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8:05 AM ET, June 26, 2018


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer to film a pilot episode of a talk show tentatively titled Sean Spicer's Common Ground, no network is attached  —  Ellen.  Oprah.  —  ... Sean?  —  Sean Spicer, arguably the world's most famous White House press secretary …
Lara O'Reilly / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T confirms it will buy AppNexus, which operates one of the largest independent ad exchanges; sources last week said the price was expected to be around $1.6B  —  Following acquisitions of AppNexus and Time Warner, telecom giant wants to do more than capitalize on its own content
James and Deborah Fallows have signed a deal with HBO to turn their new book “Our Towns” into a TV series, with plans to broadcast it in 2019  —  THE HOUSE is likely to vote on its new immigration bill as soon TOMORROW or Wednesday, sources tell us.
Discussion: Bloomberg, New York Times and Politico
Raycom Media-owned local newspaper chain CNHI to explore sale of newspapers in 22 states after Raycom agreed to Gray Television group acquisition  —  MONTGOMERY, Ala. - CNHI, LLC, one of the country's leading providers of local news and information, said Monday it is exploring the sale of its newspaper properties in 22 states.
Munsif Vengattil / Reuters:
Gray Television to buy Raycom Media in a cash and stock deal worth $3.65B; combined company will have 142 stations in 92 markets and reach ~24% of US households
The Daily Beast:
Sources: Fox News suspends contributor and former Trump aide David Bossie for two weeks after Bossie made a racist comment on Fox & Friends Weekend  —  David Bossie, the former deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump and current outside adviser to the president, has been suspended …
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Russell Crowe will star as Roger Ailes in the forthcoming television series about the ex-Fox News CEO, based on Gabriel Sherman's book  —  Showtime has given an eight-episode order to a limited series about Roger Ailes, with Oscar winner Russell Crowe set to star as the controversial Fox News founder in his US television debut.
Glenn Kessler / Washington Post:
Inside a fact-checking conference highlighting selection bias, automating searches, using video to reach a larger audience, and dealing with online hoaxes  —  ROME — Political fact-checkers from more than 50 countries gathered here to take stock of a fast-growing journalistic movement …
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
The Daily Beast and CBS Television Studios sign first-look deal covering development of the news site's daily published content for scripted TV  —  The Daily Beast and CBS Television Studios have signed a first-look deal covering development of the news website's daily published content for scripted TV.
Marlee Baldridge / Nieman Lab:
The Sacramento Bee is trying to increase its subscriptions from 15K to 60K within the next few years, to become completely sustained by reader revenue  —  “We're looking hard at what types of stories drive digital-only subscriptions.  We know the last story someone read before they hit the meter …
Seb Joseph / Digiday:
Sources: programmatic ad spending, which saw steep declines after GDPR, has started to recover with some publishers' audience opt-in consent rates hitting 75%  —  Programmatic ad spending has started to recover a month after the arrival of the General Data Protection Regulation caused it to nosedive.
A look at the journalists fighting for press freedom across Southeast Asia, in the Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar, Singapore, Vietnam, and Malaysia  —  Southeast Asia may never have been a paragon of the free press, but the democratic strides it made in the late '80s and '90s are rapidly unraveling.
Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
Wanda Film to acquire 96.8% stake in Wanda Media for $1.78B as part of restructuring plan, will invest in content production and online games  —  Wanda's U.S. film companies — AMC Entertainment and Legendary Entertainment — aren't included in the proposed deal, which aims to bring …
Discussion: China Film Insider and Asia Times
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Sahil Patel / Digiday:
In August, local Fox stations to air Phone Swap, a Vertical Networks dating show launched on Snapchat and averaging 10M viewers per episode across two seasons
New York Times:
Chinese authorities have blocked HBO's website after John Oliver mocked China's president Xi Jinping; does not serve as a streaming portal in China
The Guardian:
Brexit donor Arron Banks discussed using private investigators to dig up personal info on then BBC Newsnight Editor Ian Katz following story about his finances
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Danah Boyd / Medium:
Rebuilding trust in US journalism lies in creating business models that allow local journalism to profit without ROI pressure and are driven by social benefits
Apple is launching a new 2018 Midterm Elections section in Apple News, offering exclusive features from Washington Post, Axios, and Politico
Stewart Clarke / Variety:
Discovery and German TV giant ProSiebenSat.1 have invited German broadcasters to join their new streaming service and compete with Netflix
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable