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11:20 PM ET, July 9, 2015


 Top News: 
Robert Feder:
Ira Glass takes ownership of This American Life from Chicago Public Media in exchange for ongoing profits from the show and spinoff Serial  —  Ira Glass owns all of ‘This American Life’  —  Twenty years after Ira Glass launched “This American Life” at WBEZ FM 91.5, the host and executive producer …
Josh Dzieza / The Verge:
Inside quirky, self-funded and profitable The Awl: annual revenue in low seven figures, relative freedom for writers, and a cautious growth strategy  —  Why are the most important people in media reading The Awl?  —  In March, at the Code/Media conference in Dana Point, California …
Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
Fusion launches in-house ‘news lab,’ plans NoHo office space  —  Fusion's New York-based digital team, having added to its ranks, moved out of the ABC News building earlier this year and has been working in a temporary office space.  But, this fall, Fusion will be moving into a new …
BBC cuts: government forced to publish licence fee deal letter  —  Publication of letter from George Osborne and John Whittingdale to director general fuels fears that corporation faces further reductions in funding  —  The government was forced to publish the letter outlining details …
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
BBC spending to be cut by 20% in real terms over five years
Discussion: Variety
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
ESPN reporter tweets player's medical charts, and ethical questions erupt  —  New York Giants player Jason Pierre-Paul apparently had a finger amputated on Wednesday.  The reason we know that — the publication of a private medical record — is now the subject of a robust debate.
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
ESPN takes hard line in talent negotiations as it tightens spending, focuses on safeguarding its lucrative pay TV business instead  —  ESPN Tightens Its Belt as Pressure on It Mounts  —  Competition in the pay-TV industry is rising and subscribers are trimming cable bills
Discussion: @mathewi, The Big Lead and @jyarow
David Friend / Toronto Star:
Canada's Postmedia reports loss of $140.8M for Q3 as print ad revenue fell 20.2% to $19.1M; loss includes impairment charge after Sun Media acquisition  —  Postmedia losses mount as revenue declines speed up  —  The owner of the National Post and numerous major city dailies reported a loss of $140.8 million.
Abigail Edge / TheMediaBriefing:
NPR and Panoply see podcasting as a way to reach “advertising-resistant consumers”  —  NPR and Panoply on the economics of podcasting  —  Advertising, Devices, Digital Media, Mobile  —  Podcasting is having a bit of a moment right now.  Although video tends to dominate discussion …
Discussion: @kevglobal and @howsoundtweets
Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Zealot Networks, the company run by ex-Maker Studios CEO Danny Zapping, buys aggregator ViralNova in cash-and-stock deal that could eventually be worth $100M  —  YouTube Pioneer Danny Zappin Buys Facebook Content Factory ViralNova  —  ViralNova, one of the first sites to figure …
Michael Wolff / MIT Technology Review:
Publishers should feel existentially threatened by Facebook Instant Articles ad revenue split, not be embracing it  —  Facebook Instant Articles Just Don't Add Up for Publishers  —  Publishers like the New York Times should be having an existential crisis over Facebook's instant articles.
Discussion: @jason_pontin and @michaelwolffnyc
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