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Tuesday, May 19

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06_networks_lgl copy.jpgABC, Fox and CBS Present Their Upcoming Lineups (NYT)
Broadcast television is hitting the fast-forward button on its annual upfront week, as the schedules of three of the five big networks are already becoming known. ABC, CBS, and Fox are notifying advertisers -- officially and unofficially -- about their programming plans for the 2009-10 season. USAT: ABC is banking on star-driven comedies and big-event dramas to bolster its lineup as its still-popular top dramas show signs of aging. WSJ: Fox's new shows include four comedies, two dramas, and one late-night show.

FTC to Take on Paid Blog Content (BusinessWeek)
Back-scratching endorsements could become tougher under a coming set of Federal Trade Commission guidelines that will require bloggers to disclose when they're writing about a sponsor's product and voicing opinions that aren't their own.

Fox Wants Answers From Nielsen (Variety)
Fox Networks Group chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra is taking on ratings giant Nielsen Media Research. Vinciquerra is frustrated by Nielsen's recent admission that its TV ratings may be off by as much as 8 percent -- and believes the company isn't acting promptly to correct the problem.

The New York Times Launches Full-Screen Photo Blog (PDN)
After more than a year in development, The New York Times launched a large-format photo blog Monday to showcase photojournalism projects. Lens, as the new blog is called, joins a growing field of sites that showcase photo projects that might not be able to find a home in print.

Without Foreign Coverage, We Miss More Than News (CSM)
Andrew Strohlein: The shrinking of news from the far reaches of the globe is a problem only partially addressed by a few financially constrained news agencies and a couple of hopeful media upstarts with untried business models or limited audiences.

Chapter 11 and Newspapers: The End, or a Page-Turner? (E&P)
An unprecedented number of newspaper companies are filing for bankruptcy, And more filings are coming. Chapter 11 protection provides opportunities for reassessment and restructuring that many imperiled publishers can take advantage of, but for some, is it simply too late?

Having Confessed to Plagiarism, MoDo Almost Sets Things Right (Slate)
Jack Shafer: That New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd plagiarized Josh Marshall of Talking Points Memo cannot be denied. Bad, Dowd, bad -- deserving of hard time in a pillory! Still, that said, Dowd has done several things accused plagiarists rarely do when apprehended, and for that, I commend her.

Ex-Fox News Gossip Reporter Joins Hollywood Reporter (THR)
Veteran entertainment reporter and columnist Roger Friedman is joining The Hollywood Reporter as a senior correspondent. Friedman will continue his online 24/7 ShowBiz411 blog -- which will now move to THR's stable of blogs. He'll also provide breaking news for and occasional longer pieces.

Ex-LAT Publisher Hiller Named Head of McCormick Foundation (Chicago Tribune)
David Hiller, a former publisher of the Chicago Tribune and Los Angeles Times, has been appointed chief executive of the non-profit McCormick Foundation. The charitable trust was formed after the death of Robert R. McCormick, the long-time publisher and editor of the Chicago Tribune.

Law & Order Renewed for Record-Tying 20th Season (THR)
Law & Order will match Gunsmoke's record 20-year run. NBC on Monday renewed Dick Wolf's veteran crime drama for a 20th season, sources said. The order is believed to be for 16 episodes.

AARP Shows Largest Growth in Readership, People Biggest Audience (Folio:)
With 43.6 million adult readers, People is once again the magazine title with the largest audience, according to Mediamark Research. AARP saw the largest readership growth, gaining more than 800,000 readers in the last six months and more than 1.3 million readers in the last year.

Newspapers Face Pressure in Selling Online Advertising (Marketwatch)
Media buyers say that if newspapers want to get their online revenue growing again, once the economy recovers, they have to tie ad rates more closely to results, charge less for ads, and provide Web content that readers can't get at every news aggregation site.

RDA Sees Widening Losses (Mediaweek)
Reader's Digest Association's losses ballooned in the first three months of 2009 as the company dealt with declines in consumer spending and advertising. The parent of iconic Reader's Digest revealed a $462 million net loss on revenue of $479.1 million in the quarter ended March 31.

Harvard Crimson Editors Fleeing Ravaged Profession (Bloomberg)
The Harvard Crimson has produced 12 Pulitzer Prize winners and prepared generations of journalists for newspaper careers during its 136 years. That wellspring of talent is drying up as just three of the 16 graduating seniors who were on the Crimson executive board are seeking positions in journalism.

Keeping it Honest in a Freelance World (SABEW)
Ew Wasserman: Among the big changes the news business is undergoing is a steady erosion of its fundamental reliance on full-time, salaried journalists. What's emerging in its place is an industry built on a patchwork of different working relationships.

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