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5:55 AM ET, October 25, 2016


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / Recode:
The New York Times acquires online consumer guide The Wirecutter, founded by former Gizmodo editor-in-chief Brian Lam; sources say NYT will pay more than $30M  —  The New York Times is buying The Wirecutter, a five-year-old online consumer guide.  The Times will pay more than $30 million …
Issie Lapowsky / Wired:
Trump's campaign to launch nightly news show on Facebook Live tonight, hosted by advisers Boris Epshteyn and Cliff Sims, with TheBlaze commentator Tomi Lahren  —  Welcome to the Donald Trump show!  —  Tonight, the Trump campaign is kicking off a show that will air on the candidate's Facebook …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson vows to maintain CNN's independence if AT&T-Time Warner 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 …
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.
Jonah Engel Bromwich / New York Times:
Lawyers for Adnan Syed, whose murder case was spotlighted on Serial in 2014, have asked a Maryland court that he be released on bail while he awaits new trial  —  Lawyers for Adnan Syed, whose murder case was spotlighted on the popular “Serial” podcast in 2014, said on Monday that they had filed …
Ricardo Bilton / Nieman Lab:
The Financial Times removed words from stories to convince readers to whitelist its site.  47% agreed  —  Hope isn't lost for media organizations trying to get readers to stop blocking their ads.  Maybe all they have to do is ask.  —  In July, The Financial Times ran a 30-day experiment …
Discussion: Press Gazette
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 …
Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Interview with Keith Olbermann on The Closer, his GQ election season video series, which has attracted about 25M views over more than 20 installments  —  Keith Olbermann knows the question before it is asked: How, after a career spent anchoring news and sports shows on ESPN, MSNBC, NBC and Fox …
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 …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
The WHCA expresses “profound concern” at the failure of both Clinton and Trump campaigns to establish a protective pool for post-election press access  —  The White House Correspondents' Association says not having a protective pool would be a “serious breach of historical precedent.”
Discussion: Politico, The Week, @atompkins and TVNewser
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Ken Doctor / Politico:
Newsroom memo: Gannett to lay off another 2% of its workforce, about 350 or more positions in total
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
Discussion: @bristei
 Earlier Picks: 
Neil W. McCabe / Breitbart:
Former ESPN analyst Curt Schilling gets daily talk show on, starting Monday, broadcasting weekdays from 9am-11am ET
Lauren Johnson / Adweek:
Bezos talks at conference about paywalls, micro-payments, The Washington Post's editorial independence, Trump and the media, and Peter Thiel
Discussion: Forbes
Derek Thompson / The Atlantic:
Interview with Tim Wu about his new book The Attention Merchants, the origins of modern advertising, and the effects of ads on journalism
Discussion: The Awl - Medium