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George Entwistle Named Next BBC Director General (BBC News)
George Entwistle has been named the new director general of the BBC. NYT The BBC said Entwistle, the head of its television operations, would take over as director general in the autumn, succeeding Mark Thompson. Entwistle has worked at the BBC since he joined in 1989 as a broadcast journalism trainee. The Telegraph More recently, Entwistle has done stints as controller of knowledge, a position which put him in charge of all of the BBC's factual programs and at the heart of the corporation's fractious internal politics. He is currently controller of BBC Vision, heading up all of the BBC's television and online output. Daily Mail He won a fiercely-contested race to take command of the license-fee funded broadcaster. The others on the final shortlist were the BBC's chief operating officer Caroline Thomson, who is now expected to leave, Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards and a fourth, unknown, candidate. Many had predicted that the BBC Trust would appoint an external candidate to shake things up at the broadcaster. WSJ One of Entwistle's primary tasks will be to secure new public funding in 2016. The corporation's current agreement with the British government sets the terms for its roughly £3.5 billion in annual funding, which comes from mandatory licenses U.K. households must buy to watch TV. In 2010, the BBC and the government agreed to retain household licenses at £145.50 -- but only if the broadcaster cut costs.

A Year After Milly Dowler Scandal, There Is No End In Sight To Phone Hacking Crisis (HuffPost)
"News of the World hacked Milly Dowler's phone during police hunt." A year ago Wednesday, the world was shocked by that headline in the Guardian. It was the headline that turned Rupert Murdoch's phone hacking scandal from a local irritant to an international catastrophe, and kicked off a crisis that has shown no signs of slowing down. Politico / AP A private investigator convicted of hacking phones for a Murdoch-owned tabloid must reveal who at the newspaper ordered him to do it, Britain's Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.

Chicago Sun-Times Ends Journatic Relationship As Dozens Of Fake Bylines Discovered At More Papers (Poynter / MediaWire)
Just days after This American Life reported on outsourcing company Journatic, two of its news organization clients have announced plans to stop working with the company. The Chicago Sun-Times, Houston Chronicle and San Francisco Chronicle join the Chicago Tribune in reporting that hyperlocal content provider Journatic slapped false bylines on real estate stories that ran in their paper. Chicago Tribune Founded in 2006, Chicago-based Journatic employs about 140 overseas contract workers, mostly in the Philippines, who gather information online and then format it for more than 200 U.S.-based writers and editors, including 60 full-time staffers. The company provides editorial content for a number of newspaper groups and also owns, which publishes real estate news. GigaOM Is faking hyperlocal content the answer? Probably not. But it's also true that most newspapers can't afford to continue producing a lot of the kind of content that Journatic generated.

Getty Draws Initial Bids In Auction Of $4 Billion (WSJ)
The auction for a potential sale of Getty Images Inc. has progressed to the second round, with several private-equity firms putting in initial bids of around $4 billion, people familiar with the matter said. Reuters While several private equity firms, such as Bain Capital LLC, have balked at Hellman & Friedman LLC's $3.5 billion to $4 billion price expectations, other buyout groups, including KKR & Co LP and TPG Capital LP, are still in the process. Hellman, which bought a majority stake in Getty in 2008 in a $2.4 billion deal, tapped Goldman Sachs Group Inc and JPMorgan Chase & Co to examine a possible sale or public offering, a person close to the matter told Reuters in May.

Would You Drop Out For A Chance To Move Up? (TVNewser)
CNBC is partnering with billionaire investor and Silicon Valley legend Peter Thiel as he searches for the next Edison, Jobs or Zuckerberg.

Ex-Politico White House Correspondent Joe Williams Pleaded Guilty To Assaulting Ex-Wife (FishbowlDC)
It turns out there's another side to Joe Williams, the White House correspondent and former college football player who recently parted ways with Politico. On May 24 of this year, he pleaded guilty to second-degree assault against his ex-wife, paid a $200 fine and received six months of probation.

Netflix: 1 Billion Hours Watched In June (VentureBeat)
Netflix viewership passed 1 billion hours in a month for the first time ever, according to a Facebook status update by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. "Congrats to Ted Sarandos, and his amazing content licensing team. Netflix monthly viewing exceeded 1 billion hours for the first time ever in June," Hastings wrote. "When House of Cards and Arrested Development debut, we'll blow these records away. Keep going, Ted, we need even more!" THR In January, Netflix said viewing in the final three months of 2011 had totaled more than 2 billion hours, but a rep for the company declined to provide the previous record. HuffPost / AP The rising usage of Netflix's Internet video service may turn out to be a mixed blessing as the company phases out its DVD-by-mail rental service to focus on its goal of building a lucrative franchise in Internet-streamed video. Bloomberg Last month, Netflix said it is testing a redesign of its website that separates movie viewing options from its growing television catalog. TechCrunch BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield extrapolated that data and declared Netflix the "most viewed cable network on television." It's an imperfect comparison for a number of reasons, in part due to the number of accounts that Netflix subscribers share per household. But it's indicative of the shift in attention that's occurring, as viewers begin to watch less broadcast and cable television, and move toward on-demand shows that are streamed online.

New York Times Interviewing Finalists For Public Editor Job (Poynter / MediaWire)
The New York Times has narrowed its pool of candidates for the public editor position and hopes to make an announcement by the end of July, said Glenn Kramon, assistant managing editor for enterprise. FishbowlNY The person selected for the job will succeed Arthur Brisbane, who is leaving the Times in September.

Facebook, GM Talk New Friendship (WSJ)
General Motors Co. and Facebook Inc. are in talks to bring the auto maker back as a paid advertiser, two months after a high-profile falling out, people close to both companies said. THR In May, GM global marketing chief Joel Ewanick said that there was no proof that paid ads on Facebook had an impact on consumers' car purchases, prompting GM to stop its ad spending with the network just days before Facebook's IPO. LA Times / Tech Now But since then other companies, including Coca-Cola, have gone to bat for Facebook and vouched for its importance in the advertising realm. AllFacebook One of GM's biggest domestic rivals -- Ford -- also came out in support of Facebook, saying that the ads are effective. NYT / Media Decoder GM is one of the world's largest advertisers, spending about $3 billion annually. It had advertised on Facebook since 2008 and was spending about $10 million for paid ads and an additional $30 million on managing and creating content for their brand pages. Reuters GM also announced in May it would not advertise in next year's Super Bowl because it was too expensive.

The Mainstream Media Overlooks A Supreme Court Scoop (CJR / Behind The News)
CBS' Jan Crawford says Chief Justice John Roberts flip-flopped on health care reform. Why aren't other outlets biting?

Teen's Petition Leads To Seventeen Body Image Pledge (Adweek)
Two months ago, 14-year-old Julia Bluhm of Waterville, Maine decided that she was tired of listening to her ballet classmates complain about their bodies, which weren't always as rail-thin or clear-skinned as those of the retouched models in their favorite magazines. So Bluhm, a member of SPARK (an organization that aims to end the sexualization of girls in media), started a petition on to ask Seventeen magazine to print one unaltered photo spread a month. And after collecting nearly 85,000 signatures, staging a demonstration outside of Seventeen's New York offices, launching a Twitter campaign, and meeting with editor in chief Ann Shoket, the teen magazine finally listened. NYT / Media Decoder Shoket wrote in the editor's letter in the August issue that the magazine had drafted what it called a Body Peace Treaty, after she heard from girls "who were concerned that we'd strayed from our promise to show real girls as they really are." She said the entire staff signed the eight-point pact, in which the magazine promises that it will "never change girls' body or face shapes" and will include only images of "real girls and models who are healthy."

'I Left Daily Journalism At Exactly The Right Time' ( / Paul Wilson)
Days like last Thursday make me think I left daily journalism at exactly the right time -- even though I did so without realizing it.

Save Your Darlings: Blank On Blank Gives New Life To Old Tape (Nieman Journalism Lab)
As journalists, we are taught early to "kill your darlings." The material may be punchy, savory, heartbreaking, or hilarious, but if it's not necessary for the story -- or if it's redundant or tangential or in some other way doesn't fit -- don't use it, and get over it. David Gerlach wants to help you bring those forgotten interviews out of the shoebox (or the 2007 folder on your hard drive) and onto public radio, podcasts, mobile apps, YouTube, and other platforms. Forbes / Mixed Media Gerlach started Blank on Blank in 2010. Last month, he launched an appeal on Kickstarter to get out the word about it, asking users of the crowdfunding site to donate $10,000 and 30 interviews. Domain Quickly Turned Over To Apple's IP Lawyers Following Complaint (Fusible)
The domain is now in the hands of Apple's IP lawyers.

Inside Univision: A Look At The Rise Of Spanish-Language Newscasts (TVSpy)
In his eight years as general manager of WXTV in New York, Ramon Pineda has seen major growth within the Univision station's core demographic. As the U.S. Hispanic population continues to expand, the station has experienced a major spike in ratings; during the most recent sweeps period, WXTV posted some of its strongest numbers ever, particularly among younger viewers.

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