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In a Blurry World, Ownership Is Yesterday’s News

from NYTs IT is hard to find any public policy question that feels less relevant by the minute than whether one person or company should be permitted to own television stations and newspapers in the same market. Rules barring cross-ownership went into effect in 1975 but were overturned by the Federal Communications Commission three years […]

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How Did Newspapers Land in This Mess?

from NYTs POOR FitzSimons — he’s got it coming at him from all directions,” Scott N. Flanders was telling me the other day. “There is zero amount of money that would have me trade places with him, not even for Eric Schmidt’s compensation package at Google.” Mr. Flanders is chief executive of Freedom Communications, the […]

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Murdoch’s Mission to China

from BW Online Wendi Deng, who’s married to News Corp. (NWS ) Chairman Rupert Murdoch, is up to some high-level international diplomacy. At least that’s what Murdoch told attendees of a Goldman Sachs (GS ) conference on Sept. 20, according to press accounts of the remarks. Deng was in China negotiating a joint venture that […]

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At Los Angeles Times, a Civil Executive Rebellion

from NYTs After Jeffrey M. Johnson, the publisher of The Los Angeles Times, openly defied his bosses at the Tribune Company last week by refusing to make layoffs at the paper, he was summoned to Chicago and spent Tuesday meeting with top executives. The remarkable thing about the meeting, to Mr. Johnson’s colleagues back in […]

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Chuck D Lays Down the Law on DRM

from cNet News Digital rights management has its benefits, but should not overly restrict users, according to musician and mobile entrepreneur Chuck D. The rapper, who was a founding member of hip-hop group Public Enemy and now runs a content service, told delegates at the Mobile Content World conference in London that he had always […]

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China Stands Firm on Media Policy

from Reuters (via CNN) China’s open policy to foreign media and financial information agencies remains unchanged and the government will protect their freedom and rights, China’s Premier Wen Jiabao said on Wednesday. “I would like to reiterate that the open policy adopted by the Chinese government regarding the foreign news media and the financial information […]

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We’ll Jolly Well Say What We Want To

from The Economist YOU might think that China’s media have been having a hard time in recent months: editors sacked, reporters jailed, new curbs announced on what they can report, new clampdowns on the internet. But is it as bad as it sounds? Even as the authorities attempt to tighten controls, the media keep fighting […]

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Personalized News

From The Blog Blog Since the earliest days of the internet, we’ve been promised a sort of personalized newspaper that would arrive on our virtual doorsteps customized both by our manual selections and by our clicking and browsing behavior. Well personalized news sites have become a reality. In a way, the big surprise (or not) […]

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