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2:30 PM ET, March 6, 2018


 Top News: 
Gwilym Mumford / The Guardian:
The 2018 Oscars experienced a 16% decline YoY in ratings, with 26.5M US viewers watching the four-hour broadcast; Trump mocked the figures on Twitter  —  Broadcast for 2018 Academy Awards attracted 26.5m viewers, a 16% drop on last year's ceremony … US president Donald Trump has mocked …
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Technology news aggregator Techmeme, sister site of Mediagazer, is launching a daily podcast called the Techmeme Ride Home  —  Because everyone has a podcast.  (That's a good thing!)  —  Techmeme is an influential site that provides concise, headline-length summaries of the day's tech news.
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
The Independent says BBC Media Editor Amol Rajan must have “misremembered” anecdote about traffic-boosting headline, mentioned during speech about press at uni  —  The Independent has said BBC media editor Amol Rajan “must have misremembered” an anecdote claiming he made a column …
Amol Rajan / BBC:
Transcript of BBC Media Editor Amol Rajan's lecture at the University of Kent in England, on the myths surrounding journalism  —  I had the privilege of delivering this year's Bob Friend Lecture at the University of Kent at Canterbury.  Bob was part of the original Sky News line up …
Discussion: Press Gazette
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Subscription-based sports media site The Athletic has raised $20M Series C led by Evolution Media, plans to double staff from 120 to 200-350 employees in 2018  —  The two-year-old startup plans to double staffing and expand across the U.S. and into international markets
New York Times:
Right-wing journalist Peter Schweizer plans to release a documentary on tech companies' role in filtering the news, casting them as censorious and oppressive  —  Conservatives are zeroing in on a new enemy in the political culture wars: Big Tech.  —  Arguing that Silicon Valley is stifling …
Silvia Foster-Frau /
Co-founder of conspiracy theory website Side Thorn arrested with partner for harassing father of Sutherland Springs victim, told him shooting didn't happen  —  Two conspiracy theorists who have pushed the idea that the mass shooting at Sutherland Springs on Nov. 5 didn't happen were arrested Monday …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Funny Or Die is retiring its website and migrating over to Vox Media's platform; both are exploring potential collaborations on long-form entertainment  —  Funny Or Die is putting its aging web platform out to pasture.  —  Starting this summer, the digital comedy outfit will move …
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
Fox is aiming to reduce TV ad time to 2 minutes an hour by 2020, its ad sales chief Joe Marchese claimed at a private industry event in LA last week  —  Network announced the target at an event it hosted to discuss TV advertising's challenges  —  Fox Networks Group's ad sales chief …
Discussion: Business Insider and The Wrap
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Penske Media, owner of Variety and Deadline, has acquired SheKnows Media, including, Stylecaster, and events business BlogHer  —  The deal for the network of female-focused sites and the BlogHer conference business is the latest acquisition for Penske Media …
Susan Heavey / Reuters:
Office of Special Counsel: Kellyanne Conway violated federal law in 2017 interviews with CNN and Fox News by using WH position to weigh in on a political race  —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Kellyanne Conway, one of President Donald Trump's top advisers, violated federal law in two television interviews …
Discussion: Variety and Mediaite
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Alex Nichols / The Outline:
A look at the tweets of those making money from private accounts with Premo: John Schindler appears to earn $17K/month and Eric Garland $3K/month
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
MoviePass CEO says its app tracks user locations before and after movies, which is not information currently disclosed in privacy policy
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Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Reddit on Russian propaganda: hundreds of accounts removed, few Russian ads were seen and are now disallowed, @TEN_GOP tweets amplified by “thousands” on Reddit
Michael J. de la Merced / New York Times:
Google is selling US restaurant review guide Zagat, which it bought for $151M in 2011, to restaurant review company The Infatuation for an undisclosed sum
Peter Kafka / Recode:
ESPN names Jimmy Pitaro as new president of ESPN and co-chair of Disney Media Networks; he's currently head of Disney consumer products and interactive