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2:55 PM ET, July 29, 2021


 Top News: 
Kelly McBride / NPR:
New NPR ethics policy ends a blanket ban on journalists participating in marches or rallies, but in practice requires them to discuss specific cases with bosses  —  NPR rolled out a substantial update to its ethics policy earlier this month, expressly stating that journalists may participate …
Wall Street Journal:
Scarlett Johansson sues Disney for breach of contract over concurrent release of Black Widow to Disney+ and theaters; source: release could cost Johansson $50M+  —  Star alleges simultaneous release of the latest Marvel movie in theaters and on Disney+ service was a breach of contract
The Wrap:
NBCU's Peacock has 54M total signups, up from 42M at the end of March, 20M monthly active users, and is planning a European expansion via Sky  —  Peacock has reached 54 million signups to-date, NBCUniversal's parent company Comcast revealed Thursday morning in its Q2 2021 earnings release.
Lillian Rizzo / Wall Street Journal:
Comcast Q2: NBCU revenue up 39% YoY to ~$8B; ad revenue up 33% YoY to ~$2.2B; Peacock, broadcast, cable TV revenue up 26% YoY to $5.15B; Sky up 28% to $5.22B  —  Comcast Corp. posted a 25% jump in profit in the second quarter, as its broadband and wireless businesses added more customers …
The New York Times Company:
NYT names Paula Szuchman to its newly created role of director of audio, which spans news and Opinion, as the outlet's audio teams near 100 people  —  Paula, a compassionate manager and creative and exacting editor who makes every story she works on better, will become the director of Audio, a new role that spans news and Opinion.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Hulu + Live TV is rolling out the NFL Network on its $64.99/month plan starting today; NFL RedZone is available as part of a new $9.99/month sports addition  —  Good news for football fans just before the start of the NFL Preseason.  —  Hulu Live TV will roll-out NFL Network to their channel line …
Jacob Borg / Times of Malta:
Public inquiry into the murder of Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia finds the state should be held responsible as it fostered a culture of impunity  —  This led to a situation where a need was felt to push back at the negative impact the journalist's writing had on the government …
Lauren Johnson / Insider:
Sources: Vizio to cut off 6+ companies to which it sold retargeting data, including The Trade Desk, as it plans to share data exclusively with Verizon Media  —  - TV seller Vizio is cutting off some adtech companies from ad targeting data as it tries to build a TV ad business.
Discussion: @joshsternberg
Edmund Lee / @edmundlee:
[Thread] Dow Jones CEO Almar Latour announces the hiring of Aaron Kissel as general manager for WSJ; Kissel was formerly chief product officer at Politico  —  .@WSJ publisher @almarlatour just announced the hiring of @aaronkissel as the new General Manager for The Wall Street Journal — it looks like everyone on the masthead just got layered:
Discussion: @edmundlee
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Profile of Futuro Media, a nonprofit that runs four Latino-focused outlets with funding from foundation philanthropy, individual donors, and corporate sponsors  —  In the halls of Congress in April, reporter Pablo Manríquez started asking United States representatives and senators …
College Big 12 conference commissioner says ESPN is luring member colleges to other conferences, demands ESPN cease and desist; ESPN says claims have no merit  —  Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby alleges conference media rights partner ESPN conspired to damage the league by luring Texas …
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Discussion: Mumbrella
Jake Dean / Slate:
NBC promoted Peacock's Olympics coverage before the games, but finding free live sports there has been confusing; some sports are only available via paid tiers
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Netflix will now require COVID-19 vaccinations for the casts of all US productions and for those who come into contact with the casts, with rare exceptions
Stephanie Condon / ZDNet:
Facebook says Q2 ad revenue was $28.58B, up 56% YoY, with average price per ad up 47% YoY and a 6% YoY increase in ads delivered
Andrew Marantz / New Yorker:
A look at “dirtbag-left” podcasts like Chapo Trap House, that pair socialist ideas with the rhetorical style of social media, as some pivot away from politics
 Earlier Picks: 
Leah Finnegan / Gawker:
Gawker, now owned by Bustle, relaunches with Leah Finnegan as editor-in-chief
Michael Barthel / Pew Research Center:
State of US news media in 2020: newspapers made more money from circulation than from ads for the first time, cable news saw explosive audience growth, and more
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Internal email: WaPo will require all employees to show they are vaccinated against COVID-19, starting when workers return to the office, planned for Sept. 13