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12:00 PM ET, July 17, 2020


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Nicholas Quah / Vulture:
The Michelle Obama Podcast to launch exclusively on Spotify July 29; show to feature conversations with Conan O'Brien, Valerie Jarrett, Michele Norris, others  —  The former First Lady is coming to your headphones.  —  This morning, Higher Ground, the production studio of Barack and Michelle Obama …
Netflix names Ted Sarandos co-CEO, appoints Chief Product Officer Greg Peters as COO  —  Netflix is promoting its chief content officer Ted Sarandos to co-CEO, the company announced Thursday.  The 20-year Netflix veteran will join current chief executive Reed Hastings in the role.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Netflix reports Q2 revenue of $6.15B, up 24.9% YoY, and expects 2.5M net subscriber additions for Q3 vs analyst estimates of 5.27M; stock down 9%+ after hours
Daniel Victor / New York Times:
Christopher Dickey, a foreign correspondent and editor who worked for the Washington Post, Newsweek, and the Daily Beast, has died at 68  —  Mr. Dickey reported from war zones and published seven books, including a memoir about growing up with his famous father.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
USA Today says the column it ran by trade adviser Peter Navarro in which he criticized Dr. Fauci was misleading and didn't meet fact-checking standards  —  NEW YORK (AP) — USA Today says that a column that the newspaper solicited and published from presidential trade adviser Peter Navarro criticizing …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Memo: Bloomberg EIC John Micklethwait says outlet publishes too many mediocre and/or long enterprise stories, stories should be shorter than 400 words or 900+  —  Bloomberg News editor in chief John Micklethwait sent the following to the editorial staff on Wednesday:
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
The hedge fund set to own McClatchy cut 1,600 employees and shut down 30+ papers since taking over Canada's largest newspaper chain Postmedia in October 2016  —  Since Chatham Asset Management took over Postmedia, Canada's largest newspaper chain, 1,600 employees have been laid off and more than 30 papers shut down.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
McClatchy's average daily operating revenue fell 28% from February to the end of May, showing the challenges that newspapers are facing during the pandemic
Krystie Lee Yandoli / BuzzFeed News:
Eleven current or former Ellen DeGeneres Show employees detail a toxic work culture, blaming executive producers and senior management  —  Ellen DeGeneres has built her worldwide, multimillion-dollar brand on the motto “be kind,” with lavish giveaways and acts of charity.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Bonnier, owner of Popular Science, Saveur, and others, names David Ritchie as its new US CEO, as it nears a deal to sell its US-based titles  —  Bonnier, the 216-year-old Swedish publishing giant that owns Field & Stream, Popular Science and Saveur, has changed the CEO of its American operation …
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John Whitehouse / Media Matters for America:
Fox Nation's newest show is hosted by former Grey's Anatomy actor and QAnon supporter Isaiah Washington, who's pushed conspiracies about 5G, BLM, and Fox execs  —  Isaiah Washington has also shared conspiracy theories about 5G networks, COVID-19, and Fox News producers
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Simon & Schuster says Mary Trump book sales have set a company record, with 950K+ copies sold through its publication date and soon 1.15M+ copies in print  —  Mary Trump's book U.S. preorders and first-day sales are a record for publisher Simon & Schuster
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Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
With sports still up in the air, sports media faces unprecedented challenges, as writers pivot to stories on nostalgia and player safety amid looming job losses
New York Times:
Deaths, retirements, and exec reshuffling have brought new and diverse leadership to book publishing, many with different sensibilities than their predecessors
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Pew Research Center:
Pew: employment at digital-native outlets rose to 16,000 newsroom staff in 2019, but was still far lower than 34,950 at newspapers or 30,120 at broadcast TV
Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
TikTok launches a Be Informed campaign featuring videos by popular makers, aimed at educating users on how to recognize misinformation
Kelly McBride / NPR:
NPR's Morning Edition should not have allowed AG Barr to make false statements in a segment on mail-in voting without adding context and fact-checking
New York Times:
NYPD proposes changes that would let it suspend reporters' credentials if they're seen as not complying with orders or if they “interfere” with police work
Sheryl Gay Stolberg / New York Times:
Trump admin orders hospitals to bypass CDC and send COVID-19 info to a database not open to the public, raising questions about reporter and researcher access