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Brazilian hostage situation unfolds on live television

The phrase “live coverage” took on a whole new dimension during a hostage stand-off in Brazil on Friday, as a popular television host was called upon to negotiate the victims’ release. CNN reported that the unidentified man, who had allegedly taken his mother and sister hostage in Sao Paulo, told…

News Corp. taps WSJ editor as publishing CEO

Rupert Murdoch’s media conglomerate News Corp. plans to name Wall Street Journal managing editor Robert Thomson as chief executive of its publishing spinoff, the newspaper said on Saturday. The Journal cited people familiar with the matter as saying that the name of the new publishing company, along with senior executive…

Nate Silver: ‘Politico’ covers politics like sports, but ‘not intelligently at all’

On Friday, in an interview with ESPN radio host Bill Simmons, statistician and polling guru Nate Silver expressed his low regard for the Washington, DC political gossip sheet, Politico. The publication, headed by former Washington Post scribe Jim VanDehei and Time magazine’s Mike Allen, tries to cover politics “like sports,”…

‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling dismayed by British PM on press ‘intrusions’

Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling accused British Prime Minister David Cameron on Saturday of betraying victims of press intrusion after he opposed calls by a major inquiry for laws to regulate newspapers. Rowling, who told the Leveson Inquiry last year that journalists had repeatedly invaded her children’s privacy, said Cameron…

Psy admits he gets sick of ‘Gangnam Style’

South Korean pop music sensation Psy admitted Saturday that he sometimes gets sick of his massive hit “Gangnam Style” but will continue performing the number that made him world-famous. Speaking at a news conference in Singapore ahead of a free performance for fans, the 34-year-old — clad in a black…

British government divided over new proposals to curb press

British lawmakers started work Friday on a draft law to regulate the nation’s unruly newspapers as proposed by a major press inquiry, despite Prime Minister David Cameron’s strong objection to the legislation. Cameron’s government is divided on the future of the press after the Liberal Democrats, the junior partners in…

Beastie Boys call for sampling lawsuit to be dismissed

The Beastie Boys have called for the dismissal of a lawsuit charging that they illegally sampled material on their first two albums. The rappers deny there is any “substantial similarity” between the tracks on Licensed to Ill and Paul’s Boutique and the songs they sampled by the go-go band Trouble…

Britain awaits crucial report into press ethics

A top British judge will on Thursday publish a key report into a phone-hacking scandal, potentially paving the way for strict new press laws and raising tensions in the coalition government. Brian Leveson is widely expected to include recommendations for statutory regulation when he publishes his findings from a year-long…

Bloggers and crowdsourcing won’t end need for journalists: study

WASHINGTON — Bloggers, “crowdsourcing” and computer-generated articles are making contributions to the news media, but they cannot replace professional journalists in digging up important news. That is the message of a major study released this week by Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism, titled “Post-Industrial Journalism.” The authors of…

Myanmar author set to re-release racy acclaimed novel

As Myanmar’s censors loosen their grip, one of the country’s most acclaimed authors plans to republish her novel about two gay lovers, restoring sex-laced passages once deemed too risque for readers. Chunks of paragraphs from Nu Nu Yi’s 1994 novel “Smile as they bow” were purged by the all-powerful censorship…

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