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5:30 PM ET, July 24, 2018

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Michael Calderone / Politico:
NYC Mayor De Blasio and Governor Cuomo slam Tronc's decision to halve NYDN newsroom, as fears grow the city is becoming a local news “desert”  —  Tronc's decision to cut the Daily News newsroom in half comes amid growing concerns that New York City is underserved when it comes to covering courts, cops and local communities.
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Tom Kludt / CNNMoney:
Source: Tronc exec Grant Whitmore meets with remaining NY Daily News staff, says he foresees no new layoffs and he's unaware of any plans to sell paper  —  As he takes over a newsroom that was just reduced by half, the New York Daily News' new top editor, Robert York, is asking his embattled staff for time to chart a new course.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
CEO memo: Tronc to lay staffers off at other papers this week, cuts not to be as severe as those at New York Daily News
HuffPost:
Memo: Tronc to cut the New York Daily News newsroom by 50%; Robert York replacing Editor-in-Chief Jim Rich, Managing Editor Kristen Lee also leaving
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed News:
Facebook says a livestream in which Infowars' Alex Jones made unfounded allegations that Special Counsel Robert Mueller rapes children did not violate its rules  —  Jones accused the special counsel of participating in child rape and pantomimed shooting Mueller.  Facebook said the rant did not violate its community guidelines.
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
On earnings call, outgoing Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam says the company will not be spinning out Oath or making any content acquisitions  —  FiOs Loses 37K Video Customers in Q2  —  Verizon Communications shed about 37,000 Fios video customers in the second quarter, more than double the 15,000 …
Discussion: AdExchanger
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Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
Bill Simmons inks new deal with HBO, will continue to create sports-themed content from TV to films for the cable network  —  On the heels of his ‘Andre the Giant’ doc, Simmons is staying put with a pact focused on sports programming.  —  HBO will remain in the Bill Simmons business.
John Hopewell / Variety:
Netflix is launching its first European production hub in Madrid, in bid to boost its “growing” library of Spanish-language content  —  New facility to target Spanish-language production  —  Netflix is launching its first European production hub in Madrid …
Discussion: Fast Company
Susan Taylor Martin / Tampa Bay Times:
Mark Katches, currently editor and VP of content at The Oregonian, named executive editor of The Tampa Bay Times  —  ST. PETERSBURG The Tampa Bay Times today named Mark Katches, a veteran journalist who has led his teams to Pulitzer-Prize-winning work, as the next executive editor of Florida's largest newspaper.
Discussion: Poynter and Oregonian
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Digital revenue at The Guardian's parent company has outstripped print revenues for the first time in its history, boosted by 570K regular contributors  —  Group that owns Guardian and Observer earned digital revenues of £108.6m last year and £107.5m from print and events
Catalina Albeanu / Journalism.co.uk:
Google's Digital News Innovation (DNI) Fund awards €21M to 98 media projects in 28 European countries after assessing its fifth round of applications  —  The fifth round of the DNI Fund focused on monetisation and diversifying revenue streams  —  Google's Digital News Innovation (DNI) …
The Daily Beast:
Sources: Fox News employees have been attempting to plant negative stories about Kimberly Guilfoyle, accusing her of workplace misconduct and abuse  —  In the past few days, staffers at Fox News have waged a covert war and hostile whisper campaign against one of their most prominent former colleagues.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Washington AG says Facebook signed legal agreement to change ad platform so third parties can't discriminate based on ethnicity, religion, or sexual orientation  —  The agreement with Washington state forces Facebook to make nationwide changes  —  Facebook has signed a new …
 
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Shan Li / Wall Street Journal:
Tencent signs a content licensing deal to translate and provide WebMD's healthcare content for Chinese audiences via WeChat and its QQ messaging app
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Netflix is handling international distribution for the upcoming drama adaptation of the LA Times podcast Dirty John
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Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
A startup called Volume tries to work as an intermediary between community radio stations and larger media buyers to bring community radio to rural South Africa
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Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Fox News anchor Chris Wallace discusses confronting Putin, vacationing in Russia, and how he landed the interview with the Russian president
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