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12:20 PM ET, April 16, 2018


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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Us Weekly dropped a story around 2013 on alleged affair between Donald Trump Jr. and Aubrey O'Day after legal threats from Trump lawyer Michael Cohen  —  Federal probe looks closely at money flowing in and out of Essential Consultants  —  Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney …
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
WPP CEO Martin Sorrell resigns following investigation into personal misconduct; Mark Read and Andrew Scott appointed joint COOs  —  Boss of world's largest marketing group steps aside amid investigation into personal misconduct … Martin Sorrell has said he will step down as head of the British-based global advertising agency WPP.
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:
Polina Rumyantseva, the editor in chief of Novy Den - where Russian journalist Maksim Borodin worked - says she does not believe his death was a suicide  —  Russian investigative journalist Maksim Borodin of Yekaterinburg has died of injuries sustained on April 12 when he fell from the window of his fifth-floor apartment.
Danielle Tcholakian / Longreads:
Robyn Doolittle, who investigated Rob Ford, criticizes decision to cast a man in the film adaptation, highlighting the lack of women leads in journalism movies  —  The 2002 Robert Evans biopic The Kid Stays In The Picture (based on his memoir) got its title from a line uttered …
Ernst-Jan Pfauth / De Correspondent:
De Correspondent designs a system to tap members' expertise to aid its reporting and hopes to launch a global English-language site in 2019  —  There's a great untapped resource in journalism, and it's available to journalists right now.  —  It's the experience and expertise of your readers.
Joseph Otterson / Variety:
ABC News' interview with former FBI Director James Comey averaged 9.8M viewers but failed to beat ratings for “60 Minutes” interview with Stormy Daniels  —  ABC News' interview with former FBI Director James Comey did well in the Sunday overnight ratings but failed to nab the number one spot.
Discussion: The Wrap, The Wrap, TVNewser and Mediaite
Hollywood Reporter:
As it expands globally, Netflix is increasingly facing political backlash over its programming choices in places like Brazil, Israel, and the Philippines  —  Scandals involving shows in Brazil, Israel and the Philippines highlight the challenge for the streaming giant as it tries …
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Ivan Moreno / Associated Press:
US publishers worry a ~28% temporary tariff on Canadian newsprint, which may become permanent in August or September, will force smaller publications to close
Rob Haskell / Vogue:
Disney CEO Bob Iger talks about digital disruption from Silicon Valley, his decision not to run for president in 2020, and Black Panther
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Les Moonves's contract stipulates a ~$187M payout if he's dismissed or demoted and chooses to leave though NAI says it wants him to lead the combined company
Chicago Tribune:
Michael Ferro sells stake in Chicago Tribune parent Tronc to McCormick Media for $208.6M
New York Times:
Profile: new owner of Los Angeles Times, biotech mogul Patrick Soon-Shiong, who plans to move LAT to suburbs, and pursued Dean Baquet and Marty Baron for EIC