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11:25 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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:
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
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.
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
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
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
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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
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

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Katharine Gemmell / Bloomberg:
The UK CMA says Microsoft's revised offer to acquire Activision, which includes selling some gaming rights to Ubisoft, appears to address its concerns

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Apple releases emergency updates for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS to patch three new zero-day vulnerabilities, for a total of 16 zero-days fixed in 2023

Jay Peters / The Verge:
X plans to deprecate Circles on October 31, 2023; users will not be able to create new posts nor add people to their Circle but will be able to remove people

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