September 24, 2013 Last Updated 9:02 am

Morning Media News Briefs: Murdoch’s hacking scandal now has a price tag; Trinity Mirror fast-tracks digital version of Sunday People…

There are lots of media news items today so it makes sense to line them up and let you have at them. The biggest story might be that a former FBI agent has pleaded guilty to leaking to the AP, but the reaction from the press has been muted – possibly due to additional charges against the same person for child pornography. How convenient – who wants to go to bat for a child pornographer, right?

This morning’s round-up:

AP-FB_leakerThe New York Times: A former F.B.I. agent has agreed to plead guilty to leaking classified information to The Associated Press about a foiled bomb plot in Yemen last year, the Justice Department announced Monday. In a twist, the former agent had already been under investigation in a separate child pornography case, and he has also agreed to a guilty plea in it.

Press Gazette: Rupert Murdoch’s media empire has spent $382m (£238m) over the past two years on legal fees dealing with the aftermath of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.

SundayPeople-front-lgThe Guardian The Guardian: Trinity Mirror has fast-tracked plans to launch a seven-day digital version of the Sunday People ahead of its long-awaited print makeover.

Wired: Failed smartphone maker BlackBerry has agreed to sell itself to Canadian financiers for less than $5 billion, ending one of the most spectacular declines in recent tech history.

(You can read the official announcement from Blackberry here.) The digital revolution that’s been sweeping the San Francisco library system is coming to one of the last bastions of traditional media in the Main Library – the Magazines and Newspapers Center on the fifth floor.

Starting sometime in October, the library will launch the “eNews Center,” where six iPads (bolted down to the table, of course) will be loaded with 650 newspapers in 38 languages from 76 different countries. The service is already available for library cardholders online.

zinio_logo_extra_smallBlogTO: The Toronto Public Library has just given another reason to love having a library card, and to enjoy this benefit you won’t even need to leave your house. TPL has partnered with leading digital newsstand provider Zinio to give members access to digital magazines for free.

Libraries are increasingly becoming digital hubs due to the mass adoption of e-readers and tablets so this program is right on trend for Toronto. With just a library card and internet access, Toronto card holders will can digitally borrow over 300 magazine titles from both US and Canadian Publishers – anything from Canadian staples like Maclean’s and Canadian Living to popular US mags like Cosmo, Men’s Health, The Economist and even O Magazine.

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