November 29, 2012 An eight month investigation into phone hacking and other abuses by British newspapers has concluded that the industry needs a powerful new watchdog with some legal powers to wield carrots and sticks. Judge Brian Leveson, who led the inquiry, says the watchdog would be independent and insists that it "cannot reasonably or fairly be be characterized as statutory regulation of the press." But Prime Minister David Cameron, who commissioned the investigation, voiced doubts about that, saying "I think it would be a dereliction of our duty in this House of Commons that has stood up for freedom and for free press year after year, century after century, to cross a Rubicon of legislating about the press without thinking about it very carefully, first." Cameron's stance angered victims of tabloid hacking. Said one "I think he's gone back on his word and I feel betrayed."
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Jeff Zucker, who's going to CNN.
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November 29, 2012 Zucker rose quickly at NBC, where he led The Today Show in the '90s. But that network parted ways with him in 2010 after the failed attempt to move Jay Leno into prime time.
Britain's tabloids ruined many lives, a judge concludes. Now, he's recommending more oversight.
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November 29, 2012 After a scandal involving the hacking of cellphones and the paying of bribes for information, a judge was asked to sort out the mess and offer recommendations. Now, he's calling for an independent panel that would promote high standards and protect individuals' rights.
November 29, 2012 On Thursday, Lord Justice Leveson released his report on regulating the British press, following phone hacking and other abuses by the tabloids. For more details on what's in the report, David Greene speaks to reporter Vicki Barker in London.
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November 29, 2012 On Thursday, Lord Justice Leveson is expected to release his report on regulating the British press, following phone hacking and other abuses by the tabloids. The report, and Prime Minister David Cameron's response to it, will likely be controversial.
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November 27, 2012 The Miami Herald's old headquarters on Biscayne Bay have been sold to a developer who wants to tear it down. Historic preservationists are working to stop the demolition, saying the hulking, boxy building is a prime example of Miami modernism architecture from the 50's and 60's. Demolition proponents — which include some prominent architects — say it's a clumsy building with no sense of style and not a "MiMo" design worth saving.
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The mysterious, most-interesting, super-sexy North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (And if you believe all that, you may be reading too many reports from Chinese media.)
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November 27, 2012 People's Daily Online gave big play to The Onion's declaration that Kim Jong Un is 2012's sexiest man. Can we convince the Chinese news media that he's even more than that?
November 27, 2012 Steve Inskeep reports on new numbers from the International Press Institute, which says 2012 has been the deadliest year for journalists since it started keeping track in 1997.
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November 26, 2012 After more than 70 years in the business, Superman quit his day job at Metropolis' newspaper, The Daily Planet. In issue No.13 of the comic, Clark Kent, fed up with criticism from his editor and the paper's owner, quits in front of the entire news room. Columnist Connie Schultz offers advice to the Man of Steel.
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November 25, 2012 Host Rachel Martin speaks to W.R. Wilkerson III about the infamous 1947 Hollywood Blacklist. Wilkerson is the son of Billy Wilkerson, who was publisher of The Hollywood Reporter from 1930 to 1962 and supported the blacklist through the trade paper. Wilkerson III has written a formal apology for his father's role in the controversy 65 years later.
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November 20, 2012 Kevin Clash, the Sesame Street puppeteer who made Elmo a sensation, has resigned.
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Puppeteer Kevin Clash and Elmo.
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November 20, 2012 Kevin Clash has denied he had a sexual relationship when his accuser was still a boy. But there's word today of a second such allegation. Sesame Workshop says Clash has "concluded that he can no longer be effective in his job."
Rebekah Brooks, who rose to the top spot at Rupert Murdoch's News International.
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November 20, 2012 The charges are on top of those against many of the same people stemming from the scandal over the hacking of the phones of crime victims, celebrities and members of the royal family.
November 19, 2012 W.R. Wilkerson III is apologizing for the trade paper's role in what he calls "Hollywood's holocaust," the blacklist that destroyed the careers of those accused of communist sympathies.
November 15, 2012 This week marks the start of Mark Thompson's tenure as the new chief executive officer at the New York Times Co. It is facing financial head-winds, and is hoping Thompson can recapture some of the success he enjoyed in leading the BBC. But there's concern within the Times that its new leader has been tainted by scandals at his old employer.
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