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7:15 PM ET, August 30, 2021

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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Profile of Robert Allbritton, son of a Houston TV mogul and now among the top media investors of the century after Axel Springer agreed to buy Politico for ~$1B  —  From “son of” to mogul in his own right: Robert Allbritton just became the unlikeliest winner of the new media sweepstakes.
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Disney held unsuccessful mediation talks in June with alleged sexual assault victims of ex-ABC News exec Michael Corn, who was pushed out in April  —  Claims surfaced in lawsuit last week against former top producer Michael Corn, who denies the allegations; ABC is also a defendant
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Sarah Bartlett, dean of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, to retire next June after nearly nine years in the role  —  - HOME- / - STUDENT- / - SARAH BARTLETT TO STEP DOWN AS NEWMARK J-SCHOOL DEAN  —  Sarah Bartlett, dean of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism …
Micah Singleton / Billboard:
Apple acquires classical music streaming service Primephonic, giving its users six free months of Apple Music, and will debut its own classical music app in '22  —  Apple has acquired Primephonic, the classical music streaming service, for an undisclosed amount, the company tells Billboard.
Ryan Broderick / Garbage Day:
Digital media, as a business, is broken because outlets are being SPAC'd into vague network blobs publishing the same content, not because people no longer read  —  Thanks for reading Garbage Day!  If you subscribe, you'll get Discord access and bonus content every Thursday.  And it's pretty cheap! $5 a month!
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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Penske Media calls SPACs “an investor fad” as sources say it rejected eight SPAC approaches; Bustle is still pursuing a SPAC deal and Vox is considering one  —  - There's disagreement among digital media founders about whether or not to pursue SPACs as the market has soured.
Pew Research Center:
Partisan divide in US media trust widened in the past 5 years, as the percentage of Republicans with trust in national media dropped from 70% in 2016 to 35% now  —  In just five years, the percentage of Republicans with at least some trust in national news organizations has been cut in half - dropping from 70% in 2016 to 35% this year.
Emily Atkin / HEATED:
Activists launch a campaign to pressure NYT to stop creating and running fossil fuel ads, as NYT staff say the practice undermines its own climate reporting  —  As climate disasters devastate America, activists aren't the only ones wondering why the paper of record is still advertising fossil fuels.
Dan Bilefsky / New York Times:
Profile of Tolo, Afghanistan's largest broadcaster famous for its hard-hitting news, as it plans to broadcast from Europe or the Middle East if it is shut down  —  Tolo came to prominence with hard-hitting news, raucous reality shows and lurid Turkish soap operas.
Andrea Wenzel / Poynter:
Report details The Philadelphia Inquirer's work to be inclusive and antiracist after the paper published the infamous “Buildings Matter, Too” headline last year  —  After the infamous ‘Buildings Matter, Too’ headline, the paper launched its ‘Inquirer for All’ project to rebuild to be inclusive and antiracist.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
By constantly engaging with Peter Doocy during press briefings, Biden and Psaki are trying to fight right-wing misinformation while getting airtime on Fox News  —  In a sense, Peter Doocy's arrival in the White House press briefing room has been to his employer's detriment.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
How Scarlett Johansson's lawsuit against Disney could change Hollywood dealmaking and entertainment contracts, which traditionally accepted some ambiguity  —  In the past, a little ambiguity in entertainment contracts wasn't necessarily a bad thing, but Disney's reaction to Scarlett Johansson …
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Q&A with Maria Salazar Ferro, director of CPJ's Emergencies team, on its work to help journalists leave Afghanistan, and on its support of those who remain  —  Since Afghanistan fell under the control of the Taliban, CPJ has been deeply concerned for the safety of hundreds of local journalists and media workers.
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Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
Western news outlets are grappling with how to continue their Afghanistan coverage, amid a chaotic US withdrawal and the departure of many staffers
 
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The Sun pays damages and apologizes to the England cricketer Ben Stokes and his mother, for publishing details of a family tragedy in a 2019 front page story
Associated Press:
Belarusian Association of Journalists forced to close in a ruling by the country's supreme court on Friday amid a crackdown including jailing of ~30 journalists
Brett Arends / MarketWatch:
Bari Weiss says her Substack has 14K subs paying $5/month, effectively a yearly gross revenue of $800K+, and her previous job was “really ugly” in retrospect
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: ESPN has held talks to license its brand to sports betting companies including Caesars Entertainment and DraftKings, seeking $3B+ over several years
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
A look at the numbers behind Apple's reduced 15% commission for its Apple News partners, and how the changes could benefit NYT
 

 
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Kate Rooney / CNBC:
Sources: Amazon plans to launch a more conversational Alexa with generative AI features later in 2024, and charge a monthly subscription to offset the cost

Kif Leswing / CNBC:
Nvidia reports Q1 revenue up 262% YoY to $26.04B, vs. $24.65B est., forecasts Q2 revenue above estimates, and announces a 10-for-1 stock split

Emma Roth / The Verge:
Bluesky now lets users send DMs and says it's working on adding support for messages with images and end-to-end encryption

 
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