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11:20 AM ET, April 11, 2018

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Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Viacom-CBS merger is overshadowed by a dispute between Les Moonves and Shari Redstone over who should be Moonves' No. 2 at new company  —  Leslie Moonves is open to merging CBS and Viacom — on his terms — but Shari Redstone, eager for power, may be ready to sacrifice Hollywood's most celebrated exec to chart her own path.
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CNBC:
Sources: Shari Redstone is likely to replace CBS CEO Les Moonves and the company's board if proposed merger deal with Viacom falls through  —  - Shari Redstone is likely to replace CBC chief Les Moonves if no merger deal is reached with Viacom, sources tell CNBC.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Sinclair uses banner ads on affiliates' websites to point to a YouTube video criticizing Brian Stelter and CNN for a “hypocritical attack on Sinclair”  —  The nation's largest owner of TV stations has mounted an unusual video attack on CNN for what it calls “dishonesty and hypocrisy” …
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Washington Post:
TV stations bought by Sinclair reduce local political coverage, increase national political coverage, and shift rightward, according to Emory researchers
Todd Spangler / Variety:
European Commission investigators raid London offices of 21st Century Fox's Fox Networks Group in broad probe of anti-competitive practices around sports rights  —  The London offices of 21st Century Fox's Fox Networks Group were raided by European Commission investigators Tuesday …
Joseph Otterson / Variety:
Apple is developing a TV series based on Isaac Asimov's “Foundation” book trilogy; HBO previously attempted to adapt it for screen with Westworld's co-creator  —  Apple is developing a drama series based on the “Foundation” book trilogy by Isaac Asimov, Variety has confirmed.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify and Hulu launch a combined subscription bundle for $12.99 per month for Spotify Premium users, available to all users later this summer  —  Last fall, Hulu and Spotify teamed up to offer students a bundle including both of their services for a discounted price, compared with paying for each subscription separately.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
The Washington Post to test subscriber-only features, including cleaner article pages with infinite scroll, midterm elections newsletter, and an audio series  —  With help from Jeff Bezos' money, The Washington Post has shown the ability to hit big audience gains and grow digital subscriptions …
Discussion: @maxslaterrobins
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Wall Street Journal:
Despite Trump's repeated criticism of Amazon and Washington Post, Jeff Bezos has remained silent; sources say it reflects his desire to play the long game
Matt Cooke / The Keyword:
Google's Digital News Initiative partners with the European Journalism Centre to launch the News Impact Network, a mentorship program for future media leaders  —  The European Journalism Centre (EJC) and the Google News Initiative are announcing three large-scale events and fivedesign sprints …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
In historic move, staff at The Chicago Tribune, a paper with a decades-old tradition of taking a labor-skeptic stance, inform bosses of their plan to unionize  —  One of the nation's oldest and most prestigious regional newspapers, The Chicago Tribune, could soon have a unionized staff.
Discussion: Chicago Sun-Times
Avi Selk / Washington Post:
Sen. Ted Cruz cited Diamond and Silk, two Trump fans with 1.4M followers whose videos were deemed unsafe, as an example of Facebook's anti-conservative bias  —  Two sisters famous for praising President Trump say Facebook has deemed their videos dangerous.  —  Lynette Hardaway …
Jeff Beer / Fast Company:
Ad companies team up to create the Advertising Protection Bureau to have more leverage in demanding accountability from media platforms for ad placement  —  IPG Mediabrands' UM appoints its first chief brand safety officer and teams with others in the industry to launch the Advertiser Protection Bureau.
Discussion: MediaPost
 
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Trinity Mirror's proposed £200M takeover of Express and Star newspapers is being investigated by UK's competition regulator, referred to Culture Secretary
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Bloomberg's TicToc, its Twitter video news service, will launch a podcast, audio news digest, and a newsletter next month
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Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter endorses the Honest Ads Act, a bill introduced last year to promote political ad transparency, following Facebook's endorsement of it last week
Sally Kohn / Fast Company:
CNN commentator Sally Kohn talks about her experience as a liberal and openly-gay pundit at Fox News and what she learned at the network
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Janice Min, former co-president and CCO of The Hollywood Reporter, signs consulting deal with NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment
Discussion: Page Six
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Tegna, which owns TV broadcast stations in 39 US markets, is working with Snap to include public Snapchat videos and images in its news coverage