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10:20 PM ET, March 17, 2015

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Wall Street Journal:
Unbundling Pay-TV Brings New Questions  —  ‘Cord-Cutting’ choices grow, but questions for consumers, companies swirl  —  The media industry is racing toward an Internet-TV future at a breathtaking pace.  But the swift changes, highlighted by efforts from Apple Inc., Dish Network Corp. and others …
Discussion: LostRemote and TVLine
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Claire Atkinson / New York Post:
Sources: Apple offers to share viewer data with partners for online TV service to enable better ad targeting  —  Apple offers to share TV data to entice programming partners  —  Apple is offering to share data with programming partners to get them on board with its cable-like TV network package, The Post has learned.
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Longtime political blogger Mickey Kaus quits Daily Caller after Editor in Chief Tucker Carlson pulls column critical of Fox News  —  Mickey Kaus quits Daily Caller after Tucker Carlson pulls critical Fox News column  —  The blogger Mickey Kaus has quit his job at The Daily Caller …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Jay Yarow named executive editor at Business Insider  —  Jay Yarow, formerly the deputy editor at Business Insider, has been named executive editor there, according to an announcement from Business Insider CEO and Editor-in-Chief Henry Blodget.  Yarow replaces former Executive Editor Gus Lubin …
John Cook / Gawker Politburo:
Gawker launches Public Pool, a site that collates original White House pool reports; raw copy normally available only to media on WH email distribution list  —  Here Are All the White House Pool Reports  —  Much of the mundane, day-to-day media coverage of the president's activities …
Discussion: @nora_kelly, @johnjcook and @onthemedia
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Ex-Washington Post columnist Jason Reid has his new ESPN radio show halted after criticizing station owner in a column  —  ESPN radio suddenly halts ‘The Man Cave’, and some blame NFL's Redskins  —  Sports columnist Jason Reid said goodbye to his Washington Post colleagues on Wednesday …
Ernesto / TorrentFreak:
Belgian ISPs win pirate tax case against music rights group SABAM, court rules that they cannot be taxed as a public broadcast medium  —  Internet Providers Win Court Case Over “Pirate Tax”  —  Over the past several years Belgian music rights group SABAM has pressured Internet providers to take responsibility for online piracy.
Discussion: PC World and Techdirt
Neil Midgley / Guardian:
Scripps meeting with BBC Trust chairman Rona Fairhead, pressurizing corporation to sell its 50% stake in joint venture UKTV  —  Scripps steps up pressure on BBC over UKTV bid  —  US cable TV company arranges meeting with BBC Trust chair to persuade her that corporation should offload its 50% stake in pay-TV provider
Jim Romenesko:
Gannett CEO Gracia Martore's total compensation: $12.4M in 2014 vs. $7.9M in 2013  — via Gannett's Proxy Statement  —  . The figures were released Monday in Gannett's annual proxy filing with the SEC.  —  President/Broadcasting David Lougee -$2,487,680  —  President Gannett Digital Ventures Jack Williams - $2,913,339
Eric Blattberg / Digiday:
The Economist Films: The UK magazine launches its first film studio  —  Nearly 172 years since publishing its first edition, The Economist has arrived at a clear video strategy.  —  On Monday, The Economist Group announced the launch of Economist Films, which will work with Economist journalists to produce original video content.
Brian Fung / Washington Post:
The FCC's internal watchdog has opened an investigation into agency's net neutrality rule-making process, according to a top Republican lawmaker  —  GOP: The FCC's inspector general has launched an investigation into net neutrality  —  The Federal Communications Commission's internal watchdog …
 
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Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Vanessa Kingori Named British GQ Publisher
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Reuters:
Private equity firm Apollo Global Management LLC in advanced talks to buy most of Digital First Media's assets for $400M
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
The Sun launches political website SunNation as a stand-alone site beyond its paywall
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Chris Mooney / Washington Post:
Google studying ways to assess the quality of websites based on their accuracy
Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
Politico Europe to launch April 21, with weekly print edition starting April 23; joint venture with Axel Springer includes main newsroom in Brussels
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
BuzzFeed UK hit 18.8M unique visitors in February and is expanding editorial staff from 35 to 50 in 2015
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix Stock ‘Unattractive’ with Growing Pressure From HBO, Amazon, Hulu: Analysts
Discussion: CNNMoney and Wall Street Journal