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12:00 PM ET, March 29, 2021

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Rachael Bade / Politico:
Sources: Felicia Sonmez criticized WaPo editors during a staff town hall, revealing that she is barred from writing anything about sexual misconduct or #MeToo  —  DRIVING THE DAY  —  It was supposed to be an upbeat town hall to rally the newsroom, as Washington Post leaders highlighted …
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss joins Stewart Bainum in Tribune bid, with plans to own Chicago Tribune; source: each plans to put up $100M towards the $650M bid  —  The philanthropist Hansjörg Wyss has teamed with the Maryland hotel executive Stewart Bainum in a bid …
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Jon Harris / Morning Call:
A mystery bidder, identified as “Bidder C”, has offered $30M-$40M for Morning Call Media Group to owner Tribune Publishing, recently acquired by Alden Global  —  An unidentified bidder has offered to buy The Morning Call Media Group for $30 million-$40 million …
Discussion: @davewiner and @mcallguild
Ronan Shields / Adweek:
New York Times:
Indian digital news pubs, which pursue aggressive journalism in a compliant media landscape, fear Modi's government is empowering trolls with its new media laws  —  Online portals have practiced aggressive journalism in a mostly compliant media landscape.  But trolls and the government could now be empowered to stop them.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
News Corp will acquire the consumer arm of educational publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for $349M in cash and will combine it with HarperCollins Publishers  —  The Rupert Murdoch-controlled company said it expects the deal to close in the second quarter of calendar 2021 …
Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
Hong Kong's largest free-to-air broadcaster TVB opts not to renew the rights to the Academy Awards, which won't be aired there for the first time in 50+ years  —  The city's largest free-to-air broadcaster, TVB, has opted not to air the Academy Awards for the first time in over 50 years …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Inside Harper's, which has struggled in the digital era but is nonetheless America's most interesting magazine and offers one of media's oddest workplaces  —  The publication of the “Harper's letter” attracted huge attention.  Most people had stopped reading the magazine, which is stranger and better than you might expect.
Associated Press:
Indian Country Today, an online news outlet and daily broadcaster covering tribes and Indigenous peoples, will now operate as an independent company  —  PHOENIX (AP) — Indian Country Today, an online news publication and daily broadcaster covering tribes and Indigenous peoples, has changed ownership.
Discussion: @jennimonet
The Guardian:
Sources: UK government delays US-style televised briefings until mid-May, as it considers whether to continue a war with the media on “culture war” topics  —  Sources say plan is still to start TV briefings in mid-May, despite speculation that Downing Street has doubts about the idea
 
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Brent Lang / Variety:
Tribeca Festival announces in-person, outdoor events from June 9-20 across NYC
Nabila Ahmed / Bloomberg:
Australian media giant Nine says it suffered a cyberattack that disrupted live programming on Sunday; the company is working with Australia's cyber intel agency
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Bidders for the NFT of Kevin Roose's NYT column, which sold for ~$560K, share their motivations, including fun, self-promotion, and a signal of support for NFTs
James Finn / VTDigger:
A Vermont reporter's resignation, allegedly due to pressure from board members over her coverage, signals need for ethics standards for nonprofit outlets
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Jabari Young / CNBC:
How Canada-based sports gaming and media company theScore, valued at $1B, is trying to expand its US reach through its sports news and betting apps
Mikey O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
CBS says Sharon Osbourne has decided to exit The Talk, after it found her behavior while defending Piers Morgan in the March 10 show not aligned with its values
Laura Wagner / Defector:
Sources: Michael Tomasky, The New Republic's new editor, told staffers he wants to shift the magazine's focus to politician interviews and process reporting
Hemal Jhaveri / Medium:
Hemal Jhaveri, a columnist and inclusion editor, says USA Today fired her after she tweeted in error on Boulder shooting that it is “always an angry white man”