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4:00 PM ET, August 12, 2022


 Top News: 
Stephen Proctor / Yahoo Entertainment:
Fox News' Brian Kilmeade showed a photoshopped image on air depicting the judge who signed off on the Mar-a-Lago raid grafted over an image of Jeffrey Epstein  —  On Thursday's Tucker Carlson Tonight, guest host Brian Kilmeade showed a clearly photoshopped image of U.S. Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart …
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Charter plans to shut down Spectrum Originals, after launching the original scripted content initiative in 2019, amid increased production costs and competition  —  EXCLUSIVE: Charter Communications is getting out of the original programming business.  The decision to shut down Spectrum Originals comes …
Discussion: Variety, Axios, @deadline, Next TV and TVLine
Jessica E. Lessin / The Information:
The Information hires Karl Wells, formerly Dow Jones' chief subscriptions officer, as its first chief commercial officer, to grow revenue  —  It's been a busy few months at The Information.  Our newsroom has been leading the narrative in coverage, from our early reporting on Netflix's dramatic move …
Salvador Rodriguez / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: before ATT, Apple and Meta discussed revenue-sharing deals, such as Apple taking a cut of “boosted posts” via IAP and an ad-free, Facebook subscription  —  The two tech giants discussed revenue-sharing arrangements, including a potential ad-free, subscription version of Facebook
Marketing Brew:
The Los Angeles Times, Vanity Fair, and others juice traffic by buying ads in the mobile game Subway Surfers, which offers rewards for viewing ads or articles  —  We played Subway Surfers for three weeks.  Of 365 ads, 124 were articles from 26 different publishers.
Hamish McKenzie / On Substack:
Substack's Hamish McKenzie changes his title from COO to Chief Writing Officer to signal the company's respect for writers and says “I'll be writing a lot more”  —  The first job title I've ever taken seriously … Audio playback is not supported on your browser.  Please upgrade.
James Anderson / Nieman Lab:
A look at The Kansas City Defender, which has one full-time staffer, two part-timers, five interns, and four freelancers, rooted in abolitionist press tradition  —  Most news outlets don't organize basketball park takeovers.  The Kansas City Defender is not like most outlets.
Tierney Sneed / CNN:
CNN, The Washington Post, NBC News, and Scripps ask a court to unseal Mar-a-Lago search documents, including any not covered by a DOJ bid to unseal the warrant  —  CNN, joined by The Washington Post, NBC News and Scripps, asked a court on Thursday to unseal documents connected to the FBI search …
Steven Perlberg / Insider:
The EIC and COO of the Center for Investigative Reporting are stepping down, one month after the layoffs of 10 of its 68 employees  —  - Editor-in-Chief Sumi Aggarwal and Chief Operating Officer Annie Chabel are leaving CIR and Reveal, its award-winning radio program.
Scott Deveau / Bloomberg:
Activist investor ValueAct Capital takes a 7% stake in The New York Times and urges an aggressive rollout of subscriber-only bundles; NYT's stock jumps 10%+  —  Activist investor ValueAct Capital Management has built a new position in the New York Times Co., contending the iconic newspaper company …
Twitter outlines its Civic Integrity Policy ahead of the US midterm elections, including state-specific hubs featuring local news and better account protections  —  Twitter is the place to find real-time, reliable information about the 2022 midterms - whether you're looking for breaking news from reporters …
Eric Mandel / Atlanta Business Journal:
Mailchimp co-founder Ben Chestnut plans to step down as CEO after 21 years and transition to a founder-advisor role; Intuit's Rania Succar will take over
Discussion: MediaPost and CoinDesk
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The NewsGuild:
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Fox Entertainment plans to expand its free, ad-supported streaming service Tubi to Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Panama later in August 2022
Discussion: MediaPost
Asif Shahzad / Reuters:
Pakistan's interior minister says TV channel ARY TV will face sedition charges for airing comments made by an adviser of former Prime Minister Imran Khan
Scott Roxborough / The Hollywood Reporter:
Paramount plans to launch Paramount+ in Italy on September 15, Germany and France “in the coming months”, and “all major European markets” by the end of 2022
Todd Spangler / Variety:
While Disney has more streaming subscribers than Netflix, Disney+'s US and Canada ARPU was $6.27/month in its Q3, vs. Netflix's ARPU of $15.95/month in its Q2