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10:35 AM ET, August 6, 2021


 Top News: 
Cristiano Lima / Washington Post:
In a letter to Zuckerberg, the FTC called Facebook's initial claim it cut off NYU researchers' access to comply with an FTC privacy agreement as “inaccurate”  —  The Federal Trade Commission has dismissed as “inaccurate” Facebook's claim that it cut off a group of researchers' access …
Gilad Edelman / Wired:
Mozilla's analysis says Facebook's justifications for cutting off access to researchers running NYU's Ad Observatory project “simply do not hold water”
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Texas Tribune names Sewell Chan as its editor-in-chief, starting October 18; Chan currently oversees the LA Times' editorial board and opinion section  —  Mr. Chan, who became The Times's editorial page editor last year, will be the editor in chief of The Texas Tribune starting Oct. 18.
Michael M. Grynbaum / @grynbaum:
[Thread] Memo from CNN's Jeff Zucker: the company has fired three employees in the last week who had been coming into the office unvaccinated  —  CNN terminated “three employees who were coming to the office unvaccinated,” per memo from Jeff Zucker. “We have a zero-tolerance policy on this.”
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Dow Jones, the News Corp unit that is parent of WSJ, MarketWatch, and Barron's, reported $69M in profit on $449M revenue in Q4; WSJ subscriptions rose 15% YoY  —  Dow Jones & Co., the parent of The Wall Street Journal, and Barron's reported an 18 percent increase in revenue …
News Corporation:
News Corp CEO says deals with major tech platforms will add annual revenue “into nine figures” as the company reports Q4 net loss of $15M on revenue of $2.49B  —  Fiscal 2021 Full Year Key Financial Highlights  — Revenues were $9.36 billion, a 4% increase compared to $9.01 billion …
Discussion: The Guardian, Adweek, Mediaweek and The Age
Associated Press:
Taliban say they've killed the director of Afghanistan's Government Information Media Center, who ran state press operations for local and foreign media  —  KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Taliban shot and killed the director of Afghanistan's Government Information Media Center on Friday …
Discussion: Insider, Washington Post and @markdavis
Karolos Grohmann / Reuters:
IOC says no one, including athletes, is allowed to share videos from the Olympics on social media in order to protect broadcasters' rights  —  Sharing videos from the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on social media is not allowed, even for athletes, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Gotham Awards will no longer award acting prizes by gender, replacing best actor and best actress prizes with outstanding lead performance;  —  The Gothams will replace the best actress and best actor categories with a single category for “outstanding lead performance.”  —  Should acting prizes be gender neutral?
Discussion: The Wrap, Vanity Fair and IndieWire
Michael Schneider / Variety:
HFPA adopts a new set of bylaws to reform the organization, including an expansion of its board of directors and of membership criteria to increase diversity  —  The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has approved the new set of bylaws that had been proposed to reform the organization …
Discussion: New York Times, Newser and The Wrap
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
AMC Networks Q2: $68M in operating income on net revenue of $771.4M, up 19% YoY; domestic ad revenue up 13% YoY to $212M, subscription revenue up 14% YoY  —  AMC Networks joined the ranks of media companies showing that TV advertising has mounted a significant recovery from the devastation of Covid-19 a year ago.
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Frank Pallotta / CNN:
NBC's TV audience for the Olympics is down 45% since the Rio Olympics, with primetime viewership down 51% and averaging 13.5M viewers
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
Ofcom study: Netflix's UK customer base is now bigger than the total of all UK pay-TV subs; UK has 31M subscribers to streaming services, up from 20M in 2019
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Matt Skibinski / NewsGuard:
NewsGuard/Comscore on digital ad spending: $2.6B goes to “misinformation” sites globally each year; for every $2.16 sent to US newspapers, misinfo sites get $1
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
South Park creators Trey Stone and Matt Parker sign a six-year, $900M+ deal with ViacomCBS for 14 spinoff movies for Paramount+ and episodes for Comedy Central