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3:55 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
Chris Ariens / TVNewser:
New Al Jazeera CEO Al Anstey sends memo to employees, says it's critical they uphold integrity at Al Jazeera America  —  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
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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:
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.
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.
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 …
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Meredith Levien's plan to save (or at least make money for) The New York Times  —  On Feb. 13, The New York Times news staff gathered to remember one of its most beloved writers, the media columnist David Carr, who had died suddenly at his desk the day before.
Discussion: @digiday, @choire, @lmoses and Digiday
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Phone-hacking victim and Murdoch ‘scourge’ Chris Bryant appointed shadow culture secretary  —  Labour MP Chris Bryant (pictured, Reuters) has been named as the shadow culture secretary, replacing Harriet Harman, who has held the position since 2011.  —  Bryant, who is a phone-hacking victim …
Discussion: Guardian
 
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Steve Hardy / The Advocate:
LSU students develop app to immediately share violent police encounter videos with newsrooms
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
HBO's Game of Thrones breaks TV piracy records: latest episode downloaded 2.2M times worldwide, less than 12 hours after airing on TV
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Brian Williams Wants His Job Back Now, but NBC Isn't So Sure
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