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2:30 PM ET, July 26, 2017


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Tristan Greene / The Next Web:
Sony adds a $10/month sports package option to its Playstation Vue TV streaming service; it offers NFL Redzone, some ESPN programming, more  —  Sony is trying to make cords go extinct by addressing one of the biggest concerns that holdouts have: live sporting events.
Bernie Arnason / Telecompetitor:
Sony signs deal with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), allowing NCTC members to include Playstation Vue in TV packages  —  In a sign of the times, two NCTC OTT deals were announced at this week's Independent Show, taking place in Indianapolis.
Discussion: Consumerist
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley denies rumors of a Fox News rival, contests recent reports of a conservative agenda, and says Tribune buyout will focus on technology  —  Of the many challenges Fox News Channel is facing amid a turbulent year, there's one threat Rupert Murdoch can cross off the list …
Sources: Facebook to debut a series of original, short-form videos from partners in mid-Aug., after a number of false starts; longer-form content to come later  —  Facebook's video tab start has been delayed several times  —  Company is asking partners to turn in first episodes now
Jessica Toonkel / Reuters:
Sources: Viacom has informed Scripps Network it is willing to purchase it in all-cash deal; a decision is expected within the next few days  —  (Reuters) - Viacom Inc has informed Scripps Networks Interactive it is willing to pay all cash to acquire the U.S. TV network operator, sources familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.
Q&A with The Hill's campaign editor Will Sommer on his newsletter Right Richter, a weekly round-up of right-wing news which now has 5.2K subscribers  —  A few days before the presidential election, Will Sommer wrote a story for Washington City Paper about a little D.C. pizzeria with a big problem.
Discussion: Vanity Fair
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Financial news network Cheddar announces Cheddar Local, news packages tailored for local TV stations, and partners with TEGNA and New York's News 12  —  On Tuesday, News 12 anchor Doug Geed did something that months ago would have been out of the ordinary for his Long Island-based TV station …
Discussion: @kantrowitz, Thanks:@jonsteinberg
Alex Stedman / Variety:
Ex-Fox News Latino VP Francisco Cortes, fired over sexual harassment complaint, sues the network for $48M, claiming he was a “scapegoat”  —  Fox News parent 21st Century Fox is continuing to see fallout from the network's sexual harassment scandal, and was hit with a different kind of lawsuit on Tuesday.
Mike Shields / Business Insider:
theSkimm names Brandon Berger, chief digital officer at Ogilvy and Mather, its new chief business officer as it aims to expand beyond its newsletter  —  - TheSkimm has hired ad veteran Brandon Berger as its first chief business officer.  — The plan is to help the newsletter company unlock different revenue streams.
Discussion: @theskimm
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
ITV profit down 16% to £259M in first half of 2017, advertising revenue down 8% to £769M; broadcaster raises dividend 5% to reassure investors  —  ITV is poised to hit Virgin Media with a hefty bill for carrying its main channel backed with a tacit threat of a blackout if it refuses to pay up.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
More than 80% of the Atlantic's revenue comes from digital sources, a consulting business, and live events such as the annual Washington Ideas Forum  —  The Atlantic has gotten very good at flipping conventional wisdom upside down.  —  A decade ago, like most traditional publications …
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