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Key Murdoch Aide Rebekah Brooks To Be Prosecuted In Hacking Case (NYT)
British prosecutors said on Tuesday that Rebekah Brooks, a former key aide to tycoon Rupert Murdoch and onetime close friend of Prime Minister David Cameron, will face prosecution along with her husband and four others for perverting the course of justice in the hacking scandal that has burrowed into British public life. The Guardian She faces three charges of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, including the alleged removal of seven cases of material from the archive of News International and the alleged concealment of documents and computers from officers investigating phone hacking. WSJ Prosecutors also charged her husband, Charles Brooks; her former assistant; her chauffeur; and two men who provided security for Rebekah Brooks. Poynter / MediaWire Brooks was arrested in March as part of the Metropolitan Police Service (a.k.a. Scotland Yard)'s "Operation Weeting" inquiry, one of three inquiries into allegations connected with phone-hacking at The News of the World. The Daily Beast The arrest and indictment for conspiracy to follow the course of justice follow a previous arrest, last July, only two days after Brooks resigned from News International. She is still being investigated for suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications -- phone-hacking -- and corruption allegations in regard to payments to police officers.

CNN Trying To Poach ABC's Jake Tapper (FishbowlDC)
CNN is trying to lure ABC News senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper away from ABC. FishbowlDC has learned that executive vice president and managing editor for CNN Worldwide Mark Whitaker and CNN senior vice president Amy Entelis have been making serious overtures to Tapper and his reps. FishbowlDC Here's what Tapper had to say. TVNewser ABC News SVP Jeffrey Schneider: "Hardly surprised to read about all kinds of poachers being interested in Jake Tapper -- that's what happens when you are at the top of your profession. We are thrilled Jake works for ABC News and expect him to have a leadership role here for a long time to come." HuffPost Tapper is still under contract with ABC News, though that does not prevent other networks from talking to him about new opportunities. Mediaite CNN has struggled to make ratings gains in a crowded cable news market, and Tapper would, indeed, be a "game changer" whose journalistic chops would enhance the just-the-facts brand that the network cultivates.

USA Today Names Larry Kramer Publisher (Politico / Dylan Byers On Media)
Gannett announced Monday that it has appointed MarketWatch founder Larry Kramer president and publisher of USA Today, effective immediately. FishbowlNY Kramer most recently worked as a consultant and an adjunct professor at Syracuse's Newhouse School of Communications. TheWrap.com Kramer, the founder of MarketWatch and former president of CBS Digital Media, will oversee the USA Today newspaper and its Sports Media Group, among other properties. paidContent It's a sign that Gannett is serious about moving ahead in digital while making the most of its print roots. Kramer will report to CEO Gracia Martore and will be responsible for every facet of Gannett's troubled flagship publication. Poynter / MediaWire USA Today is the country's second most widely-read newspaper, based on the most recent figures, with total average daily circulation of 1,829,099, a change of -.64 percent compared to the same period a year before. Adweek Kramer, who is a veteran journalist as well as media executive, spoke with Adweek about his plans for a new news distribution model, content verticals, and his unconventional new office location. JimRomenesko.com Martore: "Larry spent two decades as a journalist, holding reporter and editor roles at The Washington Post and the San Francisco Examiner, where he served as executive editor for five years. He has received several awards for reporting, including the National Press Club Award, The Associated Press Award for news writing and The Gerald Loeb award for business reporting, and his staffs have been awarded two Pulitzer Prizes."

CNN To Launch 'CNN Films' Features Banner (TVNewser)
CNN is planning to launch a new feature film banner called CNN Films that will develop "tentpole" non-fiction films for television and theatrical release.

Steiger To Step Down As ProPublica's Editor (NYT / Media Decoder)
Paul E. Steiger, the former longtime managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, will step down at the end of the year as the editor in chief and chief executive of ProPublica, the nonprofit investigative news organization that he started nearly five years ago. FishbowlNY Steiger is going to take on the role of executive chairman, and Stephen Engelberg, currently the site's managing editor, will succeed him. Additionally, Richard Tofel, ProPublica's general manager, will become president. Both Engelberg and Tofel will share the CEO role.

Fact-Checking DigiTimes, The Taiwanese Apple Rumor Source That Keeps Crying 'Wolf!' (Time / Techland)
For years, DigiTimes has been a high-profile rumormonger when it comes to upcoming Apple products, usually crediting its gossip to the Asian component makers who supply Apple with bits and pieces of technology. Its stories get covered widely -- sometimes by writers who pause to express a certain degree of doubt, and sometimes by ones who don't. But the thing is, DigiTimes isn't just wrong some of the time. When it comes to the big Apple stories, it's wrong most of the time. Sometimes wildly so.

Twitter Brings Its Best To Your Inbox With New Email Service (VentureBeat)
Twitter wants to bring the best of your timeline directly to your email inbox. AllTwitter It appears Twitter has found a use for Summify, the popular social media summary tool it acquired in January of this year. Mashable The summary will include tweets and links that are likely to be important to you based on what the people who you follow share. It will also include the "most engaging" tweets and stories those people saw in their own feeds, if they retweet or favorite them. LA Times / Tech Now The feature is described as being similar to Twitter's "Discover" tab found on the top bar, which the social network redesigned earlier this month. NY Observer / BetaBeat "Finally!" said no one. A week is a long time to wait for tweets to be delivered.

Jesse Angelo Says Things At His iPad News App, The Daily, Are 'Going Great' (Capital New York)
About two weeks ago, The Daily embarked on a bid to expand its mobile readership by launching an iPhone edition. How's that been going so far for the 15-month-old News Corp. tablet tabloid?

NBC Executive Chafes At Commercial-Skipping DVR And Nielsen's Rating System (NYT / Media Decoder)
The chairman of NBC Broadcasting, Ted Harbert, challenged the television industry on Monday to rethink its ratings measurements and criticized the Nielsen Company for being ineffectual in the face of technological advances. LA Times / Company Town "The gifts technology gives us also presents several challenges," Harbert said during NBC's presentation of its fall schedule to media buyers at Radio City Music Hall. "If we're going to spend all this money on content, it has to be measured and monetized with a demonstrable return on investment for you folks paying the bills." FierceCable Comcast has developed technology that would allow the nation's largest cable operator to deliver advertising to subscribers who skip commercials contained in TV shows recorded on a DVR, according to a U.S. patent application.

Gerald Loeb Award Finalists Announced (FishbowlNY)
The 2012 Gerald Loeb Award finalists have been announced. The awards celebrate excellence in business and financial journalism. BusinessWire The 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is Jerry Seib, deputy managing editor and Washington bureau chief at The Wall Street Journal.

They'll Do It Live: Inside Boston Sports Live, The Boston Globe's New Noon Sports Show (Nieman Journalism Lab)
"Where's Gasper? We might need him." There's an empty chair where Christopher Gasper should be. It's at a news desk set against a green screen in the studio where Boston Sports Live will go on the air at noon in about 15 minutes. This studio is inside The Boston Globe -- just off the newsroom, to be exact, and Gasper, a sportswriter, is probably somewhere between his other desk and this one.

At The Times, A Letter To Sulzberger Asks Him To 'Reconsider' Firing Beloved Media Lawyer George Freeman (Capital New York)
A week after the beloved New York Times assistant general counsel George Freeman lost his job in a round of layoffs, nearly 60 Times journalists put their names to a letter to publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. asking him to "reconsider" the decision.

ESPN.com Wants To Go Legit (Adweek)
ESPN has long avoided using ad networks, exchanges, or anybody else but its own sales staff to sell its digital inventory, which it views as premium. Now, to further draw a distinction between ESPN.com and the rest of the Web's long, scary tail, the company wants to prove to buyers that its ad inventory is worth a whole lot more -- namely because human beings can actually see it.

Former ONN Reporter Dies After Fight With Cancer (Ohio News Network)
Brian McIntyre, former ONN Cleveland Bureau reporter, has died after his battle with cancer. He was 42. TVSpy McIntyre spent most of his broadcasting career covering the news in his hometown of Cleveland, first with WEWS and last with local cable news station ONN. He also worked at WBNS in Columbus and WNWO in Toledo. WEWS TV / NewsNet 5 He most recently served as community relations specialist for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

YouTube's Video Views Are Falling -- By Design (AdAge / Digital)
YouTube is getting smaller in a metric that used to mean everything: views. Since December, views on YouTube have dropped 28 percent, and March views are only slightly above what they were a year ago, startling for a site accustomed to breakneck growth.

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