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4:10 PM 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.
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 …
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”
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
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Mark Hoffman, CNBC's president since 2005 and chairman since 2015, will step down on September 12; KC Sullivan will return to CNBC to replace him as president  —  - Mark Hoffman told CNBC employees he is stepping down next month.  — Hoffman has increased CNBC profitability in 16 of his 17 years running the business media division.
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  —  After testing new in-app podcast recording tools for users in New Zealand, Spotify is now trialing a new audio feature in Vietnam …
Discussion: The Verge and @glenngabe
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 …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
To expand into niche areas, Morning Brew debuts a creator program letting independent writers work for the company full time while keeping their distinct brands  —  Morning Brew, the business media company that caters to millennials, has launched a creator program that allows independent personalities …
Anya Schiffrin / Poynter:
Former chair of the commission that began Australia's news bargaining code: AU$200M+ from Google and Meta is being injected into Australian journalism annually  —  Outlets big and small are being paid for their content, and a government review aimed at improvements is underway
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.
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
BuzzFeed says 50%-75% of its US ad transactions use first-party data product Lighthouse, as the service expands to the UK, Canada, Australia, and Latin America  —  BuzzFeed, Inc. is expanding its first-party data services suite Lighthouse to international markets in the U.K., Canada, Australia and Latin America.
Discussion: @jason_kint
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 …
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
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Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
Analysis: over the past year, top pay TV providers had a net loss of ~5.425M subscribers; Q2 marked the second consecutive quarter with over 1.9M in net losses
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
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
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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
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
Erik Hayden / The Hollywood Reporter:
Dan Loeb's Third Point increases its stake in Disney and calls on the company to cut costs, explore spinning off ESPN, and integrate Hulu into Disney+

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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Apple releases emergency security updates for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS to fix two zero-days that may have been exploited, reaching 20 zero-days patched in 2023

Allison Johnson / The Verge:
Google says RCS in Google Messages now has over 1B MAUs, and adds Photomoji, Voice Moods, Screen Effects, Custom Bubbles, Animated Emoji, and other features

Richard Nieva / Forbes:
An interview with Yann LeCun and Joelle Pineau ahead of the 10th anniversary of Meta's Fundamental AI Research lab on ChatGPT, AI in the metaverse, and more

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