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5:25 PM ET, July 8, 2021


 Top News: 
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
Jonah Peretti says BuzzFeed “invested in news beyond where the revenue could support it” in 2014-2016, thinks commerce will make up 31% of revenue by 2024  —  Jonah Peretti says he has learned from earlier ‘mistake’ and promises to grow in ‘sustainable way’
Jonathan Swan / Axios:
Sources: Tucker Carlson accused the NSA of spying on him after he learned US officials knew he was talking to Kremlin intermediaries to set up a Putin interview  —  Tucker Carlson was talking to U.S.-based Kremlin intermediaries about setting up an interview with Vladimir Putin shortly …
BuzzFeed News:
FOIA docs show that a Fox News producer sent a very broad FOIA request to the NSA last week seeking evidence that officials were spying on Tucker Carlson
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Publicis Media launches the Once & For All Coalition, a multi-year effort aimed at getting advertisers to invest in minority-owned media  —  Publicis Media said it would launch a “multi-year” effort aimed at getting advertisers to invest more regularly in media outlets that cater to people …
Discussion: MediaPost, Ad Age and AgencySpy
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Foreign lobbying disclosures show Saudi Arabia is funding a yet-to-be-announced digital news service with a DC studio and English-language content  —  - Saudi Arabia is funding a digital news platform that will feature some U.S.-based media professionals as it begins a new lobbying effort aimed at the White House and Congress.
Naomi Osaka / TIME:
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Profile of whistleblower May Edwards, who's been sentenced to six months for providing BuzzFeed News with US Treasury Department documents exposing corruption  —  By the time Natalie Mayflower Sours Edwards stood before Judge Gregory Woods in a courtroom in Lower Manhattan last month …
Peter White / Deadline:
Shonda Rhimes extends her deal with Netflix, which will now include feature films and potential gaming and VR content  —  Shonda Rhimes is sticking with Netflix.  —  The Bridgerton creator has extended her partnership with the streamer.  —  The deal, which extends the multi-million dollar deal …
Bonnie Kristian / The Week:
Trump's lawsuits that claim Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube violated his First Amendment rights are just PR and fundraising tools, and likely legally doomed  —  One member of this class action is not like the others  —  Former President Donald Trump announced himself on Wednesday …
Universal agrees to give IMDb TV exclusive rights to its 2020-2021 films and Amazon Prime Video 10-month rights to future films, after four months on Peacock  —  EXCLUSIVE: In another blockbuster streaming deal with a major movie studio, Amazon's Prime Video and IMDb TV have closed …
Rebecca Beitsch / The Hill:
State Department OIG finds that former USAGM CEO Michael Pack erred in firing six employees and stripping some of security clearances; five have been reinstated  —  A government watchdog found the Trump-appointed leader of Voice of America (VOA) erred in his dismissal of six employees …
James Hercher / AdExchanger:
The Trade Desk launches a demand-side dashboard, Solimar, for ad buying and a venture capital arm; its first startup investment is in Chalice Custom Algorithms  —  The Trade Desk's investment in Chalice is another example of the company positioning as a voice of the open internet against walled gardens.
Discussion: @ericfranchi
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
A look at Peacock as it enters its second year, considers expansion abroad, and tries to grow paid subscriptions; sources: 20% of Peacock's 14M MAUs pay for it  —  Inside 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York last month, NBC executives revealed their long-awaited plan to use the Olympics to supercharge their streaming service, Peacock.
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
NFL and Twitter renew their content partnership with the NFL making a full-season commitment to produce over 20 Twitter Spaces audio chats with players
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Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
A look at Reviewed, which Gannett acquired last year for $160M to compete with NYT's Wirecutter and which has doubled staff to 80 employees in 18 months
Discussion: @ronlieber, Thanks:@megan
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
USA Today becomes the final major national daily to launch a paywall, although breaking news remains free; Gannett's digital outlets have 90M visitors per month