FIRST CUTS: Spotlight on Murdoch, Hinton; MSNBC turns 15

Joe Pompeo

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

• In his first significant public statements on the latest phone-hacking developments, Rupert Murdoch defended News Corp.'s handling of the situation. (WSJ)

• Jeremy Peters profiles former News International and current Dow Jones chief Les Hinton. (NYT)

• No known phone hacking at the New York Post, but journalists who used to work there say there's been Facebook hacking and other ethical lapses at the tabloid. (Adweek)

• How the newsweeklies are handling hack coverage. (WWD)

• Jeff Bercovici chatted with MSNBC head Phil Griffin to mark the network's 15th anniversary. (Forbes)

• Meet Katie Couric's digital media strategist. (HuffPo)