Convoluted newspaper marketing a sign of the times? Just as Christmas is kicking in and newsagencies have their busiest time of the year, this Fairfax owned newspaper publisher wants more time to manage a complex offer. — Australian Newsagency Blog

USA Today to cut about 20 newsroom jobs. America’s largest newspaper, USA Today, said it will eliminate about 20 newsroom jobs next month to cut costs during the weak economy. USA Today Editor Ken Paulson told staff in a memo Sunday evening that “we’re facing unprecedented economic challenges and we have to cut spending.” The cuts result in a reduction of nearly 5 percent from a newsroom that the company said now employs about 450 people. — Forbes

iPhone app prices trending upwards. I’ve noted what looked like a trend in more and more new iPhone apps being released at higher price points than in the past. We’ve been spoiled by the number of high quality iPhone apps that are free, 99 cents, or $1.99. The iPhone App Store is still less than 6 months old. So, we will probably see a lot of changes in the next year or so. It will be interesting to see how apps are priced in November 2009. — Media Bistro

US news anchor sentenced for snooping into co-host’s email. Executives at Philadelphia’s local CBS station rejoiced when Access Hollywood presenter Larry Mendte returned from Los Angeles to present the news. Paired with 36-year-old Alycia Lane, 51-year-old Mendte made an immediate impression, boosting the station’s ratings. But behind the squeaky-clean onscreen chemistry, a feud festered between the two news anchors. This week, Mendte was sentenced to six months’ house arrest by a Philadelphia court, ordered to carry out 150 hours of community service and fined $5,000 (£3,300). — The Guardian

Russian prosecutors request new judge in Politkovskaya trial. Russian prosecutors requested a new judge Tuesday in an increasingly confused trial of three suspects accused in the murder of a prominent investigative journalist, after the judge flip-flopped twice on whether to allow press coverage. — International Herald Tribune

Nielsen: TV use at all-time high. Nielsen announced the results of a second annual media consumption survey that found television and Internet usage continues to increase — even though broadcast ratings have declined. The measurement company said the average person in the United States watched 142 hours of TV a month, up 4%, from last year. People who used the Internet were online 27 hours a month (up 6%) and those who watched video on mobile phones watched three hours a month (unchanged). — The Live Feed

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