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1:35 PM ET, March 15, 2021

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Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Sources: Stewart Bainum weighs bidding for all of Tribune Publishing, after his deal to buy The Baltimore Sun from soon-to-be owner Alden hits obstacles  —  A Maryland hotel magnate who had a deal to buy The Baltimore Sun is now weighing a bid for all of Tribune's newspapers that could thwart a hedge fund's plan.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Online harassment of female journalists, especially those who cover technology, is deeply destabilizing and increasingly hard to endure  —  Julia Carrie Wong remembers a time, years ago, when she felt that being a part of digital culture was fun.  —  “I used to really enjoy online spaces …
Jake Coyle / Associated Press:
Netflix leads 93rd Academy Awards with 10 nominations for Mank; for the first time, two women, Chloé Zhao and Emerald Fennell, were nominated for best director  —  NEW YORK (AP) — David Fincher's “Mank” has led nominations to the 93rd Academy Awards with 10 nods, and for the first time …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
As Piers Morgan weighs options for his next job, British TV execs like GB News' Andrew Neil see a big opportunity in producing more American-style cable clashes  —  British TV executives see opportunity — and money to be made — in bringing American cable-style clashes to their screens.
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Interview with Liz Maynes-Aminzade, head of The New Yorker's Puzzles & Games Dept., on popular crossword puzzles and how games fit into subscription strategy  —  “If you're looking at a metric like unique visitors, the audience for the crossword is not colossal.
Nadine White / The Independent:
A look at Black media creatives in the UK, who are building their own platforms that cater to Black Britons and challenging the UK press' race problem  —  Nadine White meets the Black media creatives challenging the status quo and building their own platforms
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Fox's free streaming service Tubi is planning to start funding original movies and TV shows; Roku and Pluto TV are also exploring original programming  —  Free streaming services increase their ambitions after growing like weeds during pandemic  —  Fox Corp.'s free streaming service Tubi …
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Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Roku has hired several former Quibi executives as it prepares to roll out content from Quibi's library of 75+ shows to The Roku Channel
Discussion: Realscreen
Gideon Lichfield / @glichfield:
[Thread] A look at Facebook's PR tactics to push back against unflattering stories, including trying to overwhelm editors with lists of supposed factual errors  —  With all the pushback from Facebook against @_KarenHao's recent story, and as one of the editors on the piece, I thought it worth making some observations on the PR strategy Facebook has adopted in response. Other journalists may find this useful. https://www.technologyreview.com/ ...
New Yorker:
The New Yorker launches The New Yorker Live, a subscriber-only event series featuring conversations and audience Q&As  —  A new event series, only for subscribers.  —  The New Yorker has announced the first guests for The New Yorker Live, a new event series featuring conversations …
Discussion: @newyorker
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
ITV says it will remove images of Daily Mail headlines from Harry and Meghan interview, following a demand from Associated Newspapers; CBS refuses to comment  —  Daily Mail publisher Associated Newspapers has demanded that CBS remove a “misleading montage” of newspaper headlines from its ‘Oprah with Meghan and Harry’ broadcast.
 
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Leia Idliby / Mediaite:
John Oliver dedicated an episode of Last Week Tonight to call out Tucker Carlson as “the most prominent vessel in America for white supremacist talking points”
Jing Yang / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: China has asked Alibaba to curtail its expansive media holdings, as officials are concerned over its sway on public opinion
Columbia Journalism Review:
Survey of 1,500 PBS viewers: their political leanings span from extremely liberal to extremely conservative, and 50%+ rank PBS as neutral in terms of news bias
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Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
McKinsey report: Hollywood is leaving $10B/year on the table by ignoring racial inequities in film and TV and should set concrete goals to increase diversity
Todd Spangler / Variety:
A SPAC led by ex-Disney execs Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs, Forest Road Acquisition Corp. II, raised $350M in an IPO to focus on tech, media, telecoms companies
Discussion: The Wrap and Deadline
Hamish McKenzie / Substack Blog:
Substack co-founder on how Substack Pro works: year one, writers get upfront pay, Substack keeps 85% of revenue; later, writers keep 90% revenue, no minimum pay
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
As House holds hearing on tech and news, Microsoft accuses Google of making publishers depend on it and Google claims Microsoft just wants to undercut a rival