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Media Roundup: Boston Globe, Build Up That Wall!

Following this week's announcement that the Boston Globe and Boston.com will become two separate websites in 2011, Bruce Allen details how they got it right with the sports section, and then takes a look at a pair of documentaries featuring the 2004 Red Sox.

The news on Thursday that the Boston Globe and Boston.com would be made into two separate websites in 2011, one pay and one free, was met with interest and skepticism from various corners.

So this means we'll have to pay in order to read Dan Shaughnessy's latest ripjob, right?

The original article made no mention of the fact, but later in the day, a Boston.com sports producer, Zuri Berry tweeted the following:

The good news about all of this two websites business is that all of sports will be free. Sports fans have nothing to worry about.

If this piece of information is true, that my entire opinion changes of what the Globe is doing. Sports articles are among the most-read stories on the page. To keep them free will generate much good-will, but I can't imagine it's all just a magnanimous gesture on the part of the Globe. They surely realize the quantity and quality of competition out there for sports coverage in this market, and if they sudden chose to shut that off to all non-subscribers, these ones would just go elsewhere. This at least keeps those existing readers coming back with the potential of being enticed to purchase some subscription material.

That also means you get to keep reading (or ignoring) Shaughnessy, just as you've always done.

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The Red Sox may be out of the playoffs, but fans get to enjoy two opportunities to revisit the glory of 2004. The first was this week on PBS with Ken Burns' The Tenth Inning. Next Tuesday on ESPN, fans will be treated to the 30-for-30 presentation of Four Days In October which chronicles the Red Sox amazing comeback in the 2004 ALCS.

The PBS program was spread across Tuesday and Wednesday night this week -- with the Red Sox material very prominent on Wednesday night -- and was a nice review of the last two decades in the sport of baseball. It was perhaps a bit annoying that Mike Barnicle and Doris Kearns Goodwin were once again the designated Red Sox fans, but the overall excellence of the program overshadowed the negatives.

The one-hour ESPN production looks amazing from the trailer, though much of that footage was also in The Tenth Inning. I'll be curious to see how much overlap there is between the two.

Comings and Goings

Jessica Camerato, who has covered the Celtics for the last two season for WEEI.com, has moved over to CSNNE.com to cover the team for that outlet. Meanwhile, WEEI.com has added Ben Rohrbach to the Celtics beat. Albert Breer leaves the Globe for the NFL Network following Monday night's Patriots/Dolphins game. As I reported on BSMW Monday, Greg A Bedard, who covers the Packers for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, is a favorite to replace Breer at the Globe. (ed. note -- Bedard officially announced the move Thursday.) Bedard, a Lincoln-Sudbury product (as is Breer) would be a strong hire for the NFL/Patriots beat. NESN added another outlet for its NESN National channel, signing up the Tampa and Orlando markets this week through Bright House Networks in Florida.

Links of the Week:

Shaq, Celtics take aim at Heat target

If you're a Celtics fan, you've got to be stoked after reading this Adrian Wojnarowski piece on the rancor the Celtics feel for the Miami Heat.

Moss vs. Media latest in a long line of beefs

Jerry Thornton of WEEI.com looks at why many superstar athletes in Boston find themselves the target of the media.

Tweet of the Week:

I'm all about providing Dolphins fans the information they crave, but we need to be smarter about not giving away a competitive advantage.Wed Sep 29 12:46:59 via web

Mr Kelly is a Dolphins beat writer for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

If you look at some of his Tweets before and after this one, you can see that he is genuinely worried that he and his colleagues might accidentally pass along some bit of information that the opposition (in this case, the Patriots) might use against the Dolphins and gain a competitive advantage.

Can you even fathom the idea of a writer in Boston doing this? Not that Bill Belichick would ever give out this type of information, but Kelly, who interned at the Globe a few years back, seems to actually consider he and his colleagues to be part of the team -- and rather than reporting key information, would seem willing to hold it back if it might help the opponent.

That would be unthinkable here.