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ABC's Exclusive George Zimmerman Video Turns Up Across The Nets, But Not ABC's Late-Night News Show (TVNewser)
ABC's Matt Gutman got quite an exclusive late Wednesday when he got his hands on Sanford, Fla., police video of the night George Zimmerman was detained after he shot 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. The video shows Zimmerman entering the police station, put in handcuffs, then brought into a detention room. At issue: whether Zimmerman was roughed up, including having a broken nose, as early accounts claim. The video doesn't seem to show that. TVNewser NBC News had to make a correction over Twitter Wednesday night after it had tweeted incorrect information shortly before the evening newscasts. The network reported that the Sanford police department had issued a request for the arrest of Zimmerman. TVNewser On NBC's Rock Center, African-American reporters, contributors, and staffers from across the NBC Universal family participated in a piece sharing their thoughts on the Martin shooting. In many cases, they shared personal -- and often emotional -- anecdotes. HuffPost MSNBC's Tamron Hall made deeply personal revelations about being black while reflecting on the death of Martin on Wednesday's Rock Center.

Maxim Minimized: Big Layoffs Hit Men's Mag Web And Editorial Staff (TechCrunch)
The Internet killed the magazine star. There's been a major round of layoffs at Maxim magazine.

Philly Newspapers Deal To Be Announced Friday? (
There are newsroom reports in Philadelphia that a deal for The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and will be announced Friday. NYT / Media Decoder A consortium of local business and political leaders is poised to purchase the Philadelphia Media Network, publisher of The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and, according to several people familiar with the negotiations.

Tensions High As SAG And AFTRA Prepare For Merger Results (
Tensions are high as the members of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists brace for the results of a vote on a proposed merger that would bring the two unions together under one roof.

CNN Morning Ratings Shrink Despite Primetime Demo Advantage Over MSNBC (THR)
The first quarter of the year saw a few notable shifts in cable news ratings, with Fox News Channel retaining its 10-year streak on top of CNN and MSNBC.

On Twitter, Rupert Murdoch Vows Revenge For News Corp. Treatment (New York / Daily Intel)
Every person has a breaking point. Apparently Rupert Murdoch reached his Thursday. THR The BBC has issued a terse and combative statement defending itself against accusations by Murdoch's News Corp. that it "grossly misrepresented" the Murdoch company in a TV show. Forbes News Corp. chairman Murdoch wants to own his own version of ESPN, and who wouldn't? It's the most profitable cable network around, thanks largely to the unequaled fees it's able to extract from cable and satellite distributors for the right to carry its programming.

Joe Biden Set For Sunday's Face The Nation (FishbowlDC)
On Sunday, CBS will air its first-ever one-hour broadcast of Face the Nation with host Bob Schieffer. And who better to kick off their first full hour than potential gaffe machine Veep Joe Biden?

March Madness Digital Viewing Generates $60 Million In Ad Sales For Turner, CBS (AdAge / Digital)
It's not a revenue number that's going to convince many that a long-awaited reallocation of TV dollars to digital has arrived. But the approximately $60 million that sources say Turner and brought in for ad sales around digital viewing of NCAA tournament games this year is a sign of progress.

Here's Why Every News Organization Should Have A River (Nieman Journalism Lab)
To me, it's self-evident that every news organization, like every blog, should define a community of bloggers. People who write with passion about their expertise. I've been writing about this, evangelically, since the mid-90s. Still, there are very few rivers out there. Someday, they will be a fixture. It will be self-evident to everyone else, too.

Paywall Promos: How Far Should Newspapers Open The Door? (paidContent)
As newspapers lock content behind paywalls, marketers are opening that same content right back up again through campaigns that provide readers with temporary access for free. The idea seems a good one, but newspapers are still experimenting with when and how to do it.

Sink Or Swim: Digital Publishers Need To Be Bold (Wired / Epicenter)
When the Financial Times decided to focus its digital model on subscriptions, the reception from commentators was skeptical to say the least. Fast-forward a few years, and the criticism has melted away. With 270,000 digital subscribers and close to one-third of its revenues coming from digital, the FT's impossible plan for paid content online is now a success.

Are Bloggers Really Journalists? Not If They Ask For Money (Forbes)
Crystal Cox, the self-described "investigative blogger," will not get a new trial, and previously unreported facts in the case -- revealed by the judge -- suggest that her claim of journalistic protection was undeserved.

Real Anchors Pumped For Anchorman 2 (B&C)
Ron Burgundy, Will Ferrell's unforgettably egotistical empty suit from the 2004 hit film Anchorman, represented a stinging satire of local news anchors. Yet San Diego's classiest anchor has some hardcore fans in some unlikely places -- local TV newsrooms around the country.

Mommy Madam Named New York Post Editor Col Allan On Wiretap (NY Observer)
There's one intriguing scoop in the ongoing saga of the "Soccer Mom Madam," Anna Gristina, that you're not likely to read about in the New York Post.

THR Adds London-Based International Business Editor (FishbowlLA)
Here is about as plum an assignment as imaginable within the quadrangle of Hollywood trades. Beginning April 10, current Hollywood Reporter New York bureau chief and business editor Georg Szalai will re-up in London as international business editor.

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