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6:35 PM ET, October 30, 2017


 Top News: 
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
Netflix to cancel its first original series, House of Cards, after next season; execs meeting with cast and crew in wake of Kevin Spacey assault allegations  —  Netflix drama “House of Cards” will end with its upcoming sixth season, Variety has learned.  Production has begun …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources: at CNN, staff fear parent company Time Warner's merger with AT&T will lead to the ouster of the network's President Jeff Zucker  —  The good news, however, is that the network's future overlords in Dallas are now willing to publicly support Jeff Zucker.  But what will things look like in a year?
Lisa de Moraes / Deadline:
MSNBC has confirmed it has terminated Mark Halperin's contract, after HBO and Penguin Press both sever ties  —  MSNBC this morning confirmed to Deadline it has terminated Mark Halperin's contract.  —  News comes days after CNN first reported claims of five women, who spoke on condition of anonymity …
The Daily Beast:
The New Republic's publisher, Hamilton Fish, takes leave after harassment allegations involving “a number of women employees”, according to its owner  —  Hamilton Fish V, the publisher of The New Republic, is taking a leave of absence from running the century-old magazine pending …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
YouTube TV debuts a standalone app for Android TV and Xbox One devices today, coming to Apple TV, smart TVs in coming weeks; no plans shared for Amazon app  —  The video giant's pay TV effort is expanding  —  Over the last five years, major cable and satellite television providers in the US …
The Guardian:
Suspect in killing of Swedish journalist Kim Wall admits to dismembering her body after first denying it, maintains death was accidental  —  Danish police say Peter Madsen has changed his story, but still maintains Kim Wall died in an accident while on board his submarine
Consumerist: ceases publication as a standalone site, folds into parent organization Consumer Reports  —  Please pardon the interruption...  This is our last post on  We're deeply proud of all the work we've done on behalf of consumers, from exposing shady practices …
Pete Vernon / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at Dirty John, a six-part true crime thriller podcast from the LA Times which has been downloaded 7M+ times and received 1M+ uniques to its print version  —  Image courtesy of the LA Times.  —  With its first foray into narrative podcasting, the Los Angeles Times has a hit.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
How Medium lures publishers like FT and NYT to post stories behind its metered paywall with a curated, ad-free experience and cash  —  Unlike other Medium partners, they're not paid per clap: “Medium has derisked it for us by providing financial value while creating opportunities for us to establish direct relationships with readers.”
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