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MSNBC.com Acquires Hyperlocal Site|FT Plans For Micropayments|Gourmet Launches Foodie TV Show|Kurtz Poo-poos Rather’s Presidential Commission Idea

WebNewser: MSNBC.com has acquired hyperlocal Web site EveryBlock which provides news and information “down to the neighborhood level” in 15 cities.

New York Times: The Financial Times is relishing its pay-for-content model, now launching a plan to accept micropayments for individual articles as an alternative for readers who don’t want to pay for a whole subscription.

Mediaweek: Starting this fall, Gourmet magazine is adding another new foodie television show to the schedule. The public television show, “Adventures with Ruth,” will be hosted by Gourmet editor Ruth Reichl and will debut October 17.

Washington Post: Howard Kurtz says Dan Rather is wrong: a presidential commission is not necessary to save the media. “I’d rather avoid the political bloviating that would permeate any conference orchestrated by the White House,” Kurtz said. “Journalists got themselves into this mess by clinging to the past as technology threatened to pass them by. They’ll have to get themselves out of it without any assistance from the Oval Office.”

Video: Jeff Rivera, a GalleyCat and Huffington Post contributor, interviewed “Dancing With The Stars” pro Karina Smirnoff about her new Broadway ballroom dance show and her new New York City digs.

NYT‘s Carr Dissects Murdochs Pay Wall Plans

rupe.pngIn his column this week, New York Times media critic David Carr took on News Corp. head honcho Rupert Murdoch and his recent pronouncement that all of his newspaper and television news channels would soon charge for access to their online content.

“Quality journalism is not cheap, and an industry that gives away its content is simply cannibalizing its ability to produce good reporting,” Murdoch said during News Corp.’s earnings call last week. “The digital revolution has opened many new and inexpensive distribution channels but it has not made content free. We intend to charge for all our news Web sites.”

Although Murdoch boasted that, if his model was successful, other media companies would follow his lead, Carr pointed out that many publications have already tried pay models, with varying levels of success. Instead, Carr questioned Murdoch’s level of commitment to his plan:

“Setting aside the execution risk of such a plan, it’s difficult to tell how serious Mr. Murdoch is, given his history of grand statements that were only that. Perhaps he was making an unsubtle effort to change the subject during a bleak earnings call for News Corporation…”

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