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  • January 31, 2006
    By webteam

    This release from the Globe speaks for itself. This ain't good, folks. When I called the 888 number at the bottom of the release to check on my status, I was told that the paper would be getting back to folks affected by this in the next 48 hours.

    BOSTON, Jan. 31, 2006 – The Boston Globe and Worcester Telegram & Gazette are notifying their home-delivery subscribers who pay by credit or bank card that some customers’ confidential credit card numbers were inadvertently printed on the backs of routing slips attached to newspaper bundles that were sent to retailers and newspaper carriers in the Worcester area this past weekend.

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  • January 31, 2006
    By webteam

    The Shorenstein Center at Harvard has just announced the finalists for its annual $25,000 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting as well as a special citation for New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof. I was one of five judges for this year's contest who examined almost 140 entries. And I can attest to the fact that it was a hell of a field.

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  • January 27, 2006
    By webteam

    For those paying close attention, the news that Clean Power Now -- a group that supports the controversial wind farm project in Nantucket Sound -- has hired Jack Coleman as a media consultant isn't too surprising. But it's part of an interesting story.

    Coleman had covered the wind farm story at the Cape Cod Times, a paper that had become known for its staunch and relentless opposition to the wind farm, primarily on its editorial pages.

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  • January 27, 2006
    By webteam

    There's only one good guy in this whole wildly overblown Oprah/James Frey contretemps over "A Million Little Pieces." (Last night, I made the rounds of the cable news shows hoping for some enlightenment on the stunning Palestinian election results. Silly me. I should have known that Oprah's belated apology and public spanking of her former teacher's pet takes precedence over a momentous geopolitical earthquake.

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  • January 27, 2006
    By webteam

    I'm sure this won't sit well with the "all's fair in love, war, and domestic spying" crowd, but the L.A. Times has another terrific story indicating that our phony payola journalism scam in Iraq appears to violate Pentagon policy.

  • January 26, 2006
    By webteam

    This excerpt from the media watchdog website CJR Daily illustrates why, with every passing day she spends on "Today," Katie Couric makes the potential transition to CBS Evening News anchor more unlikely and harder to sell. (Hint: however she did on the Abramoff scandal, it's the last paragraph -- which I bolded -- that's the damning one.

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  • January 26, 2006
    By webteam

    It's not the same thing as reporting that most of the Sago Mine disaster victims had been found alive. And it's not Dewey beats Truman. But U.S. newspapers again found themselves in another one of those frustrating deadline traps today in trying to report on the Palestinian elections -- which appear to have led to a stunning Hamas triumph.

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  • January 25, 2006
    By webteam

    I'm not a conspiracy buff, but three is positively a trend. In rapid succession, CNN has just hired conservative talkmaster Glenn Beck (for Headline News), former Republican Congressman J.C. Watts, and worst of all, that moralizing pompous gasbag (ask me how I really feel) William Bennett.

    Jeez, Louise. I know the Fox News Channel is kicking CNN's butt in the ratings, but Roger Ailes has already got the Republican base locked up.

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  • January 25, 2006
    By webteam

    It seems that by appointing Paula Kerger as its new president to succeed Pat Mitchell, PBS has settled on an insider to steer its ship through troubled waters.

    This statement from one of my favorite and most quotable media analysts, Jeff Chester, the executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy , suggests that the only person facing a more difficult challenge than Kerger will be the new prime minister of Iraq:

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  • January 25, 2006
    By webteam

    This quote on the Boston TV News website indicates that Channel 56 (WLVI-TV) will keep its late newscast intact despite the fact that it is going to be the new CW station in Boston after yesterday's switcheroo.

    A SENIOR WLVI SOURCE TELLS BTVN: "[This is] a great story for WLVI. We end up with a stronger network, stronger programming, a better news lead-in and one less competitor in town.

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  • January 25, 2006
    By webteam

    I don't know exactly why I find this amusing, but the New York Daily News is reporting that Osama bin Laden is a Larry King fan. (Scroll down.) And since the chief terrorist is reportedly only 48, he's not really in Larry's core geriatric demographic.



  • January 24, 2006
    By webteam

    Here's the deal on what the new CW network (the old UPN and WB) will mean in Boston. Tribune-owned WLVI-TV (Channel 56), which was a WB affiliate, will become a CW affiliate. WSBK-TV (Channel 38), which is part of the CBS-owned Boston duopoly and was a UPN affiliate, will now become an independent station with 10 hours of priime-time programming to fill and a lot of options.

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  • January 24, 2006
    By webteam

    Editor & Publisher has some hard numbers on how many folks are forking over the dough for TimesSelect content. Times Co. representatives say this puts them a little ahead of projections and claim to be heartened. I think that number strikes me as pretty respectable, but maybe someone else has a better perspective.

  • January 24, 2006
    By webteam

    Here's a solid business solution when you have two underperforming television networks. Turn them into one.

  • January 23, 2006
    By webteam

    Okay, this isn't as bad as it sounds. (Or as good, depending on your point of view.) The Wisconsin State Journal isn't quite selling off its front page to popular tastes by letting readers vote for the story they'd most like to read on page 1 the next day. For example: here are the choices for tomorrow's paper:

    Vote for the story you'd most like to read in tomorrow's Wisconsin State Journal.

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