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Time to Turn Over Documents (AP via NYT)
Time Inc. said Thursday it would comply with a court order to deliver the notes of a reporter threatened with jail in the investigation of the leak of an undercover CIA officer's name. WaPo: The reporters' attorneys have 48 hours to file documents explaining why they should not face prison. NYT: Novak sheds crocodile tears. LAT: Judge cites Nixon and Lewis Carroll. AP via USAT: Judge expressed skepticism that any new arguments would change his mind. CSM: Court's move has some journalists seeking legislative solutions, while others shun government involvement.

Large_NBC_logo.pngNBC Considering Merge of Network, Cable News (NYP)
The network is searching for an executive to run the combined operation—which would have a base in New Jersey—who would report to Jeff Zucker, president of the NBC Universal Television Group.

Meredith Corp. Trims G+J Staff (Mediaweek)
315 G+J staffers were offered permanent jobs, 75 employees were told that they could join Meredith on a temporary basis, and an additional 75 staffers were told there was no job for them at all. NYP: Susan Ungaro, who was EIC of Family Circle for 11 years, was among the most prominent names to get the ax.

What Could Possibly Be Offensive About That? (Reuters)
ABC has pulled an upcoming reality series in which people with various backgrounds vie to win a house in a white neighborhood, after gay and conservative watchdog groups raised concerns. NYT: Welcome to the Neighborhood was to be a summer replacement for the top-rated Desperate Housewives.

Ellen Up for Koppel's Spot? (Page Six)
Daytime talk show star Ellen DeGeneres has had secret meetings with ABC execs to fill the late-night void that Ted Koppel will create when he retires in December after 25 years as host of Nightline.

Iraqi Reporter Slain (Knight Ridder)
Yasser Salihee, an Iraqi special correspondent for Knight Ridder, was shot to death in Baghdad last Friday, apparently by a U.S. military sniper. E&P: Salihee was shot as his car neared a joint patrol of American and Iraqi troops who'd stopped to search a building for snipers.

Mailer Missive Returns to Sender (NYDN)
Lloyd Grove: Norman Mailer yesterday dive-bombed not only The New York Times but also a group of Asian-American journalists incensed over his strike on book critic Michiko Kakutani. Page Six: Mailer denounced Kakutani as a "kamikaze" and an "Asiatic, feminist. . . two-fer. . . token."

Stars Replace Pols in Cable Talk (WaPo)
Tina Brown: Celebrities are slowly becoming newsies. Sean Penn is a foreign correspondent. Brad Pitt can be booked as an old Africa hand. Tom Cruise can be tapped for pharmacology updates.

Online Media a Phoenix From the Ashes (LAT)
It turns out the dot-com crash may just have been the prologue. After licking their wounds, a rash of companies are again investing heavily to bring more audio and video to the Internet. NYP: Hoping to cash in on the renewed rush of investment in the Internet, CNET Networks is shopping itself. NYP: Google and Yahoo! move to position themselves to capture a larger piece of fast-growing local online ad revenues.

The Situation: All Cross, No Fire (NYT)
Alessandra Stanley: The newly minted MSNBC talk show, starring Tucker Carlson, has not taken the extra time to deepen the debate from his former show on CNN, Crossfire.

The Price of Public TV's Win (WaPo)
David Broder: The cuts required to offset the restoration of $100 million in public broadcasting funds came in large part out of the Labor Department's training and employment services programs. LA Weekly: Does the Republican crusade against PBS spell bedtime for Buster, wonders Doug Ireland.

World Press Tunes in to L.A. Mayor (LAT)
Antonio Villaraigosa will be sworn in as Los Angeles' first Latino mayor in 133 years, and he said he has received more than 1,500 interview requests.

Most SF Viewers Won't Get New Gay Channel (SF Chron)
MTV's Logo will be only available to DirecTV satellite service subscribers and to subscribers to RCN cable, which services a small number of Bay Area households.

Canadian Media Get Increased Freedom (Globe and Mail)
The Supreme Court of Canada gave press freedom a major boost yesterday, ruling that police search warrants should be open to scrutiny unless their exposure would cause genuine harm. Toronto Sun: Imprisoned Quebec woman loses bid to muzzle media upon her release.

All the President's Men II? (WaPo)
Robert Redford was spotted leaving Bob Woodward's Georgetown home yesterday with a copy of the journalist's new book, The Secret Man: The Story of Watergate's Deep Throat.

Press No Longer Smother Hubbard (Salon)
Joe Strupp: After years of conflict, Scientology and the media seem to have reached a truce. Is it because the church has become less confrontational—or because the press is scared?

Clear Channel Cuts Deal With New Times (SFBG)
One of the nation's largest media oligopolies has joined forces with the nation's largest alternative weekly chain to squeeze out an independently owned competitor.

Riled Pol Tags Time Graffiti Ad (NYDN)
An infamous graffiti artist busted numerous times by cops for vandalism is getting $20,000 from the newsweekly to tag up a SoHo advertising billboard in New York.

Blogs to Become Books (The Friday Project)
Paul Carr and Clare Christian have announced the launch of a new company which will specialize in turning the Internet's best-known brands into book form.

—David S. Hirschman


Insecticide at Fox News, Cont'd [TVNewser]
Exclusive: "If you're a Fox News Channel employee who has witnessed the misapplication of pesticides, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation wants to hear from you."

Tuesday Ratings for the Primetime Prez [TVNewser]
About 20 million viewers watched the President's Tuesday night address on network TV. Another 5 million caught it on cable news.

Matt & Judy: A Reprieve [FishbowlDC]
Bob Novak speaks to Inside Politics. "HENRY: ...Why is it that there are two reporters out there who may go to jail, Bob, but it doesn't appear that you are going to go to jail? NOVAK: Well, that's what I can't reveal until this case is finished. I hope it is finished soon. And when it does, I agree with Mr. Safire, I will reveal all in a column and on the air."

The Newest Media Mystery Blogger: JolieNYC [FishbowlNY]
Jolie writes mostly about celebrities (she has a Nick-and-Jessica breakup blog on the side that is both amusing and informative), but she also dishes on her life as a beauty editor, reminding us that the stiletto-happy halls of fashion & beauty mags are lined with swag. PLUS: Wednesday Lunch at Michael's: Mel Brooks edition.

Welcome Back, Mark Fuhrman! [FishbowlLA]
LA Voice notes that perjurous O.J. footnote Mark Fuhrman has written a book about the Schiavo case: Silent Witness: The Untold Story of Terri Schiavo's Death, in which Fuhrman doesn't quite accuse Michael Schiavo of causing his wife's accident, but "spends a great deal of time offering scenarios in which Michael Schiavo could have accidentally or intentionally contributed to his wife's collapse in 1990."

How to Write Proposals that Sell Nonfiction Books [mbToolbox]
mbToolbox's Claire Zulkey interviews New Hampshire author Barry Lenson. "I wrote my proposal using those guidelines and McGraw-Hill bought the book. In the years since, I have adapted the format recommended in those guidelines and have sold more than a dozen books to different publishers."

Do You Believe in Magic / In a Private's Heart [Galleycat]
U.S. Army wishlist: Harry Potter vs. Kevlar

Logo vs. Ogo [Unbeige]
Something looks incredibly familiar: MTV's Logo logo vis-a-vis Ogo's logo.

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