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Fox TV Sells 80 Percent of Ad Inventory for Super Bowl 2020

Bloomberg:  Fox Sports has sold 80% of its Super Bowl commercials, resulting in what one network exec called a game of musical chairs for the remaining inventory. “It’s a pinch-yourself moment,” said Fox Sports exec Seth Winter. “We’re pacing well ahead of where we...

Apple Veteran Unveils Live Streaming Startup Called Caffeine

Fast Company:  A new streaming platform may be giving us a peek at the future of broadcast entertainment. Live-streaming startup Caffeine, started by former Apple designer Ben Keighran, aims to overtake Amazon’s Twitch and Microsoft’s Mixer as the world’s leading live...

Microsoft’s LinkedIn Chief Talks Social Media with Murdoch

Deadline:  James Murdoch didn’t mention Disney or the streaming wars or TV ratings or any of the myriad topics that marked his run as CEO of 21st Century Fox. Instead, his 30-minute discussion with LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman focused mainly on the mushrooming...

Amazon Cites Bias in US Contract Loss After Fighting Trump

MarketWatch:  Amazon plans to protest the award last month of a 10-year, $10 billion Pentagon cloud-computing contract to Microsoft that many assumed would go to Amazon. President Trump publicly lambasted CEO Jeff Bezos — who also owns the Washington Post — and...

Twitter’s Billboard Ad in Brooklyn Stirs Confusion, Cynicism

Financial Times:  “Using Twitter is like dipping your toes into an ocean of human beings.” What feelings does this image engender in you? A sickening sense of doom and foreboding? For us, when we came across the billboard in Williamsburg, our reaction swung from...

Google’s New User-Data Plan Alarms Publishers, Advertisers

Financial Times:  Google plans to limit advertiser access to personal data to address user privacy concerns in a move criticized by online ad agencies as self-serving. Advertisers and publishers said the move could further entrench Google’s dominance in online...

Apple’s News App Struggles to Add Subscribers Since Debut

CNBC:  Since Apple launched its paid news app, Apple News+, in March and signed on 200,000 subscribers in 48 hours, the company has struggled to add customers. While Apple doesn’t reveal the numbers of News+ subscribers to publishers, the figure hasn’t increased...

Gannett Eyes $400 Million in Cuts After Closing Mega Merger

Nieman Lab:  You think $300 million in costs cut is a big number? Try $400 million. Or more than $400 million. Those are the internal numbers in the air as America’s two largest newspaper chains, Gannett and GateHouse, try to land their mega merger, first announced in...

McClatchy, Tribune Revive Merger Talks a Year After Courting

Crain's Chicago Business:  Execs at McClatchy and Tribune Publishing have revived merger talks, according to industry analyst Ken Doctor, who cites several unidentified people with knowledge of the discussions. "A merger that buys time by massively cutting costs is a...

New York Times Readies Expansion Into Documentary Films

Digiday:  The New York Times is making a move into movies. The publisher aims to premiere at least two feature-length documentaries in the first half of 2020. The films will be the Times’ TV unit’s first feature-length documentaries directed by Times journalists and...

Meredith Plans Local TV Shows Inspired by Magazine Brands

Digiday:  Meredith has wanted to infuse its national magazines into its local TV stations’ programming for nearly 20 years. Now, the publisher’s focus on digital video is starting to make that a more viable possibility. This month, Meredith's 17 stations will begin...

The Economist Asks: Who Will Win the (Bloody) Media Wars?

The Economist:  "As the business model pioneered by Netflix is copied by dozens of rivals, over 700 million subscribers are now streaming video across the planet," notes the new cover story in The Economist. "This binge is the culmination of 20 years of creative...

Comcast Looks to Defeat Racial Bias Case at Supreme Court

CNBC:  Comcast looked poised for victory during arguments on Wednesday over a $20 billion racial discrimination case brought by media mogul Byron Allen. The win may not be final. The justices suggested they may erase the company’s defeat before a lower court, but give...

Google Enters Banking with Plan to Offer Checking Accounts

CNBC:  Google will offer checking accounts next year as it partners with financial institutions including Citigroup, representing Big Tech’s boldest move yet into consumer banking. Most previous efforts have focused on credit cards and payment platforms. “We’re...

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