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10:30 AM ET, March 2, 2021


 Top News: 
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Fox News allowed host Pete Hegseth and contributor Dan Bongino to address CPAC this week, after it banned its hosts from speaking at partisan events last year  —  The network's streaming service laid out $250,000 to sponsor CPAC and some of its personalities gave speeches in an unusual arrangement.
Jacob Lorinc / Toronto Star:
Major Canadian publisher Torstar is launching an online gambling site to fund its journalism, pending government approval  —  updateArticle was updated 19 hrs ago  —  Torstar is entering the online gaming market.  —  The corporation announced Monday it intends to launch an online casino betting brand …
Fred Ryan / Washington Post:
Washington Post Publisher and CEO Fred Ryan calls on Biden to honor his campaign promise to hold MbS accountable and not give him a “one free murder” pass
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Roku says it's acquiring Nielsen's Advanced Video Advertising business, positioning itself to offer a fully addressable advertising solution for TV programmers  —  Under the agreement, announced Monday, Roku will obtain Nielsen's video automatic content recognition (ACR) technology and dynamic ad insertion …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Sources: George Stephanopoulos and David Muir to split leading breaking news at ABC News, after tensions over “chief anchor” title, which will no longer be used  —  New York (CNN Business)Earlier this year tensions between ABC News anchors George Stephanopoulos and David Muir boiled …
Jemele Hill / The Atlantic:
Major sporting events experienced significant falls in ratings in 2020, with the NBA Finals down 51% YoY, the NHL Finals down 61% YoY, and US Open down 45% YoY  —  The public's emotional connection to big-money athletics has been grossly overestimated.  —  Contributing writer at The Atlantic
Elaine Low / Variety:
Disney CEO says the company will let consumer behavior guide its decisions on theatrical windowing and that 50%+ of the Disney+ subscribers don't have kids  —  Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecommunications Conference on Monday, Walt Disney Company chief exec Bob Chapek said he's …
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Charles Riley / CNN:
Axel Springer says it won't join Facebook News when it launches in Germany in May, due to “inappropriately low remuneration” offered for journalistic content  —  London (CNN Business)Facebook is launching its news product in Germany without media giant Axel Springer …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Altice USA CEO says cable TV providers shouldn't be held accountable for misinfo on networks like Fox News, and cable TV will die as OTT platforms get better  —  - Altice USA CEO Dexter Goei questions the future of cable providers providing bundles of video.
Kate Kaye / Digiday:
As Google starts news partnership talks in the US, its VP of news says publishers don't want collective bargaining; USA Today and other publishers disagree  —  Media execs in the United States want to know what Google's publisher partnerships in Australia and other countries might mean for their own future negotiations.
Harry McCracken / Fast Company:
Flipboard expands its local news coverage to more than 1,000 cities and towns in the US and Canada  —  In the COVID-19 era, local news matters more than ever—but it can be tough to track down.  The magazine-style reading app hopes to help.  —  In January 2020, Flipboard …
Archie Bland / The Guardian:
BBC says youth-oriented channel BBC Three will return as a broadcast channel in January 2022, five years after it was taken online-only  —  Corporation announces return of youth-oriented channel to linear programming after five years  —  BBC Three will return as a broadcast channel next year …
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
Amazon Prime Video apologizes for its Indian original series Tandav, some parts of which offended Hindu nationalists, as India sets a strict content code  —  In an unprecedented move Amazon Prime Video India has apologized for its Indian original series “Tandav,” some parts of which had offended members …
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Donald G. McNeil Jr / Medium:
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Brian Welk / The Wrap:
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