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George Zimmerman Charged With Second-Degree Murder (TVNewser)
The cable networks went into overdrive Wednesday evening with the news that George Zimmerman was in police custody and charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin. Fox News, MSNBC, and CNN carried the remarks from Angela Corey, the special prosecutor in the case. Poynter / MediaWire Corey praised journalists during the news conference. "It is regrettable that so many facts and details got released and misconstrued," Corey said Wednesday evening. "But we hope that -- and the media has helped, toning it down a lot and making sure that people understand Florida law and the process. And we hope that people will continue to do that." Mashable This is how the news broke, as seen on Twitter.

Patch Editor-In-Chief Brian Farnham Is Out (Business Insider / Silicon Alley Insider)
Patch editor-in-chief Brian Farnham is leaving the company, he told staffers on an all-hands call. FishbowlNY In February, Patch hired Rachel Fishman Feddersen as its chief content officer, with Farnham becoming essentially the No. 2 person in the editorial team. The company has been the subject of intense media scrutiny over the past few months, much of it negative. Nevertheless, AOL says it remains committed to the company and its mission. / Media Alley A Patch spokeswoman said that no one would replace Farnham. "We couldn't if we tried," she said. Patch Blog Farnham: "Allow me this indulgence of a paragraph: I've never worked for a company that has been as scrutinized, criticized, and coal-raked as this one. As Jon likes to say, you'd think we were creating toxic waste, instead of, you know, free useful information. We have critics on Wall Street, critics in the media, local critics, national critics, the business press, the journalism reviews, bloggers, etc. There are so many that I've come to think of them as a single large, screechy, off-key band called BI and the Haters. It's music to kill yourself by."

ABC Keeps General Hospital On, Cancels The Revolution, Adds GMA Afternoon Show For Summer (Deadline Hollywood)
For the following nine weeks, starting July 9 until Katie premieres Sept. 10, ABC will air a special Good Morning America-branded hour-long show alongside General Hospital and The Chew. Details about new program, tentatively titled GMA in the Afternoon, are still being finalized, but it is expected to be generally broader and lighter than the regular GMA unless there is a breaking story, which the afternoon show will jump on. TVNewser TVNewser hears Josh Elliott and Lara Spencer will likely be the lead hosts, along with Sam Champion and other GMA anchors and contributors. The existing GMA staff will produce the third, afternoon hour.

Hi Roger. It's Me, Joe: The Fox Mole (Gawker)
Hi. My name is Joe Muto. I was the Fox Mole. TVNewser The Fox News employee hired by Gawker to write about his experience inside the network has revealed himself as an associate producer on The O'Reilly Factor. Muto, who joined Fox News in 2004, says he has been suspended, with pay, and was escorted out of Fox News headquarters Wednesday by "two nice gentlemen from security." Mediaite A Fox News spokesperson updated Mediaite with these new developments: "Joe Muto is fired effective April 12. Once the network determined that Muto was the main culprit in less than 24 hours, he was suspended late Wednesday while we pursued concurrent avenues. We are continuing to explore legal recourse against Muto and possibly others." THR At THR's 35 Most Powerful People in Media event in New York Wednesday, FNC chief Roger Ailes had choice words for Gawker, which has long been a critic of his channel. "What is Gawker? Is that that pornographic website?" he asked. "I don't care if they have a mole because we aren't doing anything wrong, so it doesn't matter…they hate me because I make money and I do it legitimately, and they don't like my politics, and that's America."

Magazines' First-Quarter-2012 Ad Revenues Were Down 4.2 Percent (minOnline)
The Association of Magazine Media (MPA) released first-quarter Publishers Information Bureau-compiled advertising data for 211 magazines.

How Matt Lauer Became The Leader Of The Pack (THR)
It's war in the mornings as the Today host opens up about his new reported $25 million-per-year deal, a move that (most likely) keeps the NBC juggernaut on top, inspired a strange delivery by Good Morning America, and has the industry marveling over how one man alone has altered the landscape of TV news. TVNewser Actor Alec Baldwin, who stars in NBC comedy 30 Rock, took shots at another NBC program on Twitter Wednesday morning. Baldwin has been dealing with a stalker, and it has made international headlines. In response, a number of journalists have been staked outside of his New York apartment, including, apparently, NBC's Today.

MSNBC's POV Metamorphosis: How A Cable News Network Is Becoming A Cable POV Network (Inside Cable News)
By the end of 2010, MSNBC had established a solid POV block from 5 p.m.-11 p.m. and had the equally successful POV Morning Joe airing from 6 a.m.-9 a.m. Dayside had reverted to straight news after sustaining a radical wholesale quasi-POV overhaul in mid-2009, which didn't work out as planned. But while MSNBC president Phil Griffin told the AP in December 2009 that MSNBC was going back to "more aggressive headline and information programming," by early 2010, the reimplemented straight news dayside had ratings issues. By May, Mediaite's Steve Krakauer wrote that MSNBC was on a path to its worst dayside demo year since 1999.

Ornery In The Morning (NYT Magazine)
Mika Brzezinski: "I spent 20 years trying to be perky like the beauty queens on TV, and none of it ever worked. It was bad television, because it wasn't real. So, yeah, I'm kind of like the bitter housewife."

A Buffet Of Magazines On A Tablet (NYT)
Few words fire up the happiness transmitters in your brain more than "free." But "flat-fee unlimited" comes close.

Spotify Play Button Launches With Spin, People, Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone (Folio:)
Digital music service provider Spotify launched its Play Button Wednesday with a handful of influential magazine brands signed on as partners.

NBC Launches 2012 Election Foursquare Badges (Mashable)
Social-media-savvy fans of politics are about to add a new set of foursquare badges to their collection, thanks to NBC Politics.

Bay Citizen Ends Publishing Relationship With The Times (NYT / Media Decoder)
The Bay Citizen, an online news organization that has provided reporting from San Francisco and the surrounding area for The New York Times since 2010, has ended its relationship with the paper.

Phone-Hacking Scandal Comes To The U.S. (Daily Beast)
Fleet Street lawyer Mark Lewis is coming to America this week -- and he's bringing the phone-hacking scandal with him.

'Since When Does Tanking A Company Rate A Bonus?' (
In late March, Lee Enterprises CEO Mary Junck and chief financial officer Carl Schmidt were given six-figure bonuses for refinancing the newspaper chain's considerable debt. At the same time, Lee was laying off journalists at several of its papers. On Thursday, St. Louis Post-Dispatch employees are protesting the company's actions at what's been billed a "Let Them Eat Cake" event.

Condé Nast Entertainment Adds Two Executives (FishbowlNY)
Condé Nast Entertainment has added Jeremy Steckler and Michael Klein to lead the production of film and TV projects from its portfolio of brands. AdAge / MediaWorks Steckler was most recently executive vice president of production at Imagine Entertainment, where he oversaw production and development for movies and TV-to-film adaptation. He was previously senior VP of production at Fox Searchlight. Klein was senior VP of programming and development at Sundance Channel. Adweek Along with the new hires, Condé Nast's in-house production department, which creates video content for the company's websites and advertising clients, is moving out of chief technology officer Joe Simon's group and into Dawn Ostroff's. AllThingsD Condé Nast hasn't gone shopping for digital assets for several years. But that's changing now: The magazine publisher has just picked up ZipList, a shopping list/recipe planner. paidContent The aim of ZipList has always been to work with the big food media brands, powering their digital recipe boxes and grocery list apps. Now it gets to work closely with one of the biggest food brands of them all, Condé Nast. WWD / Memo Pad ZipList has 6,500 partners, and now Condé Nast -- or, more specifically, Epicurious, Bon Appétit, and Gourmet Live -- is its biggest client.

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