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Fox News Reporter Won’t Have to Testify in Colorado (TVNewser)
FoxNews.com reporter Jana Winter cannot be forced to testify in a Colorado court. New York State’s highest court has ruled Winter cannot be compelled to testify about her reporting in the case of Colorado movie theater killer James Holmes. Winter’s story revealed the existence of Holmes’ diary that he reportedly gave to his psychiatrist before he went on his shooting spree. Fox News In a 4-3 ruling based on New York’s shield law, the state Court of Appeals reversed a lower court’s decision that could have resulted in Winter being forced to appear in the Colorado murder trial of Holmes. TheWrap “Today’s ruling is a major win for all journalists,” Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes said Tuesday in a statement. “The protection of Jana Winter’s confidential sources was necessary for the survival of journalism and democracy as a whole.” FishbowlNY Lawyers for Holmes wanted Winter to testify about her confidential sources because they said it violated a gag order on the case. Winter’s lawyers claimed that New York’s shield laws should prevent Winter from having to speak up. They were right. Poynter / MediaWire There exists “no principle more fundamental or well-established than the right of a reporter to refuse to divulge a confidential source,” New York’s State Court of Appeals said in its decision Tuesday.

Twitchy Sold to Owners of Townhall And Hotair (BuzzFeed)
Twitchy, the conservative Twitter aggregation site, has been sold for an undisclosed amount to Salem Communications, the Christian radio conglomerate and owners of Hotair.com and Townhall.com. Jonathan Garthwaite, general manager and editor-in-chief of Townhall.com, confirmed the news to BuzzFeed Tuesday, saying he was “excited” to be folding Twitchy into existing Salem news properties. Twitchy Founder Michelle Malkin: “As with Hot Air, I conceived and financed Twitchy completely on my own. But as a small, independent business owner, there’s only so far I can take the company. Salem’s mighty resources and corporate know-how will enable Twitchy to grow by leaps and bounds… I’ll step down as CEO, but will continue to play an active role supporting and promoting Twitchy.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Salem is considering a series of acquisitions that would consolidate several of the conservative blogosphere’s most influential brands under one corporate tent, Politico has learned. On Tuesday, Salem announced its acquisition of Twitchy. Sources familiar with the company’s plans now tell Politico that Salem is also in talks to buy Eagle Publishing, which owns the websites RedState and HumanEvents, as well conservative book publisher Regnery.

Gannett to Add USA Today to Local Papers (NYT)
Gannett Company, one of the nation’s largest newspaper chains, will try to expand its advertising and circulation revenue by inserting parts of its flagship newspaper, USA Today, into its local newspapers. Beginning in January, Gannett will add 12 to 14 pages of USA Today content each day to 35 newspapers in its largest markets, including The Journal News in White Plains, N.Y., The Tennessean in Nashville and The Cincinnati Enquirer.

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NYT Co Expects Digital Ad Growth in 2014 (Ad Age / Media News)
New York Times Co. CEO Mark Thompson intends to restore growth to the company’s digital advertising revenue next year after recent declines, he told a meeting of investors Tuesday. To spur growth, the Times is introducing branded content solutions for advertisers, according to Thompson, who spoke at UBS’ media and communications conference taking place in New York City. Capital New York Thompson told attendees to watch for developments in the paper’s sales department. He wasn’t kidding: Minutes after Thompson walked off the stage, the Times blasted out an announcement highlighting four internal promotions on the ad side.