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11:05 PM ET, August 3, 2021


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Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
Discovery says it has 18M subscribers, most on Discovery+, reports Q2 net income of $672M on revenue of $3.06B, up 21% YoY; US ad revenue grew 12% YoY to $1.1B  —  Discovery surpassed financial expectations in the second quarter of 2021, when advertising sales and growth at Discovery+ made for a solid three-month period.
K.J. Yossman / Variety:
Discovery's deal to buy European rights for 2018-2024 Olympics, worth $1.5B, has led to severely limited free-to-air coverage in the UK, Italy, and elsewhere
Nia Prater / New York Magazine:
NY AG report: Chris Cuomo of CNN sent an email that appeared to be a draft PR release for his brother, Andrew, when harassment claims against the governor arose  —  The newly released report from Attorney General Letitia James's office on sexual-harassment allegations against Governor Andrew Cuomo …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Q&A with YouTube chief product officer Neal Mohan on monetizing Shorts, content moderation with Content ID, YouTube TV, competing with TikTok, and more  —  YouTube chief product officer Neal Mohan joined Decoder this week to discuss YouTube's new $100 million fund to begin paying creators …
Facebook says it has disabled the accounts, apps, Pages, and access to its APIs for researchers running NYU's Ad Observatory Project, citing TOS violations  —  - Company says researchers of political ads were scraping data  — NYU's Ad Observatory got cease-and-desist letter last October
Knight Foundation:
Knight Foundation announces Jim Brady as VP/Journalism; Brady has worked at WaPo, Digital First Media, and founded Spirited Media  —  Jim Brady will be VP/Journalism  —  Heidi Barker will be VP/Communications and Chief DEI Officer  —  Digital news leader Jim Brady will join the John S …
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Longform podcast, with ~500 episodes of interviews with writers and others, is joining Vox Media Podcast Network, which will handle marketing and distribution  —  Starting today, the Longform podcast — a long-running show featuring interviews with nonfiction writers and journalists about storytelling …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Spotify is testing Spotify Plus, a low-cost tier that includes ads but doesn't impose limits on track skipping and lets users pick specific songs to play  —  Spotify Plus is being piloted with a ‘limited number’ of users  —  Spotify Plus is a new low-cost subscription tier being piloted …
J. Clara Chan / Hollywood Reporter:
On-demand movie and TV service FandangoNOW has merged with video streaming service Vudu, which will become Roku's official movie and TV store  —  The updated Vudu service will have more than 200,000 titles to rent or buy — including features on Disney+ like ‘Black Widow.’
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Subscription podcast company Quake raises $3.5M and says it has an almost 90% retention rate on monthly churn after the one-week free trial expires  —  Quake, a subscription podcast company founded by media veterans, has raised an additional $3.5 million, Axios has learned.
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Kieran Leavitt / Toronto Star:
Canada launches more talks on making digital platforms like Facebook and Google pay for journalism, with Australia's model and an indie media fund as options  —  The federal government has two options on the table for making digital platforms such as Facebook and Google pay media companies …
Lauren Easton / Associated Press:
Daisy Veerasingham named president and CEO of The Associated Press, becoming the first woman, person of color, and foreign citizen to lead the outlet  —  NEW YORK - The Associated Press today named Daisy Veerasingham as its new president and CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2022.
Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Condé Nast and Universal Music Group partner to launch CNCV+, which will provide advertisers access to both audiences through one offering  —  This morning, Cond?  Nast announced it has partnered with Universal Music Group to launch Cond?  Nast Certified Video Plus (CNCV+) …
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Laurel Brubaker Calkins / Bloomberg:
US Rep. Devin Nunes, who has sued CNN, WaPo, Twitter, and others, sues NBCUniversal in a Texas district court, saying Rachel Maddow of MSNBC defamed him
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Miranda Sawyer / The Guardian:
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Leonard Greene / New York Daily News:
A staffer sues Fox News saying Andrew Napolitano sexually harassed him and Larry Kudlow made racist and sexist remarks; Fox has “parted ways” with Napolitano
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Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
Sources: Washingtonian Media CEO has called staffers, held meetings, and otherwise pressured employees to vote no on the upcoming NLRB election
New York Times:
While social media companies attract attention for vaccine misinformation, researchers say local media has been a powerful conduit for anti-vaccine messaging