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8:30 PM ET, August 16, 2022


 Top News: 
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”
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.
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
Blake Brittain / Reuters:
The US government backs Lynn Goldsmith's legal claim that Andy Warhol infringed her copyright on a photo of Prince; the Supreme Court hears the case in October  —  The U.S. government urged the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday to rule that a photographer can pursue a copyright lawsuit …
Bevin Fletcher / Fierce Video:
The Roku Channel adds NBC local news channels for San Diego, Boston, and the Bay Area, plus NBCUniversal's LX News, six Scripps channels, BBC Kids, and more  —  The Roku Channel is beefing up its Live TV Guide with 14 new linear channels, including the addition of three more featuring NBC local news and six channels from Scripps.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Video streaming options increasingly resemble the bloated cable industry they sought to replace, as companies launch ad-supported tiers and bundle services  —  Facing saturation in the U.S., most major streamers are launching cheaper ad-supported streaming tiers, and are beginning to bundle …
Walmart partners with Paramount to include the $4.99/month ad-supported tier of the Paramount+ streaming service as part of its Walmart+ subscription
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
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 …
On Substack:
Substack tests Threads, which gives writers a dedicated space to host conversations with subscribers, in its iOS app for a select group of publications  —  A new way to cultivate conversations and community with your subscribers  —  Today we're introducing Substack Threads …
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
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Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
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New York Times:
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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
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
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