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NY Daily News Editor Colin Myler Under Scrutiny Over News Of The World Allegations (The Guardian)
Colin Myler's editorship of the New York Daily News has come under renewed scrutiny following allegations that he attempted to intimidate members of the UK Parliament investigating phone hacking at the News of the World at the time he led the now-defunct tabloid. FishbowlNY Myler allegedly asked a group of six reporters to find whatever "dirt" they could on those probing the paper, such as if they were doing anything illegal themselves, or if they were gay. Capital New York When Myler flew over from England back in January to start a new job as editor-in-chief of the Daily News, he didn't mind (in the British press, anyway) fueling the idea that he was going to war with competing hometown tabloid (and News Corp. title) the New York Post.

Terry Press, Wolfgang Hammer Named Presidents Of CBS Films (
Terry Press and Wolfgang Hammer have been named the new co-presidents of CBS Films by CBS CEO Les Moonves. Deadline New York Press will oversee creative, distribution, marketing and physical production for CBS Films. Hammer will oversee all business, finance, legal affairs and acquisitions, including films the division finances, co-finances or acquires as finished product. LA Times The West Los Angeles mini-studio, which has about 50 employees, has been without an official leader since former president Amy Baer was pushed out in September. Soon after Baer's departure, CBS Corp. chief executive Moonves said that although three of his film unit's first five releases had broken even, "They aren't movies that I'm proud of."

Netflix Added 3 Million Online Subscribers In Quarter, But Expects Slower Growth (NYT / Media Decoder)
Netflix said on Monday that it finished the first quarter with nearly three million more streaming subscribers than it had started with, showing continued interest from Internet users despite the company's missteps last year. LA Times The Los Gatos, Calif., video subscription company reported a net loss of $5 million on revenue of $870 million in the first three months of 2012, compared with a profit of $68 million on $789 million in revenue during the same period last year. Netflix's losses were caused by its rapidly expanding international operation, which sucked $103 million out of the company's bottom line. AdAge / MediaWorks The company said it added 1.74 million new U.S. online subscribers in the first quarter, a much faster rate of growth than in the fourth quarter, for a total of 23.4 million streaming customers in the U.S. But it warned that customer growth may slow. TechCrunch Netflix's streaming selection took a substantial hit earlier this year when their four-year licensing deal with Starz finally expired, and it was feared that the loss of content could affect the growth of their streaming subscriber base, but that doesn't seem to have been the case -- there has been "no discernible change in churn or viewing levels" since the deal expired.

Sun-Times Names Kirk Editor In Chief (Crain's Chicago Business)
Jim Kirk, chief of editorial operations at Crain's Chicago Business, has been named editor in chief of Sun-Times Media Holdings LLC. In his new role, Kirk will oversee all of the company's publications, including its flagship Chicago Sun-Times as well as its 40 suburban papers and digital properties. Chicago Tribune Kirk was plucked from Crain's Chicago Business, which he joined last year as chief of editorial operations.

Media CEOs: Who Were The Most Overpaid In 2011? (Forbes)
Sirius XM's Mel Karmazin may be the most overpaid CEO in the media business, but he's got some company.

Atlantic Makes Another Business Site Hire (Adweek)
The Atlantic Media Co. has made another key hire for its forthcoming global business brand. Michael Donohue will be the product engineering director for the still-unnamed, digital-only vertical that's slated to launch later this year.

Ryan Seacrest To Remain As Host Of American Idol (NYT / Media Decoder)
The Fox network said Monday evening that Ryan Seacrest had agreed to continue hosting the nation's most popular reality television show, American Idol. THR / Idol Worship As he hinted during an interview on NBC's Today show this month, Seacrest will remain with the singing competition show he's hosted since its launch in 2002. He has inked a two-year pact, which will pay him $15 million annually. The news comes as Idol, now in its 11th season, has seen its ratings post double-digit declines, down more than 20 percent in total viewers compared with a year earlier.

Are You A Young Dude Interested In News? All Else Equal, This Study Says You're A Top Paywall Target (Nieman Journalism Lab)
Here's a biggie: How do you get someone to pay for online news? A new study out of the University of Texas develops a theoretical model to begin answering that question.

Former Daily Herald Columnist Bill Granger Dies (Chicago Daily Herald)
For Bill Granger, life was a collection of stories that needed telling. Whether he was writing a thoughtful Sunday magazine piece, penning one of his 28 books, critiquing a new TV show, pounding out a hardscrabble newspaper column on deadline on an old typewriter or just spinning a tale from an even older bar stool, Granger was a storyteller. Chicago Sun-Times Granger died Sunday at the Manteno Veterans Home, where he had lived since 2002. He was 70. He had suffered a series of strokes starting when he was about 58 that affected his memory and health, said his wife and sometime co-author, Lori.

Bombs Away! Web Ads Miss Their Target, All The Time (AllThingsD)
Everyone knows that half of all advertising dollars are wasted. And everyone knows that the Internet fixes that, because digital advertisers can spend money getting their messages to the people they want to reach. Except that's not true at all: The Web offers advertisers a slew of creepily effective targeting mechanisms, but they only work for some stuff, some of the time.

YouTube Launches Advertiser Playbook, Gives Away $50 Million In Free Advertising (SocialTimes)
YouTube is making a major push to attract advertisers to the site and, to that end, are launching some new initiatives designed to help businesses get into the world of advertising on YouTube. HuffPost Google AdWords for video will offer several ways for a business' advertisements to gain visibility and micro-target users who show interest in their products or industry. Combining YouTube with the Google Display Network, which includes millions of websites, allows brands to decide whether they want to pay to have their content searchable by a specific keyword or in connection with common interests or searches. NYT / Media Decoder For start-ups and other small businesses, having a potential audience the size of the Super Bowl's without paying Super Bowl ad prices is an attractive proposition. To entice advertisers to create their own ads and buy ad space, YouTube is offering $50 million in free advertising to 500,000 companies. Companies that are new to YouTube AdWords will receive a $75 credit toward advertising on the site.

Sean Fennessey Leaves GQ For Grantland (FishbowlNY)
Sean Fennessey is leaving GQ for a position with Grantland, the site founded by Bill Simmons.

Jeremy Gaines Leaves MSNBC For Gannett (TVNewser)
After 14 years with MSNBC, Jeremy Gaines is leaving the NBC news channel and joining McLean, Va.-based Gannett, where he will head up corporate communications for the 30,000-employee company which includes 82 daily newspapers, 23 TV stations,, and more. NYT / Media Decoder Gaines, who spent five years in the Clinton administration in media relations before joining MSNBC 14 years ago, was most recently the vice president of corporate communications for MSNBC. He managed public perceptions as the channel, once an afterthought on cable, became best known for the liberal opinions of Keith Olbermann, Rachel Maddow and other point-of-view hosts.

Prevention Names Lori Burgess As Publisher (Adweek)
Rodale's Prevention has named Lori Burgess as its new publisher, replacing Laura Petasnick, who left in March for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia after a year and a half on the job.

Oklahoma City's KOCO Shuffles Morning Anchors (TVSpy)
Oklahoma City's KOCO is shaking up the weekday morning anchor team.

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