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Phone Hacking: News Of The World Bosses Ordered Emails To Be Deleted (The Telegraph)
New evidence of a cover-up of phone hacking at News of the World has been disclosed in court documents, which show that the company created a policy to delete emails that could be used against it in legal proceedings. Guardian Rupert Murdoch's News International took active steps to delete and prepare to delete the publisher's email archives as phone-hacking allegations and lawsuits against the owner of the now-defunct News of the World mounted in 2009 and developed in 2010. Sky News Murdoch has overseen the printing of his new title, The Sun on Sunday, as questions continue to be asked about alleged criminality and corruption at other News International titles. HuffPost With his editors calling it a "new dawn," Murdoch launched the new Sunday edition of The Sun in London Saturday night. NYT For the past week, it has been just like old times: Rupert Murdoch, shirtsleeves rolled up, bossing the newsroom of the country's leading tabloid newspaper as if he had not been away building his media empire in America for much of the past 30 years, as if the impact of the phone-hacking and police-bribery scandals embroiling his British newspapers could be rolled back by the sheer force of the proprietor's will. WSJ The Sun's Sunday edition debuted with a 50-pence price, a cover story about a TV star's medical drama ("My heart stopped for 40 seconds"), and an editorial pledging that readers "will be able to trust our journalists to abide by values of decency as they gather news."

LA Times To Put Up A Paywall Beginning In March (FishbowlLA)
Beginning March 5, visiting latimes.com will no longer be free. paidContent It's been a big week in newspapers starting to charge for content. First it was Gannett; now the Los Angeles Times will launch a metered paywall Monday, March 5. TechCrunch The Los Angeles Times reports that it will be adopting a paywall (they prefer the term "membership program") starting March 5, joining the ranks of other large newspapers hoping to replace plummeting subscription revenues. NYT / Media Decoder The plan is the latest attempt at a major newspaper to reap additional subscription revenue from the Web, as readers increasingly shun the printed paper and advertisers flee. LA Times Starting March 5, online readers will be asked to buy a digital subscription at an initial rate of 99 cents for four weeks. Readers who do not subscribe will be able to read 15 stories in a 30-day period for free. There will be no digital access charge for subscribers of the printed newspaper. TechCrunch It's been said before, but it needs saying again (and again and again): PRINT IS DEAD.

Fox Sells Out Daytona 500 (Adweek)
With less than 48 hours before the green flag went up at the 54th running of the Daytona 500, Fox sold out the last of its available advertising inventory.

In An 'Unusual' Meeting, NYPD Gathers Press Corps To Address Recent AP Reports On Surveillance Of Muslim Groups (Capital New York)
Late Thursday afternoon, we got a tip that NYPD brass had rounded up all of the local police beat reporters for a spontaneous meeting related to something that has become a perpetual thorn in the department's side in recent months: The Associated Press' ongoing probe of police surveillance of Muslim communities in and around the city.

Brian Williams' Rock Center Hits A New Low -- Why NBC Won't Budge (TheWrap.com / Media Alley)
Brian Williams' Rock Center hit a new ratings low Wednesday night, so how long can NBC leave it on the air?

AOL Fires Back! (Business Insider / Silicon Alley Insider)
AOL shareholder Starboard declared a proxy war on the company Friday and named four people it wants to be on the board of directors. AOL just fired back in a statement. The gist: We tried to work with these guys, but they want to fight.

Is Linking Just Polite, Or Is It A Core Value Of Journalism? (GigaOM)
Late last week, TechCrunch writer M.G. Siegler broke the news that Apple was buying an app-discovery service called Chomp -- although he didn't say where that news came from, just that it was a reliable source. The Wall Street Journal reported the same news several hours later, confirmed by an Apple source, but didn't link to Siegler, who then wrote a profanity-laced tirade criticizing the WSJ for its failure to include a link to him in its story (we at GigaOM, meanwhile, wrote about why the acquisition made sense for Apple, and credited TechCrunch with breaking the story).

CableLabs CEO: Interactive TV As Relevant As Ever (Multichannel News)
CableLabs CEO Paul Liao said that even after the decision by Canoe Ventures to shut down its interactive-TV advertising operations, ITV technologies remain "as important and relevant to the cable industry as ever."

No, Social Can't Predict The Oscars, But It Can Award A 'People's Oscar' (AdAge / Digital)
On the surface, Super Bowl quarterbacks and Oscar nominees don't have much in common. However, for those of us who are inspired by the analytical power of IBM's Watson computer, the social data created by fans provides amazing insight for a movie studio, a sports franchise, or a retailer.

CNBC Taps Beispel To Head New Strategic Ad Sales Unit (Multichannel News)
CNBC has hired Rick Beispel to lead a newly created strategic ad sales unit for the financial news leader.

Condé Nast Creates New Marketing Role (FishbowlNY)
Condé Nast has named Gillian Gorman Round senior vice president, brand development, a newly created role at the company. NY Observer Condé Nast has tapped a luxury cosmetics marketing executive for a newly created position that will lead the magazine publisher in nontraditional -- but increasingly compulsory -- business initiatives like e-commerce. Adweek For years, Condé Nast was reluctant to push its storied brands like Vogue and GQ onto other platforms. Well, no more.

Melanie Bromley Moves From Us Weekly To E! News (TheWrap.com)
Us Weekly is about to lose another editor to E! News, TheWrap has learned.

Washington Post Co. Decides Slate All Grown Up, Needs Own Ad-Sales Force (AdAge / Digital)
Online magazine Slate has been around for more than 15 years. In that time, it has had two owners (Microsoft previously, and The Washington Post Co. currently), been the recipient of a fair share of journalism awards, and developed a passionate following for its unique and oft-counterintuitive viewpoints on politics, culture, and business. The one thing Slate's never had? Its own sales and marketing team. Until now. WWD / Memo Pad Slate Group editor-in-chief Jacob Weisberg met with a group of Columbia Journalism School students Thursday night to speak about what he described as a "crisis of the fourth branch."

CNN's Costello To Atlanta (FishbowlDC)
Having just revamped its mornings with Soledad O'Brien and Starting Point, CNN is now adding Washington, D.C.-based Carol Costello to its morning lineup.

Post Sweetens Buyout Deal, But Not Enough To Reach Agreement (MediaJobsDaily)
The Washington Post is in the middle of trying to pay up to 48 of its employees to leave, and time has run out on negotiations between the Post and the Guild as to what constitutes a fair offer. Therefore, the Post gets to make its final offer under the terms of the guild contract. Post Guild The Post is expected to begin distributing the buyout offers to Guild-covered employees Wednesday, Feb. 29. Exempt employees are also scheduled to receive their offers on that day. Each package will contain the specific figure computed for each eligible employee's severance payment. Once an employee has picked up his or her offer, the clock begins running on a 45-day period to decide whether to accept the package.

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