Morning Media Newsfeed: NYT Amends Article | Two More Charged With Hacking

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New York Times Amends Carol Vogel Article (FishbowlNY)
The first paragraph of Carol Vogel’s July 25 New York Times article no longer reads as it did. The text has been amended and an editors’ note has been added at the bottom. New York Post / Media Ink Vogel is accused of lifting a Wikipedia passage — with a few minor word changes — on the artist’s eccentricities for her lede on a July 24 item, “A Renaissance Master Finally Gets A Showcase.” NYT The Times’ editors’ note, which followed an investigation into Vogel’s work by senior editors, said that the passage “improperly used specific language and details from a Wikipedia article without attribution” and should not have been published in that form. HuffPost The Times’ public editor Margaret Sullivan acknowledged the matter Wednesday, writing that there was “little dispute” that the two paragraphs look very much alike. A spokesperson for the Times said that editors are “not aware of any other problems like this,” adding that, “editors have dealt with Carol on the issue.” Politico / Dylan Byers on Media It’s the second big plagiarism case in the last week. Over the weekend, BuzzFeed fired Benny Johnson after finding more than 40 instances of plagiarism in his work.

Two Ex-News of The World Journalists Charged Over Hacking (BBC News)
Two former News of The World journalists have been charged with conspiring to hack phones, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has said. The defunct newspaper’s ex-deputy editor Neil Wallis and ex-features editor Jules Stenson are accused of conspiring to listen to voicemails between January 2003 and January 2007. Reuters Andy Coulson, who edited the paper from 2003 until 2007 before working as Prime Minister David Cameron’s media chief, was jailed on July 4 for 18 months for encouraging staff to hack phones in a bid to get exclusive stories. Financial Times The CPS confirmed that both men would appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Aug. 21. In December 2013, the Metropolitan Police submitted evidence to the CPS in relation to Operation Pinetree, its investigation into an alleged conspiracy to hack phone messages by journalists at the World. Additional evidence was provided in June 2014. The file asked for charging advice on eight suspects; all were formerly employed at the World. The Guardian Six other former World journalists arrested last year by officers working on Operation Pinetree were told by the CPS earlier this month that they faced no further action, because of “insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction” on phone hacking-related allegations.

AMC Networks Said to Discuss BBC America Stake (Bloomberg)
AMC Networks, the cable programmer controlled by the Dolan family, is in talks to acquire almost 50 percent of BBC America, BBC Worldwide’s U.S. channel, people with knowledge of the matter said. Deadline Hollywood The cable network’s company, known for its hits The Walking Dead and Mad Men, could use the deal to further establish itself as a leading distributor of premium content — strengthening its ability to sell ads and negotiate high fees from cable and satellite companies. Variety BBC America, launched in 1998, is owned by BBC Worldwide, the for-profit arm of the U.K. pubcaster. AMC Networks declined comment on the prospect of a deal. BBC Worldwide issued a brief statement: “BBC America has just recorded eight straight years of growth and has never been stronger in brand, ratings, advertising or critical acclaim. We do not comment on market rumors and speculation.” WSJ AMC Networks is a relatively small cable-channel owner whose outlets include the AMC channel as well as SundanceTV and IFC, while BBC America only has the one channel in the U.S. Under the deal being discussed, AMC would represent BBC America in distribution negotiations with pay-TV operators, said a person familiar with the situation, giving BBC America the chance to increase its presence in households and raise the fee it receives from operators. Talks about a deal have been underway for months, the people said.