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2:55 PM ET, October 24, 2016


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / Recode:
The New York Times is buying online consumer guide The Wirecutter, founded by former Gizmodo editor-in-chief Brian Lam; sources say NYT will pay more than $30M  —  Brian Lam sells his online consumer guide to the paper of record.  —  The New York Times is buying The Wirecutter, a five-year-old online consumer guide.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson vows to maintain CNN's independence if AT&T-TWC merger succeeds, following concerns from ex-CNN president Tom Johnson  —  The chief executive of AT&T has pledged to maintain the journalistic independence of CNN if his company's $85 billion purchase of CNN's parent company, Time Warner, is completed.
Kara Swisher / Recode:
Resistance from Time Warner execs like Jeff Bewkes, head of HBO at the time, doomed the AOL merger, which raises questions about the prospects of the AT&T deal
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
If Trump loses, news organizations should break their ratings-driven habit of giving him heavy coverage  —  In the final pages of Richard Ben Cramer's seminal book about presidential politics, “What It Takes,” Michael Dukakis looks around in wonderment at the scene outside his Massachusetts home less …
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
MTV President Sean Atkins steps down after little over a year in the role, as the channel failed to reverse trend of downward ratings  —  EXCLUSIVE: Sean Atkins is stepping down as president of MTV a little more than a year after joining the network.  I've learned that Atkins opted to leave …
James Ball / BuzzFeed:
How WikiLeaks and Assange haven't changed, even though they're now darlings of the alt-right instead of the left  —  The Wikileaks founder is out to settle a score with Hillary Clinton and to reassert himself as a player on the world stage, says BuzzFeed News special correspondent James Ball, who worked for Assange at Wikileaks.
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed:
Trump's alt-right supporters have adopted a term popular during the Nazi regime, “lügenpresse,” meaning “lying press” in German, to discredit the media  —  “A sly reference,” says a white nationalist leader.  —  It's become a familiar routine by now …
Neil W. McCabe / Breitbart:
Former ESPN analyst Curt Schilling gets daily talk show on, starting Monday, broadcasting weekdays from 9am-11am ET  —  The pitching hero of the 2004 Red Sox World Series championship season told Breitbart News: Sunday Edition he launches his daily talk show Monday.
Ken Doctor / Politico:
Newsroom memo: Gannett to lay off another 2% of its workforce, about 350 or more positions in total  —  Layoffs come ahead of long-simmering Tronc deal  —  Gannett, the largest U.S newspaper company, is cutting another two percent of its workforce.  That cut, which should total about 350 …
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Viacom to test incorporating live streams from viewers into TV programs, is expected to debut the new tech in a new show on MTV Music in Australia in 2017
Lauren Johnson / Adweek:
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