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4:55 AM ET, November 4, 2015


 Top News: 
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Jon Stewart Inks Four-Year Deal With HBO, Will Focus On Digital Content First  —  Jon Stewart and HBO have concluded an exclusive four-year production pact, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.  The partnership marks the next phase of Stewart's groundbreaking career …
Peter Sterne / Politico:
Ahead of closing deal with 21st Century Fox, National Geographic is laying off about 9% of 2K staff, also offering buyouts  —  Ahead of Fox close, National Geographic starts cutting staff  —  Ahead of its acquisition by 21st Century Fox, National Geographic is beginning to eliminate staff through …
Leslie Picker / New York Times:
When asked if Netflix would create a live evening newscast, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says he doesn't “invest in things that are dying”  —  Netflix's Reed Hastings Sees Need for More Content  —  Attention cable cord-cutters: Do not expect to see live sports or evening newscasts on Netflix anytime soon.
Discussion: The Wrap, The Verge, Fortune and LostRemote
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
BBC SVP Nick Ascheim named SVP of digital for MSNBC and NBC News; Julian March of NBC and Richard Wolffe of MSNBC leaving company  —  Digital arms of NBC News, MSNBC united under new executive  —  Nick Ascheim has been named senior vice president of digital for MSNBC and NBC News in a shakeup …
Financial Times:
Forbes family sues Chinese investors over deal  —  The family behind Forbes magazine has sued the Chinese investors that acquired a majority stake in the US business publisher last year, alleging that they have refused to pay a substantial portion of the promised price.
Dale Kasler / Sacramento Bee:
McClatchy Co. back in compliance with New York exchange  —  Sacramento-based publisher's share price back above $1  —  The McClatchy Co. said Monday it's no longer in danger of being delisted by the New York Stock Exchange.  —  Sacramento-based McClatchy, which owns The Sacramento Bee …
Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
Cablevision misses earnings expectations, reporting 68% drop in income year over year after earlier announcement to sell to Altice  —  Cablevision Misses Earnings, Revenue Targets After Announcing Sale to Altice  —  Cablevision (CVC) missed earnings and revenue projections for the third quarter …
Cork Gaines / Business Insider:
Bill Simmons' new podcast is putting up massive numbers  —  It has only been one month since Bill Simmons launched his new podcast, “The Bill Simmons Podcast,” and so far the results have been huge.  —  Simmons announced on Friday that his show is “closing in on seven million listens” in the show's debut month.
Discussion: @mgsiegler
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Chromecast Can Now Stream Live Television With Added Sling TV Support  —  Sling TV, Dish's streaming live TV service that offers a variety of cable TV channels, including ESPN, is now available on Google's Chromecast.  The forthcoming addition of Sling TV support was first announced in September …
Suzan Fraser / Associated Press:
Turkey: 2 editors arrested accused of inciting uprising  —  ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkish authorities on Tuesday arrested two editors of a political weekly on charges of inciting an armed uprising against the government for suggesting on the magazine's front page that the aftermath …
Vikas SN / The Economic Times:
Mashable goes live in India nine months after initial launch with a dedicated team based in Mumbai and New Delhi  —  Mashable debuts India edition nine months after initial launch … US-based digital news publication Mashable has gone live with its Indian edition, about nine months after the initial launch.
Joe Pompeo / Politico:
New York Times to re-tool video operation, with buyouts and new hires  —  The New York Times is offering buyouts to employees in its video department while also recruiting new video talent.  —  Effective Tuesday, all members of the video staff will be eligible to apply for a buyout …
Discussion: Media Wire Daily and Poynter
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 More News: 
Ravi Somaiya / New York Times:
Boston Globe Owner Set to Start Health News Website
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
MPAA claims responsibility for shutting down and torrent site YTS
Discussion: The Verge
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
CBS beats Q3 earnings estimates with $0.88 EPS, narrowly misses revenue estimates with $3.26B, compared to $3.37B in same quarter of 2014
Garett Sloane / Digiday:
Source: Snapchat in talks with publishers about increasing number and frequency of ads served in Discover channels
Frédéric Filloux / Monday Note:
News aggregation app News Republic receives 12M uniques a month
Discussion: Digiday
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
How the New York Times is approaching notifications: increasing personalization, including storytelling, and more effective tracking
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Vice and A&E Networks confirm new TV channel, to be called Viceland, launching in February with Oscar winner Spike Jonze as creative director
Jeanine Poggi / Ad Age:
Hulu Offers No Commercial Interruptions for Viewers Who Interact With One Ad Upfront
 Earlier Picks: 
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Political candidates refuse to sign letter to TV networks making demands about debates
Ed Sherman / Poynter:
ESPN's mistake was not killing Grantland earlier
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
Localore launches 15 new public media projects to cover diverse communities across America
Discussion: @oditor