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»  Former US Weekly editor Janice Min is spicing up The Hollywood Reporter — but is the venerable trade mag getting too gossipy?…

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»  Former US Weekly editor Janice Min is spicing up The Hollywood Reporter — but is the venerable trade mag getting too gossipy? [The Wrap]

»  Ad prices for Conan O’Brien’s new TV talk show on Turner are pretty close to what a 30-second spot costs on Leno’s Tonight Show, a slot O’Brien held briefly before being dumped. [AdAge]

»  Most radio stations have been cutting back on newscasts as a result of cost-pressures, but San Francisco’s KQED News is in expansion mode with a new website, nearly tripling the number of local radio newscasts and the addition of eight news staffers. And it’s only getting started. [MediaShift]

»  Barnes & Noble’s proxy battle with activist investor Ron Burkle is heating up, with the bookseller charging that the billionaire is unfit to serve on the board. [Reuters]

»  WPP Group CEO Sir Martin Sorrell considers online paywalls an “essential” component for newspaper and magazine publishers if they are to survive the digital age — spoken like a true ad man. [MediaWeek UK]

»  Despite its previously stated suspicions about streaming its content on sites that don’t pay it directly, Comcast (NSDQ: CMCSA) says it will not withdraw NBC (NYSE: GE) Universal’s videos from Hulu. [NewTeeVee]

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