Front page of the day. The Independent leads large today over the latest revelations stemming from the Leveson inquiry:

Murdoch: I didn’t read crucial phone-hacking email

“Fresh questions about the extent of James Murdoch’s knowledge of the phone-hacking scandal were raised on Tuesday when it emerged he received an email that included a briefing indicating that the activity had not been confined to a single ‘rogue reporter’.” — The Guardian

NotW legal head: rogue reporter defence ‘erroneous’

“The former legal head of the News of the World Tom Crone has told the Leveson inquiry that he felt the ‘rogue reporter explanation’ was ‘erroneous from the outset’, with the phrase first used by News International in 2007.” — journalism.co.uk

2011 a year of TV executive change

“Just 18 months ago six men were directly steering our TV networks. By January 1 all of them will have been replaced or initiated management restructures that shift others into the driver’s seat.” — TV Tonight

We must beat blogs, demands AP memo

“You would think that the AP would be satisfied with its status as ‘last remaining source of non-local ‘news’ for 95% of American newspapers.’ But no! Now they want to be kings of the internet, and whatnot, as well.” — Gawker

Russian journalists axed after election coverage

“A high-ranking editor and a top executive from one of Russia’s most respected news publications were dismissed on Tuesday after an apparent conflict over coverage that appeared to highlight widespread anger with the results of parliamentary elections this month.” — New York Times

Gawke sued over New Yorker art con story

“A strange libel lawsuit that reads like a pulp version of the The Da Vinci Code just became a bit stranger — the controversial art world figure who is suing the New Yorker is now taking aim at other media outlets that repeated the venerable magazine’s allegations.” — Paid Content

Ailes on Ailes: Fox News chief writing his story

“According to several sources with direct knowledge of Roger Ailes’s plans, the Fox News chief is currently at work on an autobiography.” — NY Magazine

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