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8:20 AM ET, April 27, 2016


 Top News: 
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
Tribune Publishing's Michael Ferro criticizes Gannett for pressing for board decision on $400M takeover bid before he can unveil strategic plan on May 4  —  Tribune Publishing Chairman Michael Ferro says Gannett is ‘trying to steal the company’  —  Chicago's Tribune Tower.
Andrew Ross Sorkin / New York Times:
How Tribune Publishing's non-executive chairman, Michael Ferro, who has virtually no media experience, is expanding his control of the company's board
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Comcast in talks to buy DreamWorks Animation for $3B+, would likely merge DreamWorks with Universal Pictures  —  Comcast in Talks to Buy DreamWorks for More Than $3 Billion  —  Deal would join DreamWorks with Comcast's Universal Pictures  —  Comcast Corp. is in talks …
Peter Sterne / Politico:
Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John L. Smith resigns after paper prevented him from writing about Sheldon Adelson and another casino owner, Steve Wynn  —  Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist resigns  —  Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist John L. Smith resigned from the paper on Tuesday …
Peter Sterne / Politico:
Esquire removes satirical article by “Prof. Jeff Jarvis” after request from real Jeff Jarvis  —  Esquire removes satirical article after criticism  —  Late on Tuesday night, removed a satirical article written by Rurik Bradbury that it had published online earlier in the day.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple Music now has 13 million paying subscribers, up from 11 million in February  —  Alongside its announcement of Apple's quarterly earnings, its first revenue decline since 2003, Apple has also announced latest numbers for Apple Music, its $9.99 per month streaming music service.
Joshua Topolsky:
Next age of media must include compelling stories for specific audiences, not just quantity aimed at digital scale  —  Your Media Business Will Not Be Saved  —  Video will not save your media business.  Nor will bots, newsletters, a “morning briefing” app, a “lean back” iPad experience …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Twitter reports mixed Q1 with $595M in revenue, up 36% YoY but less than $608M expected, 310M MAUs, up 3% YoY; stock drops 13%+ after hours  —  Twitter's woes continue on Q1 sales of $595M, a sluggish 310M MAUs and weak guidance  —  Twitter reported its Q1 earnings today, and they're not great.
Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Judges rules against Bill Cosby getting notes from New York magazine reporter  —  NEW YORK — The comedian Bill Cosby lost his bid on Tuesday to force the publisher of New York magazine to comply with a subpoena seeking reporters' notes and other material for a cover story …
Alexandra Alter / New York Times:
Barnes & Noble's Longtime Leader, Leonard Riggio, Is Stepping Down  —  When Leonard Riggio bought Barnes & Noble in 1971, it consisted of a single struggling store in Manhattan.  Over time, with swagger and an unwavering belief in the value of physical bookstores, he turned it into the country's largest bookselling chain.
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
AT&T Loses 54K Video Customers in Q1  —  328K DirecTV additions can't offset U-Verse TV declines  —  AT&T lost a total of 54,000 video subscribers in the first quarter, as increases at its DirecTV satellite TV service couldn't overcome continued declines at its U-Verse TV offering.
Colin Lecher / The Verge:
How FCC's reallocation of TV spectrum to the wireless industry over the next few years will work  —  How the FCC's massive airwaves auction will change America — and your phone service  —  The system that underpins wireless communication in the United States is about to dramatically change.
Peter Sterne / Politico:
The New Republic names Eric Bates editor and owner Win McCormack editor in chief  —  The New Republic hires Eric Bates as editor  —  Eric Bates will be the next editor of The New Republic, the magazine announced on Tuesday.  —  Bates is the the former executive editor of Rolling Stone …
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Alex Weprin / Politico:
Former MSNBC anchor Alex Wagner joins The Atlantic as senior editor, will also play role in live events and video projects
Mike Shields / Wall Street Journal:
YouTube capturing only a sliver of TV ad spending, with higher CPMs and content quality among the major concerns for advertisers
Olivier Laurent / TIME:
Getty Images files EU antitrust complaint against Google for scraping pics from websites, displaying and allowing downloads of hi-res images
Alex Weprin / Politico:
Source: Conservative news site The Blaze, owned by Glenn Beck, loses co-founder and Editor-in-Chief Scott
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Times-Picayune managing editor for print, Adriana Garcia, amongst 2016-17 JSK fellows
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Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Turner Broadcasting to launch ad-free subscription streaming video service, FilmStruck, aimed at film nerds this fall; price still being determined
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix's Making a Murderer creators and The Onion among winners at the 20th annual Webby Awards
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Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Pamela Wasserstein takes over as CEO at New York Media as it grows its digital properties and launches Select All, a new tech and culture site led by Max Read
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
New York Times plans to close Paris editing and press operations, eliminating or relocating up to 70 jobs
Nieman Foundation News:
Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard announces the 79th class of Nieman Fellows