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Disney’s ESPN Under Fire for Removing Game Announcer

MarketWatch: "It’s a shame that this is even a topic of conversation and we regret that who calls play by play for a football game has become an issue." That's ESPN explaining in part why it shifted a college football broadcaster in the wake of deadly white...

Snap Mulls Adding Scripted Shows to App by End of Year

Tubefilter: Snapchat has seen some success with the content it has shared under its Snapchat Shows banner, and it plans to diversify its programming. Speaking at a festival in Scotland, the app’s VP of content Nick Bell said that users will likely see scripted,...

Facebook Names Exec to Help Develop Video Chat Device

Business Insider: Facebook has tapped one of its most veteran execs to lead all of its consumer hardware efforts, including the mysterious Building 8 division responsible for its forthcoming video chat device. Andrew "Boz" Bosworth will oversee Building 8 and Oculus,...

Amazon Ramps Up Openings of Brick-and-Mortar Stores

Seattle Times: Amazon is opening its ninth and 10th bookstores this week — in Bellevue and San Jose. The brick-and-mortar stores provide a glimpse into what Amazon’s ultimate goal might be as it undertakes a massive effort to understand how to deal face to face with...

Jukin Media to Expand LA Viral Video Production Space

Los Angeles Times: Jukin Media, the company behind viral sensations such as Pizza Rat and Chewbacca Mask Lady, will nearly double its office space in Culver City to produce more original programming off its trove of user-generated video...

WPP Chief Explains Causes Behind Struggling Ad Market

CNBC: The weakening in the ad market is due to digital disruption, activist investors and the low cost of capital money, according to WPP CEO Sir Martin Sorrell. "It's the digital disruption in consumer consumption of media, the digital disruption you see in...

Tronc’s New LA Times CEO Nabs Very Golden Parachute

TheStreet: Tronc, the country's third-largest daily newspaper company, may be in the midst of cost-cutting, jettisoning three corporate execs this week alone, but it's paying top dollar to its new publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Times, Ross...

Bezos’s WaPo Brings Artificial Intelligence to Native Ads

Digiday: Publishers are running into a wall with so-called native ads. Once seen as the panacea for declining digital ad rates, these ads that are designed to mimic editorial content have turned out to be costly to make and distribute and hard to scale, which makes...

News Corp: WSJ Editor Admonishes Journos Over Trump

New York Times: Gerard Baker, the editor in chief of the Wall Street Journal, has faced unease and frustration in his newsroom over his stewardship of the newspaper’s coverage of President Trump, which some journalists there say has lacked toughness and verve. s:...

Report: Media Pros Must Shape Future, Not Merely Adapt

Media Village: The Internet, digital, mobile, streaming and other technologies have dramatically changed the news, advertising and entertainment industries in the last 20 years.  A new report from the S.I. Newhouse School at Syracuse University warns media execs to...

Google, Wal-Mart Team Up in Shopping to Battle Amazon

CNBC: Wal-Mart is about to encroach even further on to Amazon's turf. The big-box retailer will soon offer customers the ability to order hundreds of thousands of its products by voice with the help of Google. The partnership is another critical step as Wal-Mart looks...

Sinclair Chief Eyes Collaboration with Breitbart Pal Bannon

Financial Times: Sinclair chief David Smith is said to be close to Steve Bannon and an admirer. He is keen to increase Sinclair’s heft in conservative commentary, a market currently dominated by Fox News Channel, and is believed to be eyeing a collaboration with...

Hulu Live TV Service Arrives on Microsoft Xbox 360 Console

TechCrunch: Starting Tuesday, Xbox 360 will support Hulu’s Live TV service. Hulu launched the highly anticipated streaming service earlier this May, which provides access to live television as well as Hulu’s library of original and streaming content for just under $40...

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