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9:20 AM ET, July 28, 2020

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Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Ex-Deadspin staff launch digital media company Defector Media, which they will own and operate, led by EIC Tom Ley and open to subscribers for $8 per month  —  The journalists who took part in a staff rebellion last year are starting Defector Media, a company with a podcast and a website dedicated to sports and culture.
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 …
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Times-Picayune treated David Duke “less as a politician than as a threat” during his 1991 run for governor, an approach that media can emulate in 2020  —  In recent weeks, Slow Burn, the hit history podcast from Slate, has broadcast its fourth season, on the political rise of David Duke …
Parker Molloy / Media Matters for America:
A look at five years of journalists and commentators talking about imminent pivots by Trump, praising him for always-temporary changes in his tone  —  It's been more than five years since Donald Trump rode down the golden escalator of his eponymous New York City tower to a crowd containing actors paid to cheer for him.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Caitlin Roper named NYT's executive producer for scripted projects, a role in which she'll develop NYT stories for film and TV alongside Hollywood producers  —  Caitlin Roper, who has been a senior editor at The New York Times Magazine since 2016, will develop Times reporting into scripted TV and film projects.
Euirim Choi / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Instagram has made lucrative offers, some in the hundreds of thousands of dollars, to some of TikTok's most popular creators to use Reels  —  Instagram makes lucrative offers to TikTok creators to join its competing service  —  Facebook Inc.'s FB 1.21% Instagram has offered financial incentives …
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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 …
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 …
 
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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
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
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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
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
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