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2:15 AM ET, July 28, 2020


 Top News: 
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
After pushback, Sinclair says it will not move forward with airing a segment featuring discredited researcher of the conspiracy theory-driven “Plandemic”  —  New York (CNN)The Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBGI) said Monday it will not move forward with airing a segment featuring …
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Internal memo: The Ellen DeGeneres Show is under an internal investigation by WarnerMedia following reports of problems including racism and intimidation  —  “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has become the subject of an internal investigation by WarnerMedia following numerous accounts of workplace problems …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with the new CEO of NYT Meredith Levien on establishing the paper as a world-class digital product and technology company  —  Meredith Kopit Levien knew early on that she'd like to head up a news publishing company.  She just never expected she would end up as the CEO of The New York Times …
Georgia Wells / Wall Street Journal:
Match Group names ex-CBS Interactive boss Jim Lanzone as Tinder's new CEO, beginning August 3  —  Match Group's flagship dating app is navigating changes to online dating during the Covid-19 pandemic  —  Match Group Inc. MTCH 1.56% is naming a new chief executive for the company's flagship dating app Tinder …
LMC Site:
Local Media Consortium to launch The Matchup, a collaborative online sports platform, with some beta markets launching this month and full coverage by Jan. 2021  —  Online sports collaboration offers 78 million enthusiasts multi-market access to content about their favorite teams, players and topics
Kevin Draper / New York Times:
With regional sports networks slimming their crews amid production restrictions for MLB telecasts, broadcast workers worry the changes could become permanent  —  Could changes to telecasts made during the coronavirus pandemic become permanent?  —  Major League Baseball's abbreviated 60-game season …
Reid Nakamura / The Wrap:
Oprah to launch a new interview show at Apple TV+ called The Oprah Conversation on July 30, with the debut episode featuring author Professor Ibram X. Kendi  —  “The Oprah Conversation” premieres Thursday, July 30  —  Oprah Winfrey is launching a new interview show at Apple TV+, the streaming service announced Monday.
Steven Perlberg / Digiday:
Profile of Chartbeat founder Tony Haile and his new startup, Scroll, which offers an ad-free, $5/month bundle of 300 publishers and is off to a slow start  —  Tony Haile is one of the most well-liked personalities in media, a smooth-talking Brit who can gossip with reporters …
Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
Warner Bros to release Tenet internationally on August 26 before opening in select cities in N. America on September 4, but has no plans for China  —  “Tenet” may still be able to salvage a summer release after all — at least outside of the United States.
Greg Sargent / Washington Post:
By persuading Trump that he's succeeding and blocking outside criticisms, Fox News could be helping destroy Trump's reelection hopes  —  It would be a peculiarly apt form of poetic justice if the entity that has done so much to help President Trump run this country into the ground …
Hollywood Reporter:
BBC Studios and ITV say they plan to bring streaming service BritBox to up to 25 countries, starting with a planned launch in Australia later in 2020  —  “BritBox will seek to broaden its global footprint across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, South America and Africa."
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Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Hearst denies O Magazine will cease print at end of 2020, says the magazine will continue to publish online and it is evaluating print frequency beyond December
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Jon Fingas / Engadget:
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
IFJ survey of 558 female journalists from 52 countries shows 56% think COVID-19 has increased gender inequality in the industry
Jessica Wakeman / Patreon:
Profile of NYT Style's editor Choire Sicha, well-liked by most, as the section confronts the pandemic's unique coverage demands
Sonam Vashi / Columbia Journalism Review:
A hotline run by advocacy org Freedom for Immigrants has become crucial to journalists for gaining firsthand accounts from inside US immigrant detention centers
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Fox News host Jesse Watters tries to walk back praise for pro-Trump conspiracy theory QAnon, after telling Eric Trump that Q “uncovered a lot of great stuff”
Anton Troianovski / New York Times:
Facebook hired StopFake in Ukraine to flag Russian disinfo, but critics accuse the fact-checking group of ties to the far right and of bias in its fact-checking