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Revolving Door: WNBC, WSJ on Pinterest, iPad Mags, and More

James Murdoch has resigned from another corporate board. [via]

WNBC has cancelled New York Live née LX New York, effective this fall.

Variety is for sale again.

The Wall Street Journal is using Pinterest for quotes. [via]

Mashable asks why magazines look so bad on the latest iPad.

CNN has cut dozens in its documentary unit. And Bloomberg TV has cut 30 from its staff in order to focus on digital.

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Revolving Door: AOL Layoffs, ‘New York’s New Design Mag, and More


James Murdoch has resigned from his role as executive chairman of News International, the UK publishing group that has been embroiled in the infamous phone-hacking scandal. In a statement from his dad, Rupert Murdoch says, “Now that he has moved to New York, James will continue to assume a variety of essential corporate leadership mandates, with particular focus on important pay-TV businesses and broader international operations.” However, shareholders want him gone all together. They may get their wish, as insiders say that it’s becoming increasingly difficult for James Murdoch to hang on while the scandal still unfolds. Reuters Peter Lauria breaks down the story above.

According to PandoDaily, AOL will layoff hundreds of employees next week, many in the hyperlocal Patch division.

New York magazine is launching a new publication focused on home design. New York Design Hunting will be published annually, coinciding with the International Contemporary Furniture Fair. Longtime design editor Wendy Goodman will lead the coverage.

James O’Keefe, a right-wing favorite who has launched attacks against Planned Parenthood, NPR, and the now-defunct liberal activist group ACORN, has filed a defamation lawsuit against Keith OlbermannCurrent TV, and their guest host David Shuster. The lawsuit alleges that O’Keefe was wrongfully labeled a “convicted felon” who had been accused of rape. O’Keefe has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge and was accused of harassment. The harassment charge was dropped. [via, via]

Whitney Houston has boosted magazine sales at the newsstand so much so that they’re going to continue putting her on the cover. Whitney Houston died on February 11.

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Revolving Door: Newspapers Down, Magazines Up; Changes at ABC; and More

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A new report from the USC Annenberg Center says that most newspapers will be gone in five years. But 239 magazines launched this year, up nearly a quarter from 2010.

Christiane Amanpour is leaving ABC‘s weekly news program This Week, though she is sticking around to contribute six ABC primetime specials per year, make ABC News appearances, and is launching a show on CNN International. George Stephanopoulos will be heading back to This Week, though many wanted to see Jake Tapper fill the job. For now, he’s just the substitute.

NBC is launching NBCLatino.com in 2012. Broadcasting & Cable says it’s the first broadcast network to launch a site that specifically targets Hispanics. CNNenEspanol.com launched in November. And NBC previously launched TheGrio.com, targeting Black audiences.

The NFL deals with Fox, NBC, and CBS will include more content across more platforms.

It was revealed this week that James Murdoch received an email indicating widespread hacking by News of the World reporters back in 2008, seeming to contradict Murdoch’s statements about when he learned of the activity. But he says he didn’t read the whole email chain. Really? [via The Guardian]

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Revolving Door: NYT’s Bits, NY Mag’s Price, James Murdoch, and More

The New York Times Bits blog has a new logo and lots of other changes like expanded coverage, new staffers, and a daily email newsletter.

The newsstand price of New York magazine is going up to $5.99.

Penn State rioters destroyed a WTAJ news van.

Members of Parliament were very tough with James Murdoch during his latest appearance before the culture, media, and sports committee.

Piers Morgan is stepping down from America’s Got Talent to focus on his CNN program.

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James Murdoch Gets ‘No Confidence’ Vote

The Murdochs kept their seats after the votes from News Corp.‘s Friday shareholders meeting were tallied. But James Murdoch got the most votes against his election, 35 percent. Some analysts say anything more than 25 percent is a no confidence vote.

Rupert Murdoch received only 14 percent negative votes. Rupert’s other son Lachlan didn’t fare very well either. So the Murdochs survive, but it doesn’t look good. An analysis in The Guardian says that it’s now unlikely that James will take over when his dad steps down.

Revolving Door: Kindle Fire, The Root, Andy Rooney, and More

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A slew of magazine publishers have signed on to Amazon’s new Kindle Fire device. Among the magazines that will appear on the tablet/”service” are Elle, Cosmopolitan, and GQ. Time Inc. still hasn’t signed on. The relationship between magazine publishers and Amazon could be as fraught as the one with Apple, GigaOm reports. But at $199, the Kindle Fire could set fire to tablet sales and consumption, Ad Age says. Kindle Fire will ship November 15.

ComScore has ranked The Washington Post‘s site The Root tops for African-American news for the past four months. The site has an average of 1.7 million unique monthly visitors and 13.5 million page views per month, according to The Root‘s press release.

TVNewser first reported on the end of Andy Rooney‘s regular 60 Minutes appearances a couple of days ago. CBS is now offering a “best of” page with a dozen entries from his 40 years with the network.

News Corp. investors want to see James Murdoch dropped from the company’s board. In other News Corp. news, “The Daily,” the company’s much-ballyhooed iPad-only publication is pulling in less than a quarter of the 500,000 readers Murdoch said it would have.

Lisa Belkin, a longtime New York Times writer, is heading to the Huffington Post. Belkin covered parenting issues, and wrote for the magazine and the Motherlode blog. Tim O’Brien, Peter Goodman, and Tom Zeller have also left for HuffPo recently.

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Revolving Door: TechCrunch Outrage, ‘The Guardian’ in the U.S., and More

Readers and members of the media went ballistic called a foul when TechCrunch published a glowing review of Bitcasa, a company backed by Michael Arrington’s new CrunchFund. “This reads like a press release,” said one reader. [via The Atlantic Wire]

The Guardian is here. There’s a new website, Nick Davies is joining from the U.K., and Ana Marie Cox is on board from the U.S.

Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP, supports the launch of another Sunday U.K. paper to replace the now-defunct News of the World. However, readers shouldn’t expect Sun on Sunday until 2012 and Mail on Sunday has not gotten past the planning stages just yet. [via The Guardian]

Speaking of News Corp., James Murdoch will be recalled to testify before a parliamentary panel after discrepancies were found between his previous testimony and new evidence in the phone hacking scandal. And shareholders have filed an amended lawsuit against the company claiming it knew about “widespread misconduct.” Yikes and double yikes.

New York Times restaurant critic Sam Sifton is now the national editor for the paper.

Abigail Pesta, Marie Claire editor-at-large, has joined Newsweek and The Daily Beast as editorial director for Women in the World, which has an annual summit and foundation. The group will be adding editorial content across The Daily Beast website. [via The Observer]

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Revolving Door: More Murdoch News, An ‘InStyle’ App, and More

Sources  in the know are murmuring about the possibility that James Murdoch will step out of the picture at News Corp. During his appearance on the earnings conference call last week, Rupert Murdoch said COO Chase Carey was his right-hand man, seeding the idea that Murdoch is not next in line to the top. News Corp. denies this. Arrests related to the phone hacking scandal continue and a letter has surfaced indicating that those in charge knew hacking was happening. [via Reuters]

InStyle has launched a mobile pop-up store for iPhone and Android users. [via Mashable]

The Huffington Post re-introduces Stylist.com. But AOL is still having issues.

Speaking of The Huffington Post, they’ve got a big update on Capital New York, a New York-centric site that’s got new reporters and funding.

And PRWeek is looking for a new news editor.

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Murdoch to Speak on News Corp. Earnings Call

News this morning is that Rupert Murdoch will be making an appearance on the News Corp. earnings call today tomorrow, the first in about a year.

The big issue will be succession, particularly following last month’s appearance before a parliamentary committee, which left some questioning the heir-apparent James Murdoch.

“Rupert Murdoch is expected to acknowledge some of the recent troubles in his prepared remarks, but he will not issue a new ‘mea culpa’ like the one he gave to the British parliament, according to the person familiar with the planning. The source was not permitted to talk publicly on the matter,” writes Reuters. We wonder who gave that statement.

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Are Wendi Deng and Rebekah Brooks Getting Unfair Media Treatment?

While Rupert Murdoch has been criticized for his reaction to the years-long phone-hacking scandal, Wendi Deng Murdoch has continued to get a lot of positive media scrutiny after thwarting a pie-slinging protester. In China, they’re calling her a “national role model,” with some writing on Chinese social networks that she has improved the image of the Chinese wife. The British papers praised her. CNN has profiled her.

Rebekah Brooks, known for her mane of red hair, among other things, could only hope for such positive coverage.

But whether positive or negative, the coverage has prompted The Globe and Mail to ask whether the women involved in this mess are being treated unfairly by the media.

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