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11:55 PM ET, May 3, 2021

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Steve Kovach / CNBC:
Verizon says it will sell Yahoo and AOL to PE firm Apollo Global Management for $5B, keeping a 10% stake in the company, which will be rebranded as just “Yahoo”  —  - Verizon will sell its media group, which includes brands from AOL and Yahoo, to private equity firm Apollo Global Management.
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
The Los Angeles Times names Kevin Merida as its executive editor; Merida has previously been the EIC of ESPN's Undefeated  —  The Los Angeles Times has named veteran journalist Kevin Merida as its top editor and tasked him with transforming the storied 139-year-old newspaper into a digital powerhouse that thrives for decades to come.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Upstart digital news site The Colorado Sun says it acquired 24 suburban newspapers around Denver, with the backing of the National Trust for Local News  —  group of disheartened former Denver Post editors and reporters launched an upstart news site two-and-a-half years ago, called it The Colorado Sun …
Max Tani / @maxwelltani:
Internal WaPo memo outlines the “festivals and parades” that staff are permitted to participate in, but prohibits displaying support for DC statehood  —  Memo from Washington Post managing editors to employees today outlining the “festivals and parades” staff are permitted to participate in, as well as the events they are prohibited from participating in. https://twitter.com/...
Chris Young / The Reporters Committee …:
RCFP's 2020 US Press Freedom report: police were responsible for 80% of assaults at protests, affecting 324 reporters, with 195+ seemingly deliberately targeted  —  The fourth annual report reveals the startling extent of police violence against journalists during a year of protest.
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Amazon strikes deal for exclusive rights to Thursday Night Football starting in 2022, one year earlier than first planned, buying out games set to air on Fox  —  Fox will drop ‘Thursday Night Football’ starting in 2022, with the tech giant set to take over exclusive video rights.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Gray Television says it will acquire Meredith's 17 local TV stations for $2.7B in cash; Meredith's National Media Group will be spun out as a standalone company  —  Atlanta-based Gray Television has reached a deal with Meredith Corp. to acquire 17 TV stations for $2.7 billion.
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Roku's ad sales boss Alison Levin on how the company steered through the pandemic, seeing mass cancellations at first but then rebounding with a record quarter  —  - Roku saw a massive hit with cancellations in March at the beginning of the pandemic, letting businesses out of deals as they saw fit.
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Fox's free streaming service Tubi says it will launch 140 hours of original programming in the fall, and its total view time in Q1 grew by 54% YoY  —  Tubi, Fox Corp.'s free, ad-supported streaming service, will enter the original programming arena this fall.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
As big Sunday news shows continue to invite Republicans who tried to overturn the election, some local outlets regularly remind their audience during news items  —  The journalists at WITF, an all-news public radio station in Harrisburg, Pa., made a perfectly reasonable decision a few months ago.
James Hale / Tubefilter:
YouTube says it will begin withholding US federal income tax from all creator revenue generated by US-based viewers, due to changes to US Internal Revenue Code  —  In the coming months, YouTube will begin deducting United States federal income tax from all creator revenue generated by U.S.-based viewers.
Washington Post:
WaPo integrates with text-to-speech service Amazon Polly, making audio articles available across platforms, after launching them on its iOS, Android apps  —  The Washington Post today announced it has integrated Amazon Polly, giving readers the ability to listen to Post technology stories across platforms.
 
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Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sports betting media company Action Network, which has raised $20M and had ~$15M in 2020 revenue, to be sold to Denmark-based rival Better Collective for $240M
Megan Graham / CNBC:
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Leyland Cecco / The Guardian:
Overstory Media, which operates newsletter-based journalism outlets in Canada, announces plans to hire 250 journalists and launch 50 local news outlets by 2023
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Twitter to launch ad campaign to promote local journalism, starting with 28 full-page ads in local papers across the Gannett/USA Today and McClatchy networks