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8:45 PM ET, August 9, 2016


 Top News: 
Tobias Burns / Hollywood Reporter:
CNN Reliable Sources host Brian Stelter says Fox News employee once dated him to gather intelligence for the network, while he ran the TVNewser blog  —  The ‘Reliable Sources’ host said Fox News spied on him under the cover of a romance with one of the network's staffers.
Kyle Blaine / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Tantaros' initial allegations of inappropriate behavior didn't name Ailes, complaints only made after Fox News accused her of breach of contract  —  Through a lawyer, Tantaros has alleged her removal was retaliation for complaints against Roger Ailes.
Sarah Ellison / Vanity Fair:
Sources: Fox in eight-figure settlement talks with Gretchen Carlson over Ailes lawsuit; tapes of Ailes in conversation with multiple women could become public
Edmund Lee / Recode:
Disney buys a 33% stake for $1B in streaming firm BAMTech, now spun out of MLB digital business, and plans streaming sports network  —  If cord-cutting ever gets bad, Disney now has an easier way to go direct to consumer.  —  Disney is buying a one-third stake in streaming video company BAM Tech …
Akin Oyedele / Business Insider:
Disney beats Q3 targets with revenue of $14.28B vs $14.16B expected, confirms $1B investment in MLB's BAMTech  —  Disney on Wednesday reported third-quarter revenue and profit that was better than Wall Street had expected.  —  It also announced that it bought a minority stake in BAMTech …
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Twitter opens Moments to more partners, brands, and influencers, will open to all in coming months  —  Twitter is opening up its Moments feature to users, but only if you're one of its select influencers, brands, or partners.  The company revealed that it has given certain “groups of creators” …
Michael Kinsley / Vanity Fair:
Renewed focus on data in journalism by people like Vox's Ezra Klein and The New York Times' Nate Cohn can lead to pompous “analysis” and arcane distinctions  —  As the Internet changes journalism, one clear trend is a focus on data, championed by the likes of Vox's Ezra Klein and The New York Times's Nate Cohn.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
BitTorrent will offer 25 creators cash grants from $2,500 to $100K as well as promotional support through its new Discovery Fund, for 10-30 days of exclusivity  —  Over the past few years, BitTorrent has worked to move beyond its associations with online piracy by giving tools to musicians …
Discussion:, Forbes, Variety and Engadget
Lynne Marek / Chicago Business:
Aggrego's Sun Times Network, envisioned by Michael Ferro to cover 70 cities through aggregation, ends as one page of outdated national news and “native” ads  —  As Tronc Chairman Michael Ferro spearheads digital journalism at one of the country's biggest newspaper companies …
Discussion: The Awl - Medium and @lynnemarek
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
News Corp profits fall 28% YoY to $684M, revenue for news and information services division falls 7% or $393M to $5.338B  —  Rupert Murdoch's News Corp has reported a 28 per cent decline in profit to $684m for the year to the end of June.  —  The latest fiscal report, for the US-based company …
Max Mason / Financial Review:   News Corp. Chief Exec predicts real estate revenue will become biggest driver of company earnings in future, after real estate services grow 32% YoY to $US822M
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
New York Times assigns Cairo bureau chief Declan Walsh to cover U.S. elections as part of global effort to reach international readers  —  It's an old political ritual: Every four years, in the lead up to the U.S. political conventions, Democrats and Republicans debate amongst themselves the contents of their party platforms.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Wall Street Journal's digital subscriptions total 948K at end of the 2016 fiscal year, up 25.9% YoY from 753K  —  The Wall Street Journal digital subscribers totaled 948,000 at the end of the 2016 fiscal year, according to a company news release on Monday.  —  That's compared to 753,000 in the prior year, or up 25.9 percent.
Discussion: Cision
Lisa Beilfuss / Wall Street Journal:
Scripps Networks Interactive reports Q2 profit of $184.6M, down from $193.7M a year ago, 22% increase in revenue to $892.8M; ad sales are 70% of total revenue  —  Profit fell to $184.6 million in the second quarter on restructuring costs  —  Scripps Networks Interactive Inc. said advertising sales …
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Kristen Hare / Poynter:
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
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Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal:
NBCU signs programming deal with Snapchat, will create original shows for the social network, drawing on talent from SNL, The Tonight Show
Discussion: Fast Company