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6:15 PM ET, April 26, 2019


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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The Correspondent's first US hire, Zainab Shah, tells how messaging moved away from “building a US office” amid fundraising; she wasn't shown a current budget  —  “They're really good at the PR thing, and it really feels like gaslighting.  They were like, 'Well …
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Sources: Trump called Rupert Murdoch to complain about Jeanine Pirro's suspension; one Fox source says execs are worried Fox & Friends may be next to lose ads  —  When advertisers rebelled at outrage anchors like Jeanine Pirro and Tucker Carlson, Trump called Lachlan's daddy, Rupert Murdoch, to keep them on the air.
Eugene Kim / CNBC:
Filing: Amazon has spent $1.7B on video and music content in Q1 2019, up 13% YoY  —  KEY POINTS  — Amazon disclosed for the first time its total video and music expense in its quarterly filing on Friday.  — In the first quarter, Amazon spent $1.7 billion on video and music content …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Luminary says it removes all links from podcast show notes, which are often used for monetization, due to “security concerns associated with links”  —  I know what you're thinking: Another story on Luminary?  Well, they keep making news.  Start here if you want some background …
Rich Juzwiak / Jezebel:
Artists like Justin Bieber calling for positive coverage when faced with criticism evince a disregard for free speech while benefiting from massive platforms  —  It's been a rough week to be a star, and a rough week to be someone who listens to what stars have to say.  At least, that's what social media tells me.
John Koetsier / VentureBeat:
Report: Instagram accounts for 19.5% of brand ad spend on Facebook, with ads in Instagram Stories contributing to a third of Instagram's total ad revenue  —  Intelligence and ephemeral social are two of the biggest drivers of evolving ad spend, according to a Q1 digital advertising benchmark report this week from Marin Software.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Filing: Comcast chairman Brian Roberts' pay rose to $35M in 2018, up from $32.5M in 2017; NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke's pay fell to $39.9M from $46.5M in 2017  —  Comcast chairman-CEO Brian Roberts saw a bump in his total compensation for 2018 while NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke's haul declined by more than $6 million last year.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
CEO Jim Spanfeller says G/O Media, formerly Gizmodo Media, has no plans for layoffs, isn't planning to close any properties, and is looking for a 2nd LA office  —  - How Will ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Piracy Affect Box Office?  It's an Issue but Not a Crisis, Analysts Say
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Geoff Weiss / Tubefilter:
Vimeo launches Showcase, a toolkit allowing creators to launch portfolio sites with access controls, branded smart TV channels on Roku and Amazon Fire, and more  —  Vimeo has unveiled today a new toolkit dubbed Showcase that arms professional creators and business owners with the ability …
Nathan Bomey / USA Today:
MNG withdraws three of its six nominees to Gannett's eight-person board; Gannett says these nominees still have conflicts of interest  —  The hedge fund-owned newspaper company that made an offer to acquire Gannett has scaled back its effort to seize control of the board of directors …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Comcast is in talks with Disney to sell its 30% stake in Hulu
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