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8:45 AM ET, August 19, 2022


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David Folkenflik / NPR:
CNN is canceling the weekly media show Reliable Sources, and host Brian Stelter is leaving the network; Reliable Sources' final episode will air on August 21  —  CNN is canceling its Sunday media affairs show Reliable Sources, and host Brian Stelter is departing the network, Stelter tells NPR.
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Insiders say Brian Stelter's CNN exit is an effort to tone down partisanship, based on earlier comments by David Zaslav, Chris Licht, and investor John Malone  —  The sudden cancellation of the outspoken anchor and media reporter's show, Reliable Sources, may offer clues …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Nielsen: in July, for the first time, streaming had the largest share of US TV viewing at 34.8%; cable and broadcast had 34.4% and 21.6%, respectively  —  Americans now watch more stuff on TV from streaming services than either broadcast or cable TV.  —  Streaming platforms, led by Netflix …
Michael Smith / Sports Business Journal:
The Big Ten Conference finalizes media rights contracts with CBS, Fox, and NBC totaling $8B+ over seven years, almost 3x more than the previous contract  —  The Big Ten has finalized media rights contracts with CBS, Fox and NBC that will total more than $8 billion over seven years …
Jess Weatherbed / The Verge:
Google plans to prioritize “content made specifically by and for people” in Search in English globally, covering shopping, arts and entertainment, and more  —  The first update starts rolling out on Monday  —  Google is making a series of updates to Search that aim to tackle clickbait …
Molly Taft / Gizmodo:
A look at Chevron-sponsored Permian Proud, a new site in a Texas news desert that offers local event info, feel-good stories, and positive “news” about Chevron  —  At first glance, the story looks like something your aunt might post on her Facebook from her local newspaper.
Wilson Chapman / Variety:
HBO plans to remove ~36 titles from its service as early as this week, citing the pending Discovery+ merger; the move will likely help cut costs and residuals  —  HBO Max will remove almost 36 titles from its service as early as this week, Variety has confirmed.
Lizbeth Diaz / Reuters:
Human rights organization Article 19 says 18 journalists have been killed in Mexico so far in 2022, four have been forcibly displaced, and two went into exile  —  This year will be the deadliest on record for journalists in Mexico, with 18 killed so far, human rights organization Article 19 said in a report Thursday.
Karen K. Ho / The Cut:
A profile of Alex Wagner, who has taken Rachel Maddow's MSNBC time slot after stints at culture magazines, a nonprofit, and earlier shows at MSNBC and Showtime  —  Alex Wagner has no chill.  We're talking about the upcoming midterm elections in a small, undecorated corner office at 30 Rock …
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Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
The New York Daily News' union blasts Alden Global Capital, the newspaper's owner, for working conditions it says are causing staffers to “quit in droves”
James Hercher / AdExchanger:
Walmart reports Q2 ad revenue grew 30% YoY, likely in the $500M-$700M range since its ad business made $2.1B in revenue in 2021
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J. Clara Chan / The Hollywood Reporter:
Apple Podcasts adds charts for the top 100 most-subscribed shows and channels available on the service but will not release specific subscriber numbers
Thomas Seal / Bloomberg:
GB News co-founders Andrew Cole and Mark Schneider and Warner Bros. Discovery will sell their stakes in GB News as part of a £60M fundraising round
Esther Kezia Thorpe / Media Voices:
A look at the growth of print subscriptions for news-focused magazines with little advertising in the UK, including The Economist, The Spectator, and The Week
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Netflix iOS app code suggests the ad-supported tier, arriving in early 2023, won't let users download shows for offline viewing or skip ads
Alex Barinka / Bloomberg:
As part of its ban on political ads, TikTok will remove paid political posts by influencers; election-related posts will be reviewed and could be throttled