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Rebekah Brooks Pleads Not Guilty to All Phone-Hacking, Corruption Charges
Rebekah Brooks, the former CEO of News International, on Wednesday pleaded not guilty to all criminal charges made as the result of investigations into phone hacking and corruption allegations. The pre-trial hearing focused on five charges against her in three areas — alleged phone hacking, conspiracy to make illegal payments to public officials in return for stories and attempts to pervert the course of justice at the height of the phone-hacking scandal. Brooks denied all the charges, which focus on her time at the U.K. publishing arm of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., in particular her time as editor of the News of the World and editor of the Sun. HuffPost / AP Brooks answered “not guilty” in a firm voice at a court hearing at London’s Southwark Crown Court, where she appeared along with a dozen others, mostly former News International employees, facing similar charges over the scandal that rocked Britain’s establishment. BBC Other News of the World employees who also pleaded not guilty to charges related to phone hacking included former assistant news editor James Weatherup and former managing editor Stuart Kuttner. All the defendants were released on bail and are due to face trial later in the year.

Newspaper Circulation Way Up in China (The Economist / Graphic Detail)
World Press Trends report collects masses of data about newspaper circulation and revenues in more than 70 countries. The headline figure shows circulation falling modestly from 537 million in 2008 to 530 million in 2012, but that masks huge regional variations. The report makes for particularly gloomy reading if you happen to be employed by a newspaper in America or western Europe. Looking further east, though, things look brighter. Marketing Charts Newspaper circulation around the world dropped by only 0.9 percent in 2012, as losses in North America and other regions were almost completely offset by gains in Asia, according to the latest World Press Trends survey of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, which includes data from more than 90 percent of the global industry’s value. The study shows that more than half of the world’s adults read a daily newspaper, with 2.5 billion doing so in print and 600 million in digital.

Wendy Williams Daytime Talk Show Renewed Through 2017 (HuffPost)
The Wendy Williams Show will be around for years to come. Debmar-Mercury announced on Tuesday that it renewed the The Wendy Williams Show through the 2016-17 television season on Fox Television Stations. Ratings for the nationally syndicated show has shown steady growth in recent years. The news follows Debmar-Mercury’s announcement that The Wendy Williams Show would extend its production schedule into the summer months. THR The show’s renewal comes on the heels of a year of ratings growth for the syndicated talker, especially among the key demographic group of women 25-54. The show grew 43 percent in the past year, according to Debmar-Mercury (a division of Lionsgate). That gave it a 1.2 rating and 8 percent share of the daytime metered markets.

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Rally Planned for Laid-Off Sun-Times Photographers (Poynter / MediaWire)
The Chicago News Guild will picket the Chicago Sun-Times building Thursday morning, the Guild said in a press release. The Sun-Times laid off its photo staff last week and announced plans to train reporters in iPhone photography. The event “will make a statement to the company that people care about quality journalism,” the release reads. The Daily Dot Rob Hart was laid off from the Chicago Sun-Times as part of the paper’s much-maligned decision to get rid of its entire photo staff (28 people, including Pulitzer Prize winners) and replace them with reporters with iPhones. The Daily Dot interviewed the award-winning journalist and Medill Journalism School professor about the value of the Internet and the future of journalism.