AP/Washington Post article on News Corp. investigation:
New York Post staffers have been told to preserve any documents that may relate to phone hacking or payoffs to officials, as News Corp. prepares for a probe into its U.K. operations to reach across the Atlantic.
Nick Tonkin reports on the Santa Barbara News-Press:
About 75 people gathered at De la Guerra Plaza on Thursday, in an event roughly timed with the 5-year anniversary of a mass exodus of reporters and editors from the Santa Barbara News-Press.
Sally Deneen reports on the Seattle PostGlobe:
It’s been an eventful two years – sometimes fun, sometimes a mountain of work, but always worthwhile. And now it’s time for the PostGlobe to say goodbye and thank you. It’s time for us to move on.
Mathew Ingram reports on Netflix:
Users of Netflix’s digital movie-rental service have been up in arms about a sudden change to the company’s pricing plans, which appears to be aimed at reducing demand for its DVD-by-mail service by jacking up prices. In other words, Netflix is trying to manage the transition of users away from the physical product and toward digital streaming
Lucas Shaw reports on another round of layoffs at the Los Angeles Times:
Another round of layoffs is underway at the Los Angeles Times.
On Wednesday, the first names began to surface: Tim Rutten, a former reporter and editor turned op-ed contributor is out. He had been at the paper nearly 40 years.
An update out of San Francisco:
The San Francisco Bay Guardian, the free weekly newspaper that for decades has been a standard bearer for local progressives, has laid off three editorial employees amid financial struggles, said Tim Redmond, the paper’s executive editor.
Robert Wilonsky reports on the Dallas Morning News:
The Dallas Morning News will no longer publish Quick after its August 4 issue, bringing to a close the free weekly’s 8-year-long run. Jim Moroney, the publisher and CEO at The News, tells Unfair Park he broke the news to its staff at around 10:30 this morning: Seven full-timers have been laid off, as have two part-timers. All will be given severance, and all have been told they can apply for other jobs at the paper if and when they come open.
Richard Tofel reports on the Bancroft family:
A number of key members of the family which controlled The Wall Street Journal say they would not have agreed to sell the prestigious daily to Rupert Murdoch if they had been aware of News International’s conduct in the phone-hacking scandal at the time of the deal.
Gannett blog reports on CEO Craig Dubow:
Craig Dubow is the Atlanta TV ad salesman-turned-chief executive, so it’s no surprise he’s still selling regular employees a bill of goods.
Worries in Arizona:
A shaky economy has had a massive impact on southern Arizona’s premier newspaper.
Friday the Arizona Daily Star confirmed layoffs of more than 50 employees.