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10:35 AM ET, July 5, 2021


 Top News: 
Kevin Draper / New York Times:
ESPN talent and management have been at odds over the past year, after a white ESPN reporter suggested her colleague got a prized job because she was black  —  In comments still rippling through the network, the reporter Rachel Nichols, who is white, said Maria Taylor, who is Black …
Karlene Lukovitz / MediaPost:
YouGov: 47% of those in US don't have cable TV, including 60% of those 18-34; another survey finds most advertisers say CTV works at least as well as linear TV  —  Cordless consumers are on track to exceed cable viewers within the next year, according to a survey of 4,000 U.S. adults conducted …
Discussion: Business Wire
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Sports outlets like Racquet, whose next issue Naomi Osaka is guest editing, acknowledge athletes' social media reach while retaining journalistic independence  —  The tennis superstar is guest-editing Racquet magazine and has written a cover essay for Time.  What's left for traditional sports journalism?
Josh Kosman / New York Post:
Sources: Sinclair, the dominant owner of regional sports networks in the US, made an offer to acquire NBCUniversal's seven regional sports networks  —  Sinclair Broadcasting Group, already the nation's dominant owner of regional sports networks, has made an offer to acquire NBCUniversal's …
Gabriel Geiger / VICE:
Norway passes law requiring ads and sponsored posts that use manipulated images of body parts be labeled; King of Norway will decide when it goes into effect  —  The new law will require advertisements where a body's shape, size, or skin has been retouched to be labeled.  —  GG
Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
DOJ has begun arresting those who attacked reporters or damaged their equipment during the US Capitol riot  —  Nearly six months after the U.S. Capitol riot, the Justice Department has begun arresting a new category of alleged criminals — those who attacked reporters or damaged their equipment …
The Information:
Sources: US subscriber growth at Disney+ has slowed sharply, with 38M total subs in North America as of early July, compared to 37M at the start of February  —  U.S. subscriber growth at Disney's Disney+ streaming service slowed sharply in the past few months, according to internal data reviewed …
Austen Goslin / Polygon:
Riot Games, maker of League of Legends, releases an album of lo-fi beats, letting gamers stream their sessions with music without fear of DMCA copyright strikes  —  Vi from League of Legends stars in an animated video about relaxing  —  Riot Games' latest music project is an album of chill lo-fi beats for players to relax/game to.
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Justices Gorsuch and Thomas call for review of 1964 NYT v. Sullivan ruling that made it harder for public figures to claim libel, citing modern media landscape  —  Justice Neil M. Gorsuch added his voice to that of Justice Clarence Thomas in questioning the longstanding standard for public officials set in New York Times v. Sullivan.
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Transport for London, which operates 100K+ ad spaces throughout the tube network, says ad revenue dropped by £100M to £50M for the year ending March
Columbia Journalism Review:
Interviews with 60 Americans in spring 2020 found most distrusted media but watched TV news more than usual and trusted their abilities to corroborate reports
Discussion: @journaccel, @cjr, @janebsinger, @jnelz and @cjr
Wall Street Journal:
Gettr has ties to Chinese businessman Guo Wengui, who is involved with GTV Media Group and other disinformation networks in the US; sources: Gettr raised $30M
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Stephen Fowler / NPR:
How The Georgia Star News, a site launched after the 2020 election as part of pro-Trump Star News Network, pushes election misinfo, aided by talk radio shows