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11:30 AM ET, July 21, 2021

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Katie Deighton / Wall Street Journal:
Tumblr starts testing Post+, which allows users to charge their followers a monthly fee in exchange for access to exclusive content, with Tumblr taking a 5% cut  —  Social platform is the latest to let users earn money from posting  —  Microblogging stalwart Tumblr on Wednesday began …
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Looking back at the tough tactics of Disney's top comms officer, Zenia Mucha, who took an effective scorched-earth approach to PR and plans to retire in 2022  —  Bob Iger's top communications officer, retiring after 20 years in the role, was by far the most powerful female player over the years …
Isabell Hülsen / Spiegel Online:
Interview with FT Editor Roula Khalaf on attracting more female readers, how page views grew 42% YoY in 2020, and FT's reputation as a bible of capitalism  —  Former foreign correspondent Roula Khalaf has served as the top editor of the Financial Times since 2020.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Sean Hannity drew praise after urging people to “please take COVID seriously”, but Fox News' broader messaging on vaccines remains contradictory and sows doubt  —  That effort to sow doubt was on full display Monday night  —  It was a sentiment that has been heard only rarely …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Verizon Media reports Q2 revenue of $2.1B, up 50% YoY and 13% from Q2 2019, its third consecutive quarter of double-digit growth; FiOS TV lost 62,000 subs  —  Verizon Media is getting ready to fly out of the Verizon nest as a private company — and CEO Guru Gowrappan says the digital-media group …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Ofcom launches a formal investigation into BBC's plan to bring back BBC Three to broadcast TV over concerns that it might damage commercial rivals  —  Corporation aims to attract younger viewers by bringing back channel, but plan has been challenged  —  The BBC's plan to bring back BBC Three …
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Netflix reports Q2 revenue of $7.34B vs. $7.32B est., up 19% YoY, global paid net additions of 1.54M vs. 1.19M expected; US and Canada region lost 433K subs QoQ  —  - Netflix reported earnings that missed on the bottom line.  — The company's revenue and global paid net subscriber additions beat estimates.
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Jay Peters / The Verge:
Netflix says its expansion into gaming will start with mobile games, which will be included with a subscription at no additional cost
Michael De Dora / Committee to Protect Journalists:
US news orgs ask Biden and Congress for emergency visas for Afghans who worked with US media, saying they face “grievous harm and death” as troops withdraw  —  The Committee to Protect Journalists joined a coalition of U.S. news and press freedom organizations in joint letters …
The Guardian:
A proposed UK secrecy law would increase prison sentences for leakers of state secrets, remove the public interest defense, and possibly put journalists in jail  —  Home Office plans would remove the public interest defence for whistleblowing, and could put reporters in jail  —  ere we go again.
 
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Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times:
A look at JTBC, which bought a majority stake in the creative arm of talent agency CAA, one of several forays by South Korean companies into US entertainment
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Hollywood Reporter:
ESPN's Patricia Mays is named executive editor of news at The Hollywood Reporter, where she will oversee digital strategy
Aaron Couch / Hollywood Reporter:
Comic creators at Marvel and DC express dissatisfaction over “paltry” contracts that don't account for their work being adapted into TV shows or movies
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Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
CNN plans to hire 450 people for the launch of CNN+ for editorial, product, technology, design, analytics, and design roles
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: AT&T is in discussions to sell Xandr to Indian ad tech company InMobi; the mismanaged ad unit has annual revenue of ~$300-$380M and losses of $50-$90M