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5:15 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 …
Archie Bland / The Guardian:
Sources say staff are “alarmed and dismayed” after Daily Telegraph editor emailed staff of plans to link elements of journalists' pay to articles' popularity  —  Guardian has seen email revealing plan, which is said to have dismayed staff who fear it will warp priorities
Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
CBS broadcast of Grammys drew 7.89M viewers, less than half the audience from 2020, joining Golden Globes and other shows in suffering steep declines this year  —  Like many other recent awards shows, Sunday's telecast was way down from 2020.  —  The Grammy Awards joined a host …
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 …
Carl Hiaasen / Miami Herald:
Veteran Miami Herald writer Carl Hiaasen retires after 45 years with a stark warning about the state of local journalism in the US  —  Let's get it over with.  This is my last column for the Miami Herald.  I didn't plan to write about that because there's actual news to be covered …
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 …
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
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
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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
Canada's two largest cable providers, Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications, say they will merge in a ~$16B deal
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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
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
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
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