president of its digital network. Joe Lanza, previously VP of sales and trading at Dow Jones, has been named the president of the Financial Markets group; Scott Schulman, president of Dow Jones Financial Information Services, is taking over the new Corporate Markets group and Mike Petronella will continue to lead the Dow Jones Indexes.

Other additions to the Dow Jones team include Dennis Cahill as senior VP for technology; Jennifer Jehn as senior VP for marketing; Lee Wood as senior VP for enterprise sales and client solutions; and Michael Rooney as CRO at the Journal, while others remain in their roles but are taking on additional responsibilities, like Ann Sarnoff, who will now be president of Dow Jones Ventures as well as senior VP for strategy. All this shuffling is certainly hard to keep track of.

But in the midst of all the good news four execs — Richard Hanks, who was former chief operating officer of the Dow Jones Enterprise Media Group; Bill Voltmer, senior vice president of global sales and client solutions at Dow Jones; Alan Scott, senior vice president and CMO of the Dow Jones Enterprise Media Group and Bruce Macfarlane — are leaving the company. Larsen added that, “they depart with our admiration and thanks.”

Read the full memo here –MediaJobsDaily

Previously: Dow Jones Combines Journal, Newswire Operations