FIRST CUTS: The end of James Murdoch?; NYT to name D.C. chief

Joe Pompeo

Our list of stories that should be on your morning media menu:

• A former News of the World editor who "could provide more details about which executives might have known about the illegal hacking at the Murdoch-owned tabloid and how widespread it was" is on his way to Britain to meet with police. (New York Times)

• The Guardian on James Murdoch: "Who are going to be the last men standing at the newspaper empire Rupert Murdoch built up over the last four decades? And will his son and heir-apparent, James, be among them?" (The Guardian)

• Elsewhere in News Corp., "The Daily is out with a new edition that erases some of the biggest complaints about the iPad tab." (paidContent)

• It looks like David Leonhardt will be the next New York Times D.C. chief. (Politico)

• "Times higher-ups have long considered the 38-year-old Leonhardt to be upper management material, and staffers throw around his name in the newsroom parlor game of who could someday become executive editor." (HuffPo)

• Demand Media is going after a blog devoted to making a case for why Demand Media "sucks." (Forbes)