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9:25 AM ET, August 16, 2022


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Sam Thielman / FOREVER WARS:
Sam Thielman, a freelancer Substack hired to edit several writers, says he was fired in retaliation against a writer he edited who chose to move to Ghost  —  Edited and With a Coda by Spencer Ackerman  —  IN JULY, Spencer took this blog off Substack immediately after his contract with the newsletter company expired.
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Nexstar plans to buy a 75% stake in The CW from Paramount Global and Warner Bros. Discovery, both of which will retain 12.5% stakes and supply scripted content  —  The CW is about to enter a new ownership era, as local TV giant Nexstar Media Group has confirmed a pending deal to acquire …
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Nexstar will absorb The CW's debt but won't pay any cash or stock up front for its stake and wants to make The CW profitable by 2025, partly through cost cuts  —  As it transitions to new ownership, the CW will likely not look dramatically different in the near term, but Nexstar Media Group intends …
Walmart partners with Paramount to include the $4.99/month ad-supported tier of the Paramount+ streaming service as part of its Walmart+ subscription  —  U.S. retailer Walmart Inc (WMT.N) on Monday struck a deal with Paramount Global (PARA.O) to offer Paramount+ streaming service to the subscribers …
Etan Vlessing / The Hollywood Reporter:
Canadian broadcaster CTV's chief news anchor Lisa LaFlamme says she has been forced out of the network; CTV parent Bell Media cites “changing viewer habits”  —  LaFlamme announced on her Twitter account that Bell Media had made a “business decision” to replace her with Omar Sachedina as host of ‘CTV National News.’
Jesse Brown / CANADALAND:
Sources: Bell Media's VP of News Michael Melling fired CTV's Lisa LaFlamme for pushing back against his ideas; Melling also interfered with CTV's news coverage  —  “He doesn't like it when women push back.”  —  Lisa LaFlamme, chief anchor of CTV National News, was unceremoniously …
Lesley Goldberg / The Hollywood Reporter:
HBO Max lays off ~14% of its staff, or ~70 people, impacting reality, casting, international, and acquisitions, as part of leadership changes  —  An estimated 70 staffers have been let go as Sarah Aubrey adds international but loses comedy oversight.
Erik Hayden / The Hollywood Reporter:
New York Times:
Penguin Random House CEO Madeline McIntosh defends the Simon & Schuster acquisition in the DOJ antitrust trial, arguing the industry is vast and varied  —  Madeline McIntosh argued that the publishing industry extends far beyond its biggest players, and that the government has focused on a tiny sliver of deals.
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Snap says its Snapchat+ subscription, launched in June, now has 1M+ users globally and adds features, including priority Story replies to celebs  —  Snap said today that the company's paid subscription plan Snapchat+, which launched in June, now has more than 1 million users across the globe.
Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai / VICE:
Hacker conference DEF CON permanently bans OANN for violating its privacy policy by “repeatedly taking photo and video showing people's faces” without consent  —  Organizers said OAN journalists violated the conference's privacy policy.  —  Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Nielsen strikes a deal with Amazon to measure Thursday Night Football, the first time a streaming service will be included in Nielsen's weekly TV viewing report  —  Three-year deal marks first time ratings firm will include viewership of a streaming service's programming in traditional TV report
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Jezebel, The 19th, The Cut, and other women-centric publications that support abortion rights have seen a surge in readership since SCOTUS reversed Roe v. Wade  —  The surge of readers has buoyed a part of the digital media world that has gradually declined in recent years.
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Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Spotify is testing an audio feature in Vietnam that prompts users to record reactions to playlists, which will be posted as podcast episodes
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Rebecca Sun / The Hollywood Reporter:
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences issues a formal apology to Sacheen Littlefeather, who suffered harassment and discrimination at the 1973 Oscars
Sarah Krouse / Wall Street Journal:
Antenna: 19% of US streaming users canceled 3+ subscriptions from June 2020-June 2022; average monthly customer defections were 5.46% in July, up from 4.46% YoY
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple ads team lead Todd Teresi now reports directly to Eddy Cue and wants to increase the group's ad revenues from $4B per year to double digits
Check My Ads Institute:
NewsGuard makes a push to become the ad industry's partner in combating disinformation, even as its rating system regularly omits critical context about outlets
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Sources: Rupert and Lachlan Murdoch are expected to sit for depositions as soon as this month in Dominion's suit against Fox, and there were no settlement talks