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5:00 PM ET, May 11, 2015

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Nic Christensen / mUmBRELLA:
Toronto Star scrapped digital paywall as it was ‘expensive’ and had a ‘high churn’ rate  —  Julie Murtha speaking at the INMA World Congress in New York  —  Executives from the Toronto Star have admitted paywalls did not work for them and said promoting stories inside the newspaper is a waste of time …
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Todd Spangler / Variety:   For the first time, pay TV subs declined in Q1, industry contracting at rate of 0.5% per year
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Bloomberg Politics co-host Mark Halperin apologizes to presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz for interview questions focusing on his Cuban heritage  —  Mark Halperin apologizes to Ted Cruz  —  Bloomberg Politics co-host Mark Halperin apologized to Sen. Ted Cruz on Monday for a recent interview …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Jack Shafer ‘let go’ from Ethicist team by New York Times Magazine  —  The New York Times Magazine's three-person approach to its storied Ethicist column is already showing signs of wobbliness.  Politico media critic Jack Shafer, one of the experts tapped for a slightly renamed version of the column …
Discussion: New York Times and FishbowlNY
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Mark Luckie, Twitter's manager of journalism and news, leaving to focus on his forthcoming book  —  Mark Luckie to leave Twitter  —  Mark Luckie, the former Washington Post social media editor who is now manager of journalism and news at Twitter, is leaving the social media company, he announced Monday.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Dish Drops 134,000 Satellite-TV Subscribers in Q1, Blaming Programming Disputes  —  Dish Network dropped a net 134,000 satellite-TV customers in the first three months of 2015 — with the satcaster blaming ongoing programming spats for the sizable loss.  —  The company, in a regulatory filing Monday …
Discussion: Home Media Magazine
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Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
Dish Network earnings beat expectations, reports $3.7B revenue, profit doubles to $351M
Margaret Sullivan / New York Times:
‘More Like a Book Launch’ — The Times's Push to Build Buzz for Its Nail Salon Series  —  The Times's series of stories on the abused and underpaid young women who are the employees of New York City's omnipresent nail salons has hit big since it appeared online Thursday.
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
New Al Jazeera America CEO Al Anstey promises no news spin and a focus on integrity  —  AJAM's New Boss Aims to ‘Bring the Team Together’  —  Al Anstey, the newly-installed CEO of Al Jazeera America will be arriving in America tonight to take on his next challenge.
Discussion: Mercury News, The Wrap and Politico
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
News Digest App “NYT Now” Drops Subscription Pricing, Offers Brand Sponsorships Instead  —  The New York Times said today it's ditching the paid subscription model for its mobile app NYT Now, after failing to convert a significant number of mobile users to subscribers.
AFP:
Al Jazeera reporter Mohamed Fahmy sues network for $100M in Canadian court over Egypt detention, says network was negligent, supported blacklisted Islamists  —  Al-Jazeera reporter sues network for $100m over Egypt detention  —  Canadian Mohamed Fahmy, awaiting a retrial for allegedly supporting …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast Hires Carlyle Group's Michael Cavanagh as CFO  —  Comcast on Monday named Michael Cavanagh, previously a top exec at asset-management firm Carlyle Group, as the cable and programming conglomerate's chief financial officer.  —  His appointment comes after the company said in March …
 
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William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Phone-hacking victim and Murdoch ‘scourge’ Chris Bryant appointed shadow culture secretary
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HBO's Game of Thrones breaks TV piracy records: latest episode downloaded 2.2M times worldwide, less than 12 hours after airing on TV
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Brian Williams Wants His Job Back Now, but NBC Isn't So Sure
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