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Lara Logan Back at Work on 60 Minutes (THR)
Lara Logan has returned to work at CBS News. The news ends a suspension that began last fall after an erroneous 60 Minutes report on the Sept. 11, 2012 attacks on the U.S. mission in Benghazi that resulted in the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other U.S. personnel. TVNewser Logan was asked to take a leave of absence in November after the flawed report. Logan’s report was centered around an interview with Dylan Davies, a man who claimed to have been a witness of the attacks; it was later revealed that he had not been present that night. In retracting the story, Logan said “We were misled and we were wrong.” The Associated Press The internal CBS review of the incident concluded Logan and her 60 Minutes colleagues should have done a better job checking out Davies’ story before it went on the air. The internal review also said that a speech Logan made in urging the U.S. to take action in response to the Benghazi raid represented a conflict of interest for a reporter later doing a story on the incident. Deadline Hollywood CBS declined to provide any more information about Logan’s return, such as when Logan will be seen on the air and what type of stories she is working on. The newsmag returns to original reports in the fall. Variety Logan is best known for her work as a foreign correspondent, filing many reports from dangerous areas, including Afghanistan and Iraq. Before formally joining CBS News in 2002 as a 60 Minutes II correspondent, Logan already had 14 years of journalism experience, including 10 years in the international broadcast news arena. She served as a correspondent for GMTV, the weekday morning news program of Great Britain’s ITV, and as a freelance correspondent for CBS News Radio, a role that included occasional appearances on the CBS Evening News.

Justice Department Plans to Begin Review of Music Licensing Rules (NYT)
The music industry has been complaining loudly in recent years about outdated federal regulation. Now it finally has a chance to do something about it. On Wednesday, the Justice Department announced that it will review the 73-year-old regulatory agreements that govern ASCAP and BMI, two groups that act as licensing clearinghouses for a range of outlets that use music, including radio stations, websites and even restaurants and doctors’ offices. Billboard The DOJ invites interested parties — including songwriters, composers, publishers, licensees and digital service providers — to send commentary on whether the consent decrees meet their goals of protecting competition. Reuters Publishers and songwriters typically use BMI and ASCAP, both not-for-profit entities, to collectively license works for public performance to major music users like Pandora Media, the Internet radio service. Currently, any dispute over the cost of a license goes to “rate courts,” which are based in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Bloomberg ASCAP and BMI, both based in New York, represent hundreds of thousands of songwriters, composers and publishers. They’ve argued in court disputes with Pandora that the agreements with the Justice Department don’t take into account the rise of digital media. Dave Grimaldi, a spokesman for Pandora, defended the role the decrees play, saying they provide important protections for songwriters and broadcasters, including mechanisms to establish a reasonable royalty rate when the two parties can’t agree on one.

Netflix Points Finger at Verizon for Poor Video Streaming (Mashable)
Netflix has pointed its finger at another Internet service provider that it paid to ensure better streaming quality. Re/code The development came Tuesday night, when Vox Media designer Yuri Victor tweeted an image of a message from the streaming service on his browser, blaming Verizon for slow speeds: “The Verizon network is crowded right now.” Variety On Twitter, Netflix chief communications officer Jonathan Friedland confirmed that the message was authentic. “We’re always testing new ways to keep members informed,” he tweeted. Verizon spokesman Alberto Canal, asked for comment, said: “This is a PR stunt. We’re investigating this claim but it seems misleading and could confuse people.” Netflix consumes around one-third of all downstream Internet traffic during peak periods in North America, and the issues surrounding the delivery of all those bits has flared into public disputes with some big ISPs. New York Post The public shaming of ISPs is another step in Netflix’s battle over so-called net neutrality. ISPs are demanding that Netflix — the biggest bandwidth hog — enter “paid peering” deals to get direct connections to their networks and alleviate traffic congestion. In recent months, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings agreed to pay both Comcast and Verizon to improve the streaming experience for customers.

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