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Former Washington Post Editor Ben Bradlee Dies at 93 (FishbowlDC)
Former editor of The Washington Post Ben Bradlee died Tuesday of natural causes at the age of 93 at his home in Washington. Bradley served as executive editor of The Washington Post from 1968-1991, a time that included the resignation of President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal. The Washington Post Bradlee’s most important decision, made with publisher Katharine Graham, the Post’s publisher, may have been to print stories based on the Pentagon Papers, a secret Pentagon history of the Vietnam War. The Post’s circulation nearly doubled while Bradlee was in charge of the newsroom — first as managing editor and then as executive editor — as did the size of its newsroom staff. NYT With full backing from Graham, Bradlee led the Post into the first rank of American newspapers, courting controversy and giving it standing as a thorn in the side of Washington officials. When government officials called to complain, Bradlee acted as a buffer between them and his staff. “Just get it right,” he would tell his reporters. Most of the time they did, but there were mistakes, one so big that the paper had to return a Pulitzer Prize. Boston Globe It was Bradlee who guided the Post through its coverage of the Watergate scandal — “the story of our generation,” he later called it, “the story that put us all on the map” — and his unwavering leadership was crucial to the success of the paper’s investigations during the nine months between the break-in at Democratic National Committee headquarters on June 17, 1972, and the sentencing of the Watergate burglars on March 23, 1973, a period during which the Post was far out in front of the rest of the media in covering the scandal and, as a result, dangerously exposed to criticism from the Nixon administration. Reuters Bradlee’s death at his Washington home of natural causes was announced by the Post, which reported late last month that he had begun hospice care after suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for several years.

Pew Study: Little Overlap in Liberals’, Conservatives’ News Sources (Pew Research Center)
When it comes to getting news about politics and government, liberals and conservatives inhabit different worlds. There is little overlap in the news sources they turn to and trust. And whether discussing politics online or with friends, they are more likely than others to interact with like-minded individuals, according to a new Pew Research Center study. FishbowlNY People who reported as “consistently liberal” cited CNN (15 percent), NPR (13 percent), MSNBC (12 percent) and The New York Times (10 percent) as their favorite outlets. Meanwhile, 47 percent of “consistent conservatives” cited Fox News as their main source of news. TVNewser Five percent of people who consider themselves “mostly liberal” watch MSNBC, equal the percentage who watch Fox News. CNN takes the majority of that audience with 20 percent saying CNN is their “main source of news about government and politics.” FishbowlDC The study also went on to rate trust of 36 outlets ranging from CNN and Bloomberg to Politico and Al Jazeera America among five ideological groups: consistently liberal and consistently conservative, mostly liberal and mostly conservative, and mixed. The Wall Street Journal was the only outlet more trusted than distrusted by all five groups, while BuzzFeed was the only organization more distrusted than trusted by people self-identifying in all five categories. SocialTimes BuzzFeed’s editor-in-chief Ben Smith said: “Most of the great news organizations have been around for decades, and trust is something you earn over time. Our organization is new, our news operation is even newer, and it’s early days for us. The more people know BuzzFeed News, especially young people who make up a small share of these surveys, the more they trust us.”

NBC Freelance Photographer Has Been Declared Ebola-Free (Mediaite)
Ashoka Mukpo, the NBC freelance photographer who contracted Ebola in Liberia weeks ago, was officially declared Ebola-free Tuesday night by the hospital treating him. Monday, Mukpo tweeted about his hospital stay and how he wasn’t completely sure how he contracted the virus. Variety The 33-year-old cameraman had been covering Ebola in Liberia, on assignment with NBC News chief medical correspondent Nancy Snyderman, and returned to the U.S. for treatment. Mukpo tweeted on Tuesday asking the public to “be nice” to Snyderman, emphasizing that he quarantined himself as soon as he ran a temperature. USA Today He will be allowed on Wednesday to leave the bio-containment unit at Nebraska Medical Center, the special infectious disease center where he has been undergoing treatment, the hospital said.

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CNN, Turner Networks Pulled From Dish Network (TVNewser)
CNN and several other Turner networks have been pulled from Dish Network. “It’s unfortunate that Dish is once again operating in a disruptive manner that takes away networks and programming from [its] customers,” a Turner spokesperson said. THR After failing to come to terms with Turner on a new deal, Dish Network has dropped CNN, Cartoon Network, truTV and TCM, among others. “Despite our best efforts, we were unable to reach an agreement with Dish Network, and they have unilaterally decided to pull CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, truTV, TCM, HLN, CNN en Espanol and Boomerang off the air upon the expiration of our current deal,” Turner said in a statement. Capital New York The blackout is the latest high-profile dispute between pay-TV providers and programmers, with the content companies seeking higher fees for their channels, and pay-TV companies balking at those higher prices. Over the last few years these disputes have more often gone public, usually when the sides remain so far apart that no deal is imminent. Both Dish and Turner have set up Web pages making their case to consumers, and are promoting those pages on TV and in house ads. GigaOM These conflicts are nothing new, and usually end with pay TV providers grudgingly agreeing to pay more than they wanted, but Dish has a unique agenda: The company plans to launch an Internet-based TV service and has been acquiring rights to include channels from Disney and others as part of that service, which is likely going to be called Nutv.

Bloomberg Lands Joseph Weisenthal (FishbowlNY)
Late Tuesday afternoon, Business Insider executive editor Joseph Weisenthal tweeted that he is moving on after six years with BI. NYT Weisenthal will join Bloomberg to build a markets and finance news site and host a television show on the topic, the company said. Weisenthal, in an interview on Tuesday afternoon discussing his new position, said he would be “putting together a team of about 10 people,” adding, “We’re planning to just dominate markets news, make it a must-visit destination.” He said he would hire additional staff for the television show. TVNewser Weisenthal’s title will be managing editor of’s markets and finance coverage. He starts Nov. 10 and will be based in New York. Mashable Weisenthal joins numerous other high-profile recruits including Josh Topolsky, who joined from The Verge, and Justin Smith, who left The Atlantic to take the position of CEO at Bloomberg Media. In May, the company hired John Heilemann and Mark Halperin who are reportedly each paid more than $1 million a year. Well known among the business and media circles on Twitter, Weisenthal gained a greater profile after a New York Times Magazine piece that detailed his 16-hour work days.

The Guardian Overtakes New York Times in comScore Traffic Figures (The Guardian)
The Guardian has passed The New York Times to become the world’s second most popular English-language newspaper website, according to the latest monthly traffic figures from comScore. FishbowlNY In September, drew 42.6 million unique visits, compared to 41.6 million for For The Guardian, that represented a 12 percent month-on-month increase, but it still wasn’t enough to crack the top three slots, which are all occupied by Chinese newspaper sites. comScore’s numbers take into account desktop traffic only. Capital New York Elsewhere on the list, Mail Online, the rapidly proliferating website of the U.K.’s Daily Mail tabloid, bested both the Times and The Guardian, coming in at No. 4 with about 55.8 million unique monthly visitors. The Washington Post, which has been expanding digitally this past year under new owner Jeff Bezos, snuck in at No. 10, with 25.6 million.

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Nielsen, Adobe Team Up for New Digital Ratings Product (WSJ / CMO Today)
TV measurement titan Nielsen says it will enlist the help of a major digital player, Adobe, in order to better measure online video audiences across an array of devices including smartphones and tablets. Capital New York ESPN, IPG Mediabrands, Sony Pictures Television, Starcom MediaVest Group, Turner Broadcasting, Univision Communications and Viacom will use the new metric when it rolls out in 2015 to track audiences across screens. That information helps advertisers determine how to allocate their marketing dollars. HuffPost / Reuters The move for Nielsen, which dominates traditional TV ratings, and Adobe, which has troves of data on how people watch videos through the Internet, underscores how quickly the landscape is shifting. Just last week, Time Warner’s pay-TV channel HBO and broadcaster CBS made the startling announcements they plan to launch standalone products allowing consumers to watch their programming without a cable or satellite subscription.

Jill Abramson Joining Steve Brill on Startup (FishbowlNY)
Jill Abramson, the former New York Times executive editor who was fired in May, has finally shed some light on what her future holds. During WBUR event “Fast Forward,” Abramson said she’s teaming up with Steve Brill on a startup that “will be doing one big story a year.” She also noted that she’s currently pitching the startup to investors, who “sound very interested.” HuffPost Abramson was hesitant to give too many details, but she did say that she and Brill hoped to do “great stories” with a goal of producing “very ambitious, killer journalism” and paying journalists “real money that they can live on.” She bashed the quality of journalism being put out by news outlets as of late, specifically pointing to the media panic over Ebola, which she called “disgraceful.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Abramson was an early contributor to Brill’s magazine American Lawyer, and spent nearly a decade as a writer there. It’s the first announcement of a return to news since Abramson’s swift firing. Abramson has also picked up a visiting lecturer position at Harvard, teaching undergraduate courses on narrative nonfiction.

Barbara Walters Brings Back Most Fascinating Special (TVNewser)
Last year was supposed to the final Barbara Walters‘ 10 Most Fascinating special. But ABC has decided there are just too many fascinating people around not to do another one. Walters will return for the two-hour special on Sunday, Dec. 14. HuffPost The special will feature appearances from Oprah Winfrey, Neil Patrick Harris, Chelsea Handler and Scarlett Johansson, among others. This isn’t the first time Walters has made her way back onto the screen post-retirement. She returned to The View in June and then again for a special edition of 20/20 to interview Peter Rodger, the father of the University of California, Santa Barbara shooter Elliot Rodger.

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The Hill Adds Cybersecurity Vertical (FishbowlDC)
The Hill Tuesday added a Cybersecurity vertical to its website coverage. The new dedicated topic area will explore cybersecurity within the technology, health care and defense industries, from legislation and regulation to lobbying efforts and current legal cases.

National Journal Debuts Revamped Hotline Race Tracker (FishbowlDC)
With just two weeks until November’s midterm elections, National Journal’s enhanced Hotline Race Tracker was repositioned before the paywall Tuesday to offer users detailed information on specific state races.

CNN Vet Alan Duke Jumps to Radar Online (FishbowlNY)
For the past five and a half years, for all but one month, Alan Duke‘s byline has been the No. 1 desktop-views attraction at CNN Digital. Although Duke was spared in the latest round of CNN layoffs, the journalist — who had been with CNN since 1989 — decided it was time to leave. As of this week, he is the Los Angeles-based national correspondent for revamping AMI website Radar Online.

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CBS to Launch Retro Digital Channel Focused on Pop Culture, History (Variety)
The CBS O&O group is finally developing its ample digital subchannel real estate, partnering with Weigel Broadcasting to launch an outlet devoted to vintage TV and pop culture. The channel, dubbed Decades, aims to stand apart from other retro-TV services by offering wrap-around programming designed to highlight the overall theme of the day’s program slate.

Google Integrates Music Streaming Service With Songza (THR)
Google has integrated Songza, the music streaming service with curated playlists that it acquired this summer, into its Google Play Music subscription streaming offering. Google Play Music subscribers are able to select music stations based on time of day, mood or activity. Stations can be downloaded to listen to offline, and songs can be added, removed and re-ordered to fit a person’s taste.

Egypt Court Sets Appeal Date for Imprisoned Al Jazeera Journalists (HuffPost / Reuters)
An Egyptian court has set Jan. 1 as the date for an appeals hearing for the three Al Jazeera journalists serving jail time in Egypt, the network said on Tuesday. The journalists were convicted in July on charges of aiding a terrorist organization in a verdict that was widely condemned internationally.

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