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6:43 PM ET, April 26, 2017


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ESPN MediaZone:
Memo: ESPN President John Skipper announces layoffs are coming to the organization but does not confirm how many  —  ESPN has been actively engaged throughout its history in navigating changes in technology and fan behavior in order to continue to deliver quality, breakthrough content.
Source: ESPN to lay off 100 on-air personalities and writers plus a limited number of off-air jobs  —  ESPN plans to lay off 100 on-air personalities and writers, a source familiar with the matter told CNNMoney on Wednesday.  —  The job cuts, including television, radio and online personalities …
Kevin Draper / Deadspin:
A list of ESPN layoffs, as they become known  —  With phone calls and meetings beginning informing some ESPN employees that they have been laid off, word will slowly trickle out all day long about who they are.  There will be plenty of names you have heard of, as ESPN reorients their daily lineup of shows …
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
FCC chairman Ajit Pai outlines plan to loosen the government's oversight of ISPs and roll back net neutrality regulations  —  WASHINGTON — The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday outlined a sweeping plan to loosen the government's oversight of high-speed internet providers …
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Twitter beats Q1 estimates with $548M revenue and 328M MAUs, up 9M QoQ and 7M more than expected, and says DAUs are up 14% YoY; stock up 10%+  —  Twitter's business is shrinking, but not as much as Wall Street expected.  —  Twitter just had its best quarter of user growth since early 2015.
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Anthony Noto says Twitter is aiming to air live video 24 hours a day, every day inside its apps and site, will pitch handful of shows at NewFronts next week
Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Number of plaintiffs claiming racial discrimination and harassment at Fox News rises to 13 as anchor Kelly Wright joins suit, alleging involvement of Bill Shine
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
The staff of the East Bay Times have been told layoffs are coming to the paper, two weeks after winning a Pulitzer Prize  —  Earlier this month, the staff of the East Bay Times won a Pulitzer Prize for their breaking news coverage of the Oakland Ghost Ship Fire.  Last week, their editor informed them of coming newsroom layoffs.
Jeff Stein / Vox:
Interview with Bret Stephens, the NYT's new right-wing columnist, in which he defends his views on climate change and the campus rape epidemic  —  On April 12, the New York Times's vaunted editorial page got a new addition.  Bret Stephens, formerly a columnist at the Wall Street Journal …
Matthew Balan / Mediaite:
NYT reporter Glenn Thrush says Trump's press conferences are more democratic than Obama's were and that he's better at reaching out to individual journalists  —  Glenn Thrush of the New York Times made a surprising claim about President Donald Trump in relation to his predecessor, Barack Obama …
Damien Gayle / The Guardian:
Reporters Without Borders knocks the UK down to number 40 in its World Press Freedom Index, citing country's surveillance laws and espionage act proposal  —  Reporters Without Borders says Britain is approaching tipping point in wake of passage of Investigatory Powers Act
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