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7:35 PM ET, May 4, 2015


 Top News: 
Mark Joyella / TVNewser:
Senior vice president of outreach at Al Jazeera America, Marcy McGinnis, resigns; move follows departure of two top executives last week  —  Marcy McGinnis Resigns at Al Jazeera America  —  Marcy McGinnis, senior vice president of outreach at Al Jazeera America, has resigned, TVNewser has learned.
Discussion: CNNMoney, Politico, The Wrap and Variety
Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
Al Jazeera America CEO Fires Back at ‘Absurd’ $15 Million Anti-Semitism, Gender Bias Suit  —  Al Jazeera America interim CEO Ehab Al Shihabi fired back at a lawsuit filed last week that alleges anti-semitism and gender bias toward a former employee.  —  “The recent attacks on us as being anti-Semitic …
Discussion: Variety
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
In earnings call, Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts says company is disappointed over failed TWC merger but has moved on  —  Roberts: Customer Service, Execution Top Priorities  —  Says Disappointed TWC Terminated, Company Has ‘Moved On’  —  Comcast chairman and CEO Brian Roberts …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Comcast Q1 profit grows 10% to $2.06B, NBCUniversal revenue slips 4% to $6.6B
Tali Arbel / Associated Press:
Comcast now has more Internet subs than TV subs, company exec Neil Smit says in earnings call
Discussion: Forbes
Micah Singleton / The Verge:
Department of Justice looking closely at Apple as it pushes record labels to ditch free Spotify streaming ahead of Beats relaunch  —  Apple pushing music labels to kill free Spotify streaming ahead of Beats relaunch  —  The Department of Justice is looking closely into Apple's business practices …
Nat Ives / AdAge:
Vice TV Network Has Already Sold Three Years' Worth of Ad Time, CEO Says  —  Vice co-founder and CEO Shane Smith.  Credit: Christopher Lane for Ad Age  —  Vice Media has rung up a series of impressive deals in the past year or so, lining up a $250 million investment from A&E Networks …
Discussion: TVNewser, Capital New York and Quartz
Abid Rahman / Hollywood Reporter:
Vice Media Revenue on Track to Reach Close to $1 Billion This Year
Discussion: New York Times and @jyarow
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Condé Nast Names Joy Marcus, Former Head of Dailymotion, General Manager of Digital Video  —  Condé Nast Entertainment has hired Joy Marcus, who previously ran the U.S. operations for video site Dailymotion, as exec VP and G.M. of digital video.
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Chris Heller / The Atlantic:
The Business of The Onion: How America's Best Satirical News Source Makes Money … The Onion had a problem: It fell behind the times.  The mock newspaper hadn't printed an issue on actual paper since 2013, and in the period since, it never redesigned its website.
Wall Street Journal:
Brands are hiring journalists, building standalone publications around their product, market  —  Don't Sleep on Content Marketing  —  Many companies have hired editorial staffers in recent years to write content for their blogs and be their voices on social media.
Discussion: @rylanmi, @digitalshields and @jyarow
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
Factors behind Circa's failure include a dysfunctional mobile ad market, saturated mobile news market, and lack of editorial uniqueness  —  Circa: What went wrong  —  Circa, the clever smartphone news app, failed to live up to its promises.  The fiasco stems from the smartphone advertising …
Jonathan Mahler / New York Times:
Campaign Coverage via Snapchat Could Shake Up the 2016 Elections  —  During the 2008 presidential race, two online upstarts, Politico and The Huffington Post, elbowed their way onto the rope line and, for better or for worse, helped change the way campaigns were covered.  In 2012, it was BuzzFeed's turn.
Thomas Mocarsky / Katy on the Hill:
Periscope disabled prize fight streams in response to DMCA takedown requests  —  Periscope, the personal live streaming service, said that it took down 3o illegal streams of the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight in response to 66 DMCA [Digital Millennium Copyright Act] takedown requests from rights holders.
Discussion: AdAge, Mashable, @mathewi and New Yorker
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Neil Midgley / Guardian:
Sky News and BBC News channel face digital-driven reorganisations as they struggle to keep up with the speed of social media
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
By hosting live events, former magazine editor Tina Brown practices “theatrical journalism”
Caysey Welton / MinOnline:
Time Inc. hires JT Kostman as its first Chief Data Officer
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Fox Business reporter Charles Gasparino claims that Michael Bloomberg is interested in the New York Times, would pay $5B
Discussion: New York Post
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
NewFronts: Fullscreen Acquires Social Media Studio McBeard
Discussion: Adweek and The Wrap
 Earlier Picks: 
Matt Pearce / Los Angeles Times:
Two gunmen killed, officer shot outside Muhammad cartoon contest in Texas organized by conservative political personality Pamela Geller
Brendan Sasso / National Journal:
Democrats press FCC to require that super PACs disclose their major donors in TV and radio ads
Discussion: @lachlan