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7:40 PM ET, July 30, 2020


 Top News: 
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
ViacomCBS is adding 70 TV series to CBS All Access from its Viacom cable networks and plans to officially relaunch with a new name in early 2021  —  - ViacomCBS is adding content from its Viacom cable networks to CBS All Access, including all seasons of “Chappelle's Show,” “Snooki & Jwoww,” and “Hot in Cleveland.”
John Canzano / Oregonian:
Documents and interviews reveal new details about the Pac-12 Conference's plan to buy advertising to support coverage at the Los Angeles Times in 2018-2019  —  The Pac-12 Conference had a publicity problem.  —  The conference was in deep distress in 2018.
Jill Goldsmith / Deadline:
Asked whether Amazon is asking for not only money but content in exchange for carrying HBO Max on Fire TV, Bezos said he isn't familiar enough with negotiations
Discussion: The Desk and Hollywood Reporter
Lara Seligman / Politico:
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
NYT should consider increasing the health of local news a core part of its mission and explore sharing data, ad inventory, content, tech stacks, subscriptions  —  Meredith Kopit Levien, everyone seems to agree, is the right person to lead the Times into the 2020s.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Comcast Q2: revenue of $23.7B; NBCU revenue fell 25.4% YoY to $6.12B; filmed content licensing revenue grew 19.5% YoY; Peacock has 10M signups since July launch  —  - Comcast earnings beat analyst estimates on the top and bottom lines.  — It's the first earnings report since Comcast's …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Alphabet reports YouTube ad revenue of $3.81B, up 5.8% YoY, but down from $4.04B in Q1  —  Alphabet, Google's parent company, posted a 2% decline in revenue while it still topped Wall Street estimates.  —  For Q2, YouTube's ad revenue was $3.81 billion, up from $3.60 billion in the year-ago period.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Emails from 2016 show Apple agreed to halve its 30% App Store fee for Amazon as part of deal to get the Prime Video app on iPhones and Apple TV  —  - IPhone maker's Eddy Cue reached 2016 deal with Amazon's Bezos  — In 2011, Apple executives weighed 40% fee for subscriptions
The Notebook:
Nonprofit education news outlet Chalkbeat expands to Philadelphia by partnering with the Philadelphia Public School Notebook news service  —  Together, we will continue the mission of delivering quality reporting on education in Philadelphia.  —  The Philadelphia Public School Notebook …
Discussion: Chalkbeat
Nina Berman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Photojournalists describe the war zone-like hazards of covering protests in Portland, as some national news outlets offer hazard pay and protective gear  —  Tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and flash-bang grenades—instruments of violence frequently seen in authoritarian states and war zones …
Discussion: @kodacohen and @extracelestial
Rachel Kurzius / DCist:
Interviews with 24 people reveal a pattern of inappropriate behavior by former WAMU reporter Martin Di Caro, who now works for Bloomberg Radio  —  Repeatedly telling a spokesperson for a D.C. councilmember how he thought she looked in a dress.  Sending suggestive, late-night messages to young colleagues.
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Emil Protalinski / VentureBeat:
Amazon reports Q2 “other” category revenue, which mostly covers its ad business, of $4.22B, up 41% YoY, and subscriptions services revenue of $6.02B, up 29% YoY
Hadas Gold / CNN:
Boris Johnson is hiring a spokesperson, akin to the White House press secretary, for his government's daily press briefings, which are meant to start in October
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Marc Malkin / Variety:
This year's Emmys will be virtual, producers have told nominees, asking them to prepare to participate from home or a location of their choice on September 20
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Staffers at Hearst Magazines have voted 241-83 to form a union through Writers Guild of America, East, after a nine-month campaign
David Leonhardt / New York Times:
America is enduring a far worse COVID-19 outbreak than other rich countries due in part to the size and strength of right-wing media that broadcasts falsehoods