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5:35 PM ET, August 12, 2020


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Sumner Redstone, the mogul who transformed National Amusements into a media empire that included Viacom, Paramount Pictures, and CBS, has died at 97  —  Mr. Redstone built empire of TV, movies and radio that became focus of power struggle  —  Sumner Redstone, who turned his family's movie-theater company …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
News Corp CEO Robert Thomson says it will continue its Apple News partnership because the arrangement helps introduce potential new subscribers to the WSJ  —  News Corp. will continue to allow tech giant Apple to disseminate its news articles through the Apple News platform because the arrangement …
Discussion: AppleInsider and 9to5Mac
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Roger Simmons / Orlando Sentinel:
The Orlando Sentinel says it is leaving its downtown office building, which it has occupied since 1951, in October as staff continues to work remotely  —  The Orlando Sentinel announced Wednesday it will leave its downtown building, the newspaper's home since 1951.
The Information:
Sources: AT&T is in talks to sell Crunchyroll, its anime streaming service, to Sony, but its $1.5B asking price is a sticking point  —  AT&T is in discussions to sell WarnerMedia's Crunchyroll Japanese anime-streaming service to Sony, according to three people familiar with the situation.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Scribd buys SlideShare from LinkedIn for an undisclosed sum; SlideShare has a content library of 40M presentations and 100M monthly unique visitors  —  SlideShare has a new owner, with LinkedIn selling the presentation-sharing service to Scribd for an undisclosed price.
Natasha Khan / Wall Street Journal:
Hong Kong media baron Jimmy Lai was released on bail on Wednesday morning, along with the other nine people who were arrested on Monday  —  Supporters of outspoken newspaper founder waved copies of his Apple Daily as he left police station  —  HONG KONG—Pro-democracy media baron Jimmy Lai …
Russian embassy says journalist for Russian outlet Meduza, who was beaten and arrested by police while reporting from a protest in Belarus, has been released  —  Meduza special correspondent Maxim Solopov, who was beaten and arrested by riot police while reporting from a protest in Minsk on Sunday night …
Sara Guaglione / MediaPost:
Bustle Digital Group names Kathy Lee editorial director of women's style site The Zoe Report  —  Bustle Digital Group has hired Kathy Lee as editorial director for women's style site The Zoe Report.  —  Lee was previously accessories director at Hearst's Fashion Group, where she styled content across brands.
Discussion: WWD and @kerrymflynn
Ash Carter / Air Mail:
Former New Republic literary editor Leon Wieseltier talks about his new quarterly, Liberties, which comes out 3 years after #MeToo claims sank his last magazine  —  Three years after #MeToo allegations sank his Laurene Powell Jobs-funded magazine, Leon Wieseltier wants back in
Kali Hays / WWD:
Former Bloomberg News reporter files proposed class-action suit against the outlet for gender and race discrimination and names editorial leaders as defendants  —  A news reporter is suing over “diversity slots,” discrimination and pay inequity, among other systemic issues at Bloomberg News.
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Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
The musical Diana will premiere on Netflix ahead of its opening on Broadway as New York theaters will remain closed until 2021
Patricia Nilsson / Financial Times:
After a six month break, Time Out plans to resume its print edition only in Madrid, Barcelona, and London and is unlikely to do so in the US or Portugal
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
The Grayzone, founded by Max Blumenthal, has become a favorite of China's state media and government as it denies crimes against humanity affecting Uighurs
Hollywood Reporter:
As part of WarnerMedia's layoffs, most of the staff of the streaming service DC Universe have been laid off, as well as top execs and editors of DC Comics
CuriosityStream, a streaming service for documentaries on science and history, has agreed to go public through a ~$330M merger with Software Acquisition Group
 Earlier Picks: 
New York Times:
A case study of a story about Bible burning in Portland, covered by RT and its Ruptly video service, then amplified by US right-wing media and politicians
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Researchers find network of 178 hyperpartisan low-quality news sites whose underlying purpose is to collect and sell email addresses and other personal info
Frank Blethen / The Seattle Times:
Seattle Times publisher endorses initiatives to help local news and local ownership in WA, where 84% of the top 50 regional metro papers aren't locally owned