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6:20 PM ET, July 24, 2018


 Top News: 
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.
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
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
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
Hollywood Reporter:
Amazon Studios' film division chief Jason Ropell is stepping down and will be replaced on an interim basis by Ted Hope and Matt Newman  —  Ted Hope and Matt Newman will serve in the interim as co-heads.  —  Jason Ropell is stepping down as the head of Amazon Studios' film division, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Discussion: Variety, The Wrap and Deadline
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
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Netflix is handling international distribution for the upcoming drama adaptation of the LA Times podcast Dirty John  —  Netflix has boarded two upcoming drama series, TNT's futuristic action thriller Snowpiercer, starring Jennifer Connelly and Daveed Diggs, and Bravo's anthology Dirty John, headlined by Connie Britton and Eric Bana.
Discussion: The Playlist
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.
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