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11:45 AM ET, July 5, 2019


 Top News: 
Hollywood Reporter:
MAD Magazine will stop creating new content after issue 10, except for end-of-year specials, and shift to previously published material with new covers  —  The beloved satire publication will no longer be sold on newsstands after the August issue, and future editions will no longer feature …
Hossein Derakhshan / The Guardian:
Public broadcast companies in the UK and Europe should join forces and resources to create a public social media platform to distribute their journalistic work  —  Public broadcast companies could join up to create a platform that values diversity and privacy unlike super-platforms such as Facebook
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Some TV stations including WKRN in Nashville and KXAN in Austin have disappeared from DirecTV, DirecTV Now, and U-Verse due to an AT&T-Nexstar carriage dispute  —  The Streamable is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission when you sign up with our links.
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
UK data protection issues guidance on use of cookies, banning “tracking walls” and implied consent for non-essential cookies, including ones for analytics  —  This week U.K data protection authority the Information Commissioner's Office issued a blunt reminder of how cookies …
Esther Kezia Thorpe / What's New in Publishing:
PwC 2019-2023 forecast: podcast ad revenue to pass $1B by end of 2019 and hit $1.4B by 2023, up from $0.7B currently, in part due to advent of programmatic ads  —  Podcast advertising revenue is expected to pass $1 billion by the end of 2019, according to figures from PwC's Global Entertainment & Media Outlook 2019-2023.
French pay-TV channel Canal Plus to cut 500 jobs, or 18% of its workforce, through voluntary departures as it loses to competitors like Netflix and beIN Sports  —  PARIS (Reuters) - Vivendi's pay-TV Canal Plus plans to cut 500 jobs in France, or nearly 18 percent of its staff in the country …
Discussion: Broadband TV News
Colin Perkel / The Canadian Press:
Vice reporter Ben Makuch loses his final court bid to block a Canadian police demand for him to turn over his background chats with a source in a terrorism case  —  TORONTO — A reporter's last-ditch attempt at blocking an RCMP demand for his background materials in a terrorism case failed Thursday …
Discussion: @bmakuch
Karlene Lukovitz / MediaPost:
Comcast report: in March, 69.9M US homes had DVRs and 64.1M had smart TVs; monthly viewing hours on smart TVs hit 5.5B vs. 4.6B for DVRs  —  Among the many positive indicators for OTT in Comscore's newly released 2019 “The State of OTT” report is the platform's imminent surpassing of DVR tech.
The Economic Times:
Sources: Comcast-led consortium is in negotiations to buy a stake in Zee Media, one of India's biggest media companies  —  Comcast will be leading the consortium, Murdoch might act as the local partner & take up a small stake.  —  MUMBAI: US cable major Comcast, which owns NBCUniversal …
Discussion: Livemint, and The Week
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Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
A look at the last months of satire startup Thud, meant to be become Elon Musk's “intergalactic media empire”, which received $2M from Musk before he backed out
Dom Phillips / The Guardian:
Report: Brazilian federal police have requested a probe into the finances of The Intercept's Glenn Greenwald after he reported leaks from a corruption inquiry
 Earlier Picks: 
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
A look inside Fox Nation: a fresh misconduct claim, issues about hosts' political activities, and scrutiny of leader John Finley, who faced a 2011 HR complaint
Rebecca Traister / The Cut:
Despite diversity in presidential candidates, punditry still belongs to guys who give us mediocre analysis, grotesque speech on women, and cluelessness on race
Ciara Linnane / MarketWatch:
BTIG analyst Richard Greenfield says legacy media companies that are reclaiming content for direct-to consumer streaming services are taking the wrong approach
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
UK competition agency launches investigation into how Google and Facebook collect and use user data and if they've abused their power to dominate the ad market