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Morning Media Newsfeed: News Crews Witness Airstrike | Time Warner Stock Surges

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NBC News Crew Witnesses Gaza Airstrike (TVNewser)
NBC News correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin and his crew witnessed an Israeli airstrike that killed four children at a port in Gaza Wednesday. Mohyeldin, who was also caught in the crossfire as Israeli soldiers fired rubber bullets on crowds in East Jerusalem earlier this month, called in to the West Coast edition of Today to describe what he saw, saying it was “a chaotic scene.” TVNewser Hours later, it was chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel who reported the story for Nightly News. FishbowlDC On Wednesday afternoon’s The Lead With Jake Tapper, the CNN host spoke over the phone with the Wall Street Journal’s Middle East correspondent Nick Casey for what proved to be a very intense interview. Casey was located near where the strike took place. Mashable The four children were killed by Israeli airstrikes that hit in close proximity to al-Deira Hotel, a Gaza City hotel full of foreign journalists. The attack came at around 4 p.m. local time and appeared to be the result of a naval shell. At least two additional children were injured, according to local reports. THR The BBC has defended its coverage of the latest Israeli air strikes in Gaza among accusations that the British public broadcaster is too pro-Israeli in its reporting on the region’s escalating conflict. The conflict has been the subject of extensive BBC news coverage, but a prominent pro-Palestine group claims the broadcaster’s programs have been systematically “entirely devoid of context or background.” The Palestine Solidarity Campaign posted an online open letter to BBC director general Tony Hall criticizing the broadcaster for not illustrating what it considers key aspects of the conflict.

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Morning Media Newsfeed: Aereo Plans Survival | Dish Makes Anti-Merger Case to FCC

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Aereo Signals Path to Survival if Classified as Cable System (WSJ)
Aereo Inc., the online video company that was widely expected to go out of business after losing a high-stakes Supreme Court case in June, signaled Wednesday that it sees a path to survival if it is classified in legal terms as a cable system. Mashable Aereo lost its case before the U.S. Supreme Court because a majority of the justices said its resemblance to a cable company meant it had violated copyright laws. Re/code The video streaming company told a U.S. district court in New York Wednesday it now thinks it’s entitled to be licensed as a cable system because of the Supreme Court’s decision. That would allow the company to stay alive although it would have to pay licensing fees in addition to costs to restart its stalled business. Aereo allowed consumers to watch local TV channels over the Internet for a monthly fee of up to $12 until shutting down its service a few weeks ago after the Supreme Court sided with broadcasters. Capital New York The broadcasters responded with their own argument, calling Aereo’s decision “astonishing.” “Whatever Aereo may say about its rationale for raising it now, it is astonishing for Aereo to contend the Supreme Court’s decision automatically transformed Aereo into a ‘cable system’ under Section 111 given its prior statements to this Court and the Supreme Court,” lawyers for the broadcasters wrote. Deadline Hollywood At issue is whether the District Court will lift a stay that allowed Aereo to remain in business while the case made its way to the Supreme Court. Broadcasters want it lifted so they can collect damages from Aereo’s infringement of their copyrights — a two-year period during which they say they “suffered irreparable harm.” Aereo faces additional hurdles even if the District Court agrees with its view. The FCC also might have to agree to define Aereo as a cable operator for it to qualify for the compulsory license — and it would have to be granted by the U.S. Copyright Office.

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Reuters Makes Appointments, Wired Adds to Management Team

A few Revolving Door items to note today, involving Reuters and Wired. Details are below.

  • At Reuters, Georgina Prodhan has been named chief correspondent, company news, Germany. Prodhan will move to the Frankfurt bureau — where she started her Reuters career as a reporter covering tech companies — in September.
  • In other Reuters news, Liana Baker is joining the company’s New York mergers and acquisitions team. Baker has been with Reuters since 2010. She most recently covered the cable and media industry.
  • Wired has named Melanie Altarescu head of strategic initiatives, a new role at the magazine. She comes to Wired from The New Yorker, where she has been executive director, integrated marketing since 2012.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Aereo Suspends Service | The View Loses Two

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Aereo Suspends Streaming TV Service, Weighs Next Steps (Variety)
Following the Supreme Court’s ruling on Wednesday in favor of broadcasters, Aereo announced early Saturday that it was pausing its streaming TV service at 11:30 a.m. ET. “We have decided to pause our operations temporarily as we consult with the court and map out our next steps,” Aereo CEO and founder Chet Kanojia wrote in a letter to subscribers. Deadline Hollywood The Barry Diller-backed company plans to consult with the U.S. District Court in New York, hearing broadcasters’ complaint against it after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that the service violates station owners’ copyrights when it streams their over-the-air programming without permission. Users will receive a refund for their last paid month. Mediaite Notably, Kanojia calls the move a “pause” rather than a permanent end to operations, though it seems highly unlikely that the company will be able to move forward in any recognizable form following the decision. In an interview with Bloomberg TV earlier this year, he said the company had “no plan” to move forward if the court ruled against it. GigaOM Despite the obvious appeal of an Internet-based mobile TV service that offers a small bundle of channels, the TV industry is reluctant to change its current business model, which is based on selling large packages of channels, many of which consumers never watch. One option for Aereo may be to accept the Supreme Court’s declaration that it is a cable company, and seek a license from the broadcasters, although the economics of this might prove prohibitive. NYT The company had fewer than 500,000 subscribers in about a dozen metropolitan areas. Customers paid $8 to $12 a month to rent one of Aereo’s dime-size antennas that captured over-the-air television signals. They then could stream and record programs from major broadcasters using their mobile phones, tablets, laptops and Internet-connected televisions.

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Hank Gilman Joins Reuters

Thomson ReutersHank Gilman, a veteran of Fortune for 16 years, is joining Reuters’ top news team. Gilman most recently served as a contributing editor for Inc. He previously served as deputy editor for Fortune and business editor for Newsweek.

“He [Gilman] will specialize on some of our biggest initiative stories — working in particular with new companies editor Eric Effron and finance editor Paritosh Bansal to take our corporate coverage to new levels,” wrote Reuters’ top news editor, Martin Howell, in a memo.

Gilman will join Reuters in September.

Correction (6/27, 12:15 pm):
An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that Gilman left Fortune to join Reuters. Gilman left Fortune in 2012.

Reuters, CNN and Cosmo Add to Teams

A couple Revolving Door items to note today, involving Reuters, CNN and Cosmopolitan. Details are below.

    • Eric Effron has been named Reuters’ news editor for the Americas. Effron has been with Reuters since 2010, serving as editor of Reuters Legal. Prior to joining Reuters, Effron served as The Week’s executive editor and managing editor. He begins his new Reuters role on August 1.
    • CNN has named Samantha Barry its senior director of social news. She comes to the company from BBC World News, where she served as a social media producer.
    • Elizabeth Narins has been named Cosmopolitan.com’s fitness editor, a new role at the magazine. Narins was most recently  Women’s Health’s online editor of social media and special projects.

Reuters Makes Change, People StyleWatch Adds Editor

A couple Revolving Door items for you this early afternoon, involving Reuters and People StyleWatch. Details are below.

  • Jim Loney has been named team leader for Reuters’ Breaking News Team. Loney most recently worked as a deputy on the team. He succeeds David Storey, who has shifted to Reuters’ Foreign Policy Team. Loney has been with Reuters since 1995.
  • People StyleWatch has hired Gena Kaufman as its new social media editor. She comes to the magazine from Glamour.

Morning Media Newsfeed: Abramson Gets New Gig | Twitter COO Resigns

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Jill Abramson to Teach at Harvard (FishbowlNY)
Jill Abramson, the former executive editor of The New York Times who was unceremoniously fired last month, has a new gig — teacher. Abramson is joining Harvard University’s English department this coming fall to teach undergraduate courses on narrative nonfiction. NYT Abramson, the first woman to hold the top editing post at the Times, was abruptly dismissed last month by the newspaper’s publisher, Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr. Her firing stunned the Times newsroom and the media world in general. Sulzberger said she was dismissed because of her management style, while other published accounts said she was paid less than her predecessor, Bill Keller, an allegation that Sulzberger denied. Capital New York Abramson, a Harvard alum, will hold the title of visiting lecturer at the university for the 2014-2015 school year. THR “Narrative non-fiction journalism is more important than ever,” Abramson said in a statement. “Its traditions and how it is changing in the digital transition are fascinating areas of study.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media During a May commencement address at Wake Forest, her first and only public appearance since her termination, Abramson said she did not know what her next career move would be after the Times. Abramson has previously taught journalism seminars at Yale and Princeton.

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Reuters Signs Syndication Deal with Variety

Reuters is teaming up with Variety for all its entertainment news. Reuters had previously partnered with a few different outlets for syndicated entertainment content.

The deal involves Reuters, Variety and VarietyLatino.com.

“Reuters is committed to providing our customers around the world with real-time, high impact multimedia news,” said Daniel Mandell, Reuters’ senior VP of business development, in a statement. “As a leading provider of quality entertainment news, Variety and Variety Latino are natural partners to help Reuters deliver unparalleled entertainment coverage to our clients.”

You can expect to see Variety’s editorial content popping up on Reuters starting in August.

Reuters Adds to Top News Team

Reuters has added two to its top news team in the Americas. Details are below.

  • Tomasz Janowski, who has been with Reuters since 1993, joins the top news team in August. He most recently served as acting Asia economics editor, a role he held since February. Prior to that, Janowski served as Reuters’ Asia economics correspondent.
  • John Pickering is joining the top news team effective immediately. Pickering was formerly a veteran Bloomberg editor, who had served more than 20 years with the company.

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