YouTube to show clips from CNN and TNT. Time Warner and YouTube said they have signed an agreement that would make short clips of various Time Warner television shows available on the popular video-sharing Web site. The deal is the latest to bring professional content to YouTube. — New York Times

London Paper to close. News International said today that it planned to close its afternoon freesheet, the London Paper. Today’s announcement signals an end to the London freesheet wars, which began almost exactly three years ago in August 2006. – The Guardian

US papers drag down MacMedia. Australia’s largest regional media company, Macquarie Media Group, has admitted to debt problems at its US business, American Consolidated Media, after it was dragged to a full-year loss by one-off charges at the division. — The Australian

Bitter response to Freddo game. Cadbury has defended the launch last month of its Freddo Frog “educational” online game for children under 12, which has already attracted 130,000 registered players. The Adventures of Freddo website has attracted criticism from some quarters of the health lobby for targeting young children with chocolate. — The Age

When mullets attack. An article in The Age yesterday describes the case of a man, Charlie Tannous, charged with attacking a teenage spectator with a mallet at a junior football game. The article reads: “A man 19, charged with seriously injuring a teenage spectator with a mullet…” Which begs the question: does the poor injured spectator have a mullet, or was he hit with a mullet? The Age has since corrected its mistake.

Anti-siphoning laws for TV sports. The Rudd government will consider strengthening use-it-or-lose-it provisions for sports on the anti-siphoning list that are not shown on free-to-air television, under a review started yesterday. — The Australian

Amnesic man recognises himself. The man who wandered out of Discovery Park three weeks ago suffering from apparent amnesia is Edward F. Lighthart, according to friends and family who recognize him from his photograph published in The Seattle Times. Friends have e-mailed photographs of Lighthart, and he acknowledges that the man in the photographs is he. — The Seattle Times

CBS, Pepsi embed video ads in magazines. When some readers of Entertainment Weekly open their magazines next month, they will discover characters from US television programmes speaking to them from a wafer-thin video screen built into the page. The marketing experiment — which is being conducted by CBS, the US broadcaster, and Pepsi, the soft drinks maker — recalls the fantasy newspapers of the Harry Potter films and works much like a singing greetings card, with the video starting once a reader turns the appropriate page. — Financial Times

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