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6:20 PM ET, August 19, 2022


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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 …
Eric Vilas-Boas / Vulture:
The CNN Originals hub launches on Discovery+ on August 19 with more than 800 episodes from CNN Original Series, CNN Films, and HLN Original Series  —  At your service.  —  “The most trusted name in news” has a new streaming home next to venerable programming like The 90 Day Fiancé and Mermaids: The New Evidence.
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
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
HBO Max removes about 200 older episodes of the kids' show Sesame Street; as of now, 456 episodes remain, with only 29 of those from the earliest seasons  —  Bought to you by the letters G-O-N-E: The content purge at HBO Max continues as the streaming platform has pulled about 200 older episodes of classic kids' show “Sesame Street.”
Selome Hailu / Variety:
Warner Bros. Discovery lets go of four top executives at OWN, the cable network that Discovery and Oprah Winfrey started as a joint venture  —  Grant-Selma serves as general counsel for the network, while Giddens is chief marketing officer.  —  Additionally, Nicole Nichols …
Discussion: The Wrap and @jbflint
Alexander Gladstone / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Cineworld, owner of Regal Cinemas, is preparing to file for bankruptcy in the US after struggling to rebuild attendance since the pandemic  —  Theater admissions aren't recovering fast enough for the world's second-largest cinema chain to avert insolvency
Max Tani / Politico:
WaPo media reporter Paul Farhi was suspended for five days in March, as management said he jeopardized a colleague's safety; his union is challenging the action  —  The Washington Post quietly suspended one of its longest serving reporters, Paul Farhi, this past spring …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Netflix's original kids programming and new original movies will stay commercial-free in its ad-supported tier launching early next year  —  Netflix Inc.'s kids programming and new movies will stay commercial free when the company introduces its advertising-supported service, according to people familiar with the plans.
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Paramount renews its US media rights to Champions League in a deal valued at $1.5B+ over six years, more than double the size of its previous contract  —  Paramount Global renewed its US media rights to Champions League football matches in a deal valued at more than $1.5 billion over six years …
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.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
TechCrunch debuts a tool to check if an Android device has been hacked by one of several spyware apps, after its probe into TheTruthSpy  —  TechCrunch today launched a spyware lookup tool that allows anyone to check if their Android device was compromised by a fleet of consumer-grade spyware apps, including TheTruthSpy.
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”
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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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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
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
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