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2:45 PM ET, August 9, 2017


 Top News: 
Pew Research Center:
NPR programming across all stations rose to about 30M average weekly listeners in 2016, up 14% YoY; revenue up 9% YoY to $213M  —  MORE FACT SHEETS: STATE OF THE NEWS MEDIA  —  Hundreds of local and regional radio and television stations comprise the U.S. public media system.
Discussion: Pew Research Center
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Tribune Media reports a Q2 loss of $30.4M, compared with a year-ago loss of $161.6M, and quarterly revenue dropping 2% to $469.5M  —  Programming costs at the firm, which Sinclair has agreed to buy, rose, including $20 million of “additional expense related to the strategic shift toward …
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Disney to end Netflix film distribution deal in 2019, will launch ESPN streaming service in 2018 and Disney streaming services in 2019  —  Disney will end its distribution deal with Netflix and launch its own streaming service, the company announced today.  It intends to launch the service in 2019.
The Walt Disney Company:
Disney will pay $1.58B to acquire additional 42% stake in BAMTech, making it a majority stakeholder
Alexios Mantzarlis / Poynter:
Mozilla launches the Mozilla Information Trust Initiative, with the aim of combatting online misinformation through new products, research, more  —  Mozilla, the nonprofit organization behind the Firefox browser, announced today a new program to combat online misinformation.
Discussion: The Mozilla Blog
David Faber / CNBC:
Sources: French telecom giant Altice and its US subsidiary, Altice USA, are working on a bid for Charter Communications  —  - The French telecom giant and its U.S. cable subsidiary, Altice USA, are working on an offer to buy Charter, according to people close to the situation.
Melody Kramer / Poynter:
Interview with Jacob Hoffman-Andrews, EFF's senior staff technologist, on increasing user trust by decreasing the use of third-party trackers  —  Last year, Steven Englehardt and Arvind Narayanan at Princeton University looked at the top 1 million sites on the internet and found …
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
BuzzFeed Germany is struggling to attract readers and advertisers, with just 3.5M monthly unique visitors in June and less than 500K likes on Facebook  —  With Germany's federal election coming up Sept. 24, BuzzFeed Germany is pushing further into news and politics coverage …
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
President Trump continues tweeting against The Washington Post and The New York Times in apparent effort to delegitimize outside sources of information  —  THE MORNING PLUM:  —  In recent days, President Trump has escalated his assaults on the “Fake News” media and other institutions …
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Interview with John Stankey, the current head of AT&T's entertainment group who will run Time Warner post-acquisition  —  “Investment in content is going to increase,” says John Stankey in his first interview since being named to oversee HBO, Warner Bros. and CNN as he reveals …
Chris Ariens / Adweek:
Bloomberg to launch management consultancy unit using data from terminals, research arms, and analysts, will charge businesses $150K-$200K/month  —  Tapping its deep resources to provide consulting services for businesses  —  Bloomberg is leveraging its vast reach in financial data …
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Dallas Morning News:
Belo, parent of Dallas Morning News, says it will outsource much ad creation and production work to Gannett, resulting in 45 layoffs
Discussion: @nbj914 and News & Tech
Natt Garun / The Verge:
ACLU sues Maine's governor for deleting Facebook comments and blocking users, a week after suing KY, MD governors and a month after Knight institute sued Trump
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David Uberti / Splinter:
Breitbart names a NYT reporter working on story about government secrecy, lists those who received email from her, and says the reporting demonstrates collusion