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1:45 AM ET, April 27, 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.
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 …
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 …
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
FCC chairman Ajit Pai outlines plan to roll back Title II net neutrality rules, plans to release full proposal on April 27 for FCC vote on May 18  —  Vote to begin net neutrality rollback scheduled for May 18.  —  The Federal Communications Commission will vote next month to start the process …
Richard Smirke / Billboard:
IFPI Global Report 2017: 50%, or $7.8B, of all music sales come from digital; paid music subs hit 112M, with total streaming rev up 60% YoY to just over $3.9B  —  Increase of six percent is the highest year-over-year gain since the IFPI first started tracking the market in 1997.
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 …
A.J. Katz / TVNewser:
At a press conference, Fox News anchor Kelly Wright discussed racial discrimination at the network and his encounters with Bill O'Reilly  —  It's another chaotic morning for Fox News.  One day after veteran FNC anchor and reporter Kelly Wright announced that he was joining …
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
Sources: Drudge Report hires Daniel Halper, who was most recently Washington bureau chief of The New York Post and previously of The Weekly Standard  —  Matt Drudge, the founder and editor of the influential site, has hired Daniel Halper, two sources familiar with the move confirmed to POLITICO.
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Damien Gayle / The Guardian:
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