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12:15 PM ET, August 2, 2018


 Top News: 
Los Angeles Times:
Sources: Les Moonves told CBS board members months ago of an LAPD investigation into an alleged sexual assault; board hired an outside law firm to investigate  —  CBS board members learned several months ago that the Los Angeles Police Department had investigated an alleged sexual assault …
Discussion: Business Insider, CNBC and VICE News
Tara Bitran / Variety:
USC School of Cinematic Arts suspends Les Moonves from its board of councilors and says it will discuss further action in October  —  In light of the recent allegations against Leslie Moonves, the USC School of Cinematic Arts has released a statement announcing its decision to suspend the CBS CEO from their Board of Councilors.
Itay Hod / The Wrap:
Les Moonves and wife Julie Chen ask USC Annenberg to temporarily drop their names from center named after them, pending CBS investigation
Discussion: and Variety
The Information:
Sources: Google is developing a news aggregation app for use in China that will comply with the country's strict censorship laws  —  Google is developing a news-aggregation app for use in China that will comply with the country's strict censorship laws, part of a plan to re-enter …
Washington Post:
Activists accuse Facebook of suppressing free speech when it removed an event listing it said was part of a disinformation campaign with possible ties to Russia  —  SAN FRANCISCO — Left-leaning political activists accused Facebook of suppressing free speech when the social media giant removed …
New York Times:
Sources: Condé Nast plans to put Brides, Golf Digest, and W up for sale after losing $120M in 2017 due to a sharp decline in ad revenue from print  —  Anna Wintour is staying, but the once-plush company behind Vogue and The New Yorker lost $120 million last year.
Sources: Univision chairman Haim Saban is considering stepping down and would like Tribune CEO Peter Kern to replace him  —  - Billionaire wants Tribune Media CEO Peter Kern to replace him  — Sinclair-Tribune sale woes complicate Saban's sucesssion plan
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
AMC Networks' Q2 revenue rose to $761.3M for profits of $106M, a 3% YoY growth, thanks to shrinking losses at its international operations  —  AMC Networks said second-quarter profit rose 3% as the owner of cable networks like AMC and IFC narrowed operating losses at its international operations.
Discussion: MediaPost
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Milan Schreuer / New York Times:
Belgian government now requires ~1K journalists living there to pay the €50 cost of the biannual background check of those covering European Council summits  —  BRUSSELS — Journalists who cover the regular gatherings of the leaders of European Union countries got a rude surprise this week …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The emergence of the gun-loving QAnon conspiracy theorists at a Trump rally is dangerous; Trump should stop the anti-media rhetoric at these rallies  —  Hostility toward the media at Donald Trump's rallies is nothing new.  It infected the presidential campaign and has marred every raucous gathering of supporters since the election.
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders used a debunked story about the hunt for bin Laden to disparage media accuracy in Wednesday's press briefing  —  White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders just accused the media of hindering the American government's pursuit of Osama bin Laden just a few years before 9/11.
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Nick Statt / The Verge:
Apple's plans to cut apps out of its affiliate program may shut down independent iOS news sites like TouchArcade and AppShopper
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
TVEyes will ask the Supreme Court to review a case it lost against Fox News in a decision that favored copyright over fair use in sharing of TV clips
Discussion: @eriqgardner
Howard Polskin / MediaPost:
An analysis of right-wing news sites shows Breitbart is still the second most popular conservative site, despite falling traffic, but InfoWars may be struggling
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The New York Times Company:
Journalist and The Verge writer Sarah Jeong will be joining The New York Times Editorial Board as lead writer on technology from September
Justin Kroll / Variety:
Source: Nicole Kidman is in talks to play Gretchen Carlson in upcoming movie about disgraced ex-Fox News Chief Roger Ailes
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
CNN will broadcast the final series of Anthony Bourdain's “Parts Unknown” in the fall