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6:10 PM ET, July 9, 2018


 Top News: 
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
NYT's Dean Baquet acknowledges that four stories in six days on Alan Dershowitz being “shunned” was too much: “We should have coordinated better and done fewer”  —  Even publicity-savvy, Alan Dershowitz is astonished at the flood-the-zone coverage that The New York Times …
The New York Times Company:
Recode's Editor-at-Large Kara Swisher will begin contributing regularly to the New York Times' Opinion section beginning in August  —  Kara Swisher, editor at large of Recode, will bring her experience, intellect and courage to bear for Times readers, to identify and explain the big ideas in technology.
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Sources: The Times sacked award-winning reporter Peter Yeung for publishing concert and travel reviews on its site in return for free tickets and travel  —  Peter Yeung told BuzzFeed News that publishing the fake concert and travel reviews to get free tickets and trips was “the biggest mistake of my life”.
Antoni Slodkowski / Reuters:
Myanmar court charges two jailed Reuters journalists for violating the Official Secret Act, moving case into trial stage after 6 months of preliminary hearings  —  YANGON (Reuters) - A court in Myanmar on Monday charged two jailed Reuters journalists with obtaining secret state documents …
New York Times:
HBO must transform from a boutique operation into something bigger and broader, says its new overseer, AT&T exec John Stankey, at town hall meeting with staff  —  Change is coming to HBO, now that it is part of the AT&T corporate family.  That much was clear to the 150 employees …
Sam Forsdick / Press Gazette:
The BBC is experimenting with Instagram TV in an attempt to reach younger viewers, with one of its videos garnering ~60K views and 60 comments after a week  —  Instagram's new video platform, Instagram TV, has been quickly adopted by news brands such as the BBC as they seek to capture a younger audience.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Turner Sports Names Hania Poole GM of Bleacher Report Live, SVP of NCAA Digital  —  Turner Sports has expanded the duties of Hania Poole, promoting the exec to the position of senior VP of NCAA Digital and general manager of Bleacher Report (B/R) Live.  —  Most recently, Poole was VP of business operations and GM of NCAA Digital.
Discussion: MediaPost and Multichannel News
Wall Street Journal:
Disney CEO Bob Iger is applying his formula of targeting a company that is not for sale to acquire 21st Century Fox, with his once secure legacy on the line  —  With Disney's pursuit of Fox, CEO Robert Iger's signature strategy faces its biggest test yet  —  LOS ANGELES— Disney DIS .27% …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Marcy Wheeler delves deeper into why she outed a source, including safety concerns for innocent people amid House GOP tactics and the source's actions  —  It's pretty much an inviolable rule of journalism: Protect your sources.  —  Reporters have gone to jail to keep that covenant.
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
Sources: Apple Music had ~21.5M US subscribers as of last week while Spotify had ~22.5M; Apple's service is growing faster than Spotify in UK and Canada  —  Spotify's lead over Apple's music-streaming service in the US is narrowing, denting the air of invincibility around the recently floated pioneer.
Jason Easley / POLITICUSUSA:
The media value of live coverage of Trump rallies: from April 28 to July 5, CNN gave Trump no free advertising, MSNBC gave $56.7K worth, Fox News gave $15.1M  —  The cable news landscape has changed.  MSNBC and CNN no longer give Trump and his rallies millions of dollars in free advertising.
Discussion: Washington Post
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Nielsen Music Mid-Year Report: on-demand audio streams in the US grew 45.4% year-over-year to 268.2B in the first half of 2018
Discussion: New York Times
Kate Lamb / The Guardian:
Cambodia announces new directive to fight fake news posted online; violators could face imprisonment and fines, prompting fears over press freedom
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Peter Caranicas / Variety:
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