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12:15 AM ET, May 15, 2018


 Top News: 
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
Betting-focused channels and fantasy sites expected to crowd the media field with the SCOTUS decision to allow states to offer sports betting  —  TVG, HRTV, WinView ready to pounce on opportunity  —  The decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to allow states to offer sports gambling services …
Tony Semerad / Salt Lake Tribune:
Salt Lake Tribune cuts 34 of its 90 newsroom staff, eliminates Utah news section several days a week, and will cut back on pages amid plunging revenues  —  In a radical restructuring of Utah's largest newspaper, owner Paul Huntsman proceeded Monday with cutting 34 Salt Lake Tribune employees …
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Journalists covering Trump are earning anything from $30K to $250K from on-air contributor roles, on top of securing lucrative book deals  —  And reporters in DC do.  —  A whirlwind Washington era has vaulted White House reporters into a charmed, somewhat awkward, but characteristically Trumpian reality: fame and fortune.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos says ~85% of new spending to go toward original content, plans to have about 1,000 originals total by the end of 2018  —  Netflix is sharply steering its new content spending toward original projects, with around 85% of new spending going to original TV shows …
New York Times:
Americans 25-34 spend 18.4 hours a week watching live TV while those 50-64 watch 39.6 hours; national TV ad sales peaked in 2016 at $43B but fell 2.2% last year  —  Television networks will draw hordes of advertisers to New York City this week for their annual bonanza of presentations and parties …
Discussion: Recode, Recode and Ad Age
Committee to Protect Journalists:
CPJ urges Kenyan president to not sign a bill that would target journalists, bloggers, and others with jail and fines for publishing “false” information  —  The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta not to sign into law a cybercrimes bill …
Discussion: Daily Nation
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
CBS files lawsuit against majority shareholder Shari Redstone, accusing her of pressing for Viacom merger against wishes of CBS board members  —  The battle over the future of CBS and Viacom has taken an extraordinary turn as CBS Corp. has filed a lawsuit accusing majority shareholder Shari Redstone …
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
A look at Trump's relationship with Sean Hannity and Fox News, with nightly conversations with the host and network coverage dictating the President's agenda  —  The call to the White House comes after ten o'clock most weeknights, when Hannity is over.  Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday …
Ernst-Jan Pfauth / De Correspondent:
Omidyar Network grants The Correspondent $950K in runway funding, bringing total to $1.8M, as the membership model outlet plans English-language launch  —  One year ago, we shared our big plans for a global edition of De Correspondent.  Today we're proud to announce two key partnerships …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The Hill's John Solomon to become an “opinion contributor”, following recent complaints by colleagues over stories they thought lacked context and rigor  —  Bob Cusack, editor-in-chief of The Hill, wrote on Monday that John Solomon is a new “opinion contributor” for the Capitol Hill publication.
Vindu Goel / New York Times:
How WhatsApp is being used to spread misinformation, share fake polls, and exacerbate religious divides ahead of national elections in India  —  MANGALORE, India — Waving a giant saffron flag, Pranav Bhat last week joined a political rally for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India's ruling party …
Discussion: @raju, more at Techmeme »
Seb Joseph / Digiday:
Advertisers on Facebook are re-examining their ad spend commitments to the platform as average price per ad goes up and ad targeting gets harder after GDPR  —  Advertisers are more concerned that they are wasting money on Facebook than they are about the platform's privacy lapses.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Source: Ronan Farrow's forthcoming book “Catch and Kill” will discuss his clash with NBC execs over Weinstein story and how it ended up at The New Yorker  —  How ‘catch and kill’ is used to bury news stories  —  Ronan Farrow was working for NBC News when he began investigating Harvey Weinstein.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Credibility at NBC News is in trouble following lack of support for Ronan Farrow, a correction on a Michael Cohen story, skepticism about Lauer probe, and more
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Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
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