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‘Times’ Laughs in Morgan Stanley's Face (Well, Back)

MEDIA • Marcus Brauchli remains top editor at the Journal, but there's a growing sense of inevitability that Robert Thomson, Sunday Times of London editor and Murdoch "old boy," will challenge him for the position. (Related question: Does Murdoch have any "boys" who are not "old"?) [NYO] • The Times' third-quarter earnings almost doubled analysts' expectations, giving the paper a chance to gloat about the big hit Morgan Stanley took a week ago by selling its stake in the company. [NYT, DealBook/NYT] • Rick Reilly, previously the highest-paid writer in the history of Time Inc., will get $2 million a year for five years at ESPN. Who knew wussifying sports would pay so well? [NYP]

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Rupert Murdoch Wins the Party

MEDIA • News Corp. surpassed Time Warner to become the largest media company on the planet, and Murdoch held off a shareholder revolt in order to keep his family tyranny in place. [Hollywood Reporter, USAT] • ESPN poached marquee columnist Rick Reilly from Sports Illustrated after 22 years with the mag. Dan Patrick, who SI just poached from ESPN, will take Reilly's place at the back of the book. [NYT, Deadspin] • Stephen Colbert took his campaign to the Tim Russert show: "This is not a dream, you are not going to wake up from this. I am far realer than Sam Brownback." [NYT]

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