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6:45 PM ET, July 5, 2019


 Top News: 
Mitchell Armentrout / Chicago Sun-Times:
The Chicago Defender, a 114-year-old African American paper, will stop publishing its print edition and become online-only starting July 11  —  The storied African American newspaper will switch to a digital-only platform starting July 11.  —  The Chicago Defender, the storied African American newspaper …
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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
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 …
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
Nishant Lalwani / The Guardian:
BBC Media Action and Pierre Omidyar's Luminate to call for a $1B/year “International Fund for Public Interest Media” at next week's conference on media freedom  —  Journalists risk everything to hold power to account, crucial work for which a $1bn global fund should be established
Doha Chams / Medium:
A look at the money and people behind The Independent Arabia, licensed from the UK British daily to Saudi billionaire Soltan Mohamed Abuljadayel  —  “Comment: Far from producing high quality, rigorous professional journalism, ‘The Independent Arabia’ is a propaganda tool of the Saudi regime …
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.
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Karlene Lukovitz / MediaPost:
Comscore 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
The Economic Times:
Sources: Comcast-led consortium is in negotiations to buy a stake in Zee Media, one of India's biggest media companies
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Esther Kezia Thorpe / What's New in Publishing:
PwC: global podcast ad revenue to pass $1B by the end of 2019 and hit $1.4B by 2023, in part due to the advent of programmatic ads in podcasts
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