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8:05 AM ET, April 14, 2021

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Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
Univision and Mexico's Televisa unveil a $4.8B deal to merge, partly financed by a $1B Series C led by SoftBank's Latin American Fund  —  The two companies announce a plan to combine media, production and content assets.  —  Two of the biggest Spanish-language media companies in the world are planning to merge.
Andrew Hutchinson / Social Media Today:
Report: in pitch decks submitted to US advertisers about new ad formats, TikTok says it has 732M MAUs globally, 100M+ in the US, 59% of its users are under 24  —  TikTok is planning to launch a range of new eCommerce focused ad offerings as it seeks to maximize its revenue potential …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Air Mail, former Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter's media venture, expects to employ 40 people by year's end, up from 30 now, and has added an e-commerce shop  —  Former Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter's new media venture, Air Mail, expects to employ 40 people by year's end …
Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
In a public disclosure due to a new law, Netflix says its South Korea unit revenue grew 123.5% YoY to $356M in 2020 and operating profit grew 295% YoY to $7.5M  —  Revenue for the streamer's local unit, required to issue a profit and loss statement in the country for the first time due to a new law, more than doubled.
Paul Resnikoff / Digital Music News:
Spotify has now removed 42 episodes of The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, offering no explanations for the removals  —  Spotify is continuing to remove episodes of The Joe Rogan Experience as part of their $100 million exclusive relationship, with more nixed shows discovered this week.
New York Times:
Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss, who joined with Stewart Bainum in the top Tribune bid, has ties to a group pushing progressive political policies and Democrats  —  The Swiss billionaire Hansjörg Wyss helped build a sophisticated behind-the-scenes operation that attacked Republicans and promoted Democratic causes.
Reuters:
Fox says Lachlan Murdoch will return to LA from Australia in early September to reopen Fox HQ “and will go back to working and living in the US”  —  SYDNEY (Reuters) - Fox Corp chief executive Lachlan Murdoch will return to the United States from a months-long Australian sojourn …
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Helen Davidson / The Guardian:
Hong Kong media mogul Jimmy Lai writes to his Apple Daily staff ahead of his sentencing for participating in a protest: “Freedom of speech is a dangerous job”  —  Media mogul writes from prison that ‘freedom of speech is a dangerous job’ but journalists must uphold justice
self.inc:
Analysis: Apple TV+ has the highest average IMDb score for its titles (7.24), but has fewer than 70 titles to choose from  —  It seems every few months there is a new TV streaming service asking us for a monthly subscription or confirming a price increase for the existing service.
James Risen / The Intercept:
High-tech government leak investigations threaten modern investigative reporting, but reporters need to keep working with sources, being honest about risks  —  When I became a reporter, I was surprised to discover a trait that I had never before recognized in myself.  —  People liked to talk to me.
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Over 650 tech workers at the NYT announce they have formed a union to be represented by the NewsGuild of New York and are seeking union recognition from the NYT  —  Tech workers at The New York Times announced on Tuesday that they had formed a union and would ask the company to recognize it.
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: CBS News President Susan Zirinsky is nearing a deal to step down from the role and sign a wide-ranging production partnership with ViacomCBS  —  Longtime CBS News producer expected to sign production partnership with parent ViacomCBS  —  CBS News President Susan Zirinsky is nearing …
 
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Arianne Cohen / Fast Company:
Live Nation is outfitting 60+ venues for livestreaming, using Veeps, a service launched by Good Charlotte's Benji and Joel Madden, bought by Live Nation in Jan.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
A look at the damage already done to Tribune's nine metro papers: since Alden acquired a 32% share, NewsGuild says staff fell 30.4% in one year
Hong Kong Free Press HKFP:
Epoch Times says its printing presses in Hong Kong were attacked by men wielding sledgehammers, the second such attack since 2019
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Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify announces Car Thing, a Spotify-only, voice-controlled device for the car, launching today for free for select US users
Sara Fischer / Axios:
DraftKings hires Brian Angiolet as its first chief media officer: sources: he'll lead a team that will evaluate potential media acquisitions and content efforts
Oversight Board:
Facebook Oversight Board will now accept appeals to remove content from Facebook and Instagram; previously, users were only able to appeal to restore content
Reuters:
Reuters News names Alessandra Galloni as its next EIC, starting April 19; she will be the first woman to lead the news agency
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
In a letter, Lachlan Murdoch dismisses ADL complaint and claims a review of Tucker Carlson's comments found Carlson “decried and rejected replacement theory”