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7:55 PM ET, December 6, 2021


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New York Times:
CNN says it has fired Chris Cuomo after “additional information has come to light” about the help he gave his brother Andrew Cuomo  —  The network said it had “terminated him, effective immediately,” a move that came days after a lawyer for a former colleague accused the host of sexual misconduct.
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: CNN's Chris Cuomo U-turn came after NY AG records, a law firm report, and a separate sexual misconduct allegation against him from an ex-ABC colleague  —  Network boss fired the star anchor on Saturday, leaving a hole in the channel's prime-time lineup
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Chris Cuomo says he is also leaving SiriusXM, where he hosted a regular weekday radio program, to “focus on what comes next”  —  Chris Cuomo, terminated from a prominent CNN anchor job over the weekend, is giving up another perch.  —  Cuomo is also leaving SiriusXM …
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
BuzzFeed closed down 11% on its Nasdaq trading debut, attaining a market cap of $364M, after raising less than expected from its SPAC  —  - Company is in talks to make Michael Del Nin its new president  — Sector needs ‘strong public company,’ co-founder Peretti says
Peter Kafka / Vox:
A look at BuzzFeed's rocky transformation into a public company, as Bustle CEO says its fate will determine the fortunes of other digital media companies  —  “The fate of BuzzFeed is going to determine the fortunes of a lot of other companies.”  —  The transformation from startup to public company is supposed to be a very big deal.
Matt Schudel / Washington Post:
Fred Hiatt, The Washington Post's editorial page editor since 2000, dies at 66  —  Fred Hiatt, a onetime foreign correspondent who in 2000 became The Washington Post's editorial page editor and greatly expanded the global reach of the newspaper's opinion writers in the era of 9/11 …
Alistair Gray / Financial Times:
GroupM: global ad revenue will reach $763B in 2021, up 18.7% from 2019; Alphabet, Meta, and Amazon control 80-90% of the digital ad market outside of China  —  Alphabet, Meta and Amazon have doubled their share of ad revenues in past 5 years, industry estimates
Ben Smith / New York Times:
A document from TikTok's engineering team in Beijing details the app's addictive algorithm, which pursues DAUs by optimizing for “retention” and “time spent”  —  It's the most successful video app in the world.  Our columnist has obtained an internal company document …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Disney scraps the FX on Hulu branding two years after it launched, to make FX branding consistent worldwide across its DTC and linear TV services  —  Disney has decided kill off the “FX on Hulu” name less than two years after it launched — a piece of brand-management microsurgery many people probably won't even notice.
Dana Milbank / Washington Post:
Analysis of 200K+ articles from 65 news sites: coverage of Biden for the past four months has been as bad as, or worse than, Trump in the same period of 2020  —  A sampling of headlines atop the influential Politico Playbook newsletter over the past month:  —  “Let the Democratic freakout begin.”
Kevin Breuninger / CNBC:
Rep. Devin Nunes, a close Trump ally and former chair of the House Intelligence Committee, says he will resign to become CEO of Trump Media & Technology Group  —  - Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., will resign from Congress to become chief executive officer of former President Donald Trump's fledgling social media entity next month.
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