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7:35 PM ET, May 8, 2015

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Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Bill Simmons' ESPN contract will not be renewed, Grantland said to be unaffected by departure  —  Bill Simmons and ESPN Are Parting Ways  —  Bill Simmons, who built a personal empire at ESPN and is one of America's most influential sports personalities, will leave the media giant when his contract expires in the fall.
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Peter Kafka / Re/code:
Grantland Publisher David Cho Is Leaving, Too  —  Bill Simmons isn't the only one leaving Grantland and ESPN.  —  David Cho, who has been publisher of the sports + pop culture site since Simmons started it in 2011, gave his notice to ESPN last week, according to a person familiar with the site.
Cora Currier / The Intercept:
U.S. Government Designated Prominent Al Jazeera Journalist as “Member of Al Qaeda”  —  The U.S. government labeled a prominent journalist as a member of Al Qaeda and placed him on a watch list of suspected terrorists, according to a top-secret document that details U.S. intelligence efforts …
Re/code:
Apple's new music service to push subscriptions, but could also offer a free trial and samples  —  Apple's New Music Service Will Push Paid Subscriptions, With Free Samples  —  Apple wants people to pay for its streaming music service.  But that doesn't mean it won't let people listen for free, too.
Caitlin Petre / Tow Center for Digital Journalism:
The Traffic Factories: Metrics at Chartbeat, Gawker Media, and The New York Times  —  A report by Tow Fellow Caitlin Petre.  —  PROJECT LEADER:  —  Acknowledgements  —  I owe an enormous debt of gratitude to those employees of Chartbeat, The New York Times, and Gawker Media who shared their time, insights, and experiences with me.
Joel Rosenblatt / Bloomberg Business:
Yahoo sues former employee Cecile Lal, saying she broke a confidentiality agreement by leaking proprietary information to author Nicholas Carlson  —  Yahoo Sues Ex-Staffer Claiming She Gave Secrets to Writer  —  Yahoo! Inc. sued a former employee over claims she “brazenly” …
Discussion: @kevinroose and @nichcarlson
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Google Says 46% of Web Video Ads Are Never Viewed  —  Of Unseen Ads, 76% Did Not Even Appear On Screen  —  Google says YouTube has a much higher viewability rate than the wider web.  —  2015 Programming Roundup  —  Digital was supposed to fix that old adage about an advertiser knowing …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Vice Media Taps Publishing Veteran Richard Beckman as Chief Revenue Officer (Exclusive)  —  In a move to double down on its business, Vice Media has appointed publishing veteran Richard Beckman as its first chief revenue officer.  —  The former Conde Nast executive started on Thursday and reports to Vice co-president Andrew Creighton.
Discussion: FishbowlNY, AdAge, Variety and WWD
Jim Romenesko:
MediaShift breaks away from PBS.org … Glaser answers some questions after the jump.  —  Did PBS.org cover all of your expenses and pay your salary?  —  PBS funded us partially from 2006 until 2014, then cut off funding, but gave us the option of selling, spinning off, or staying put.
Discussion: Poynter
Jeremy Barr / Capital New York:
Bloomberg's anti-gun group sets up an editorial operation  —  Everytown for Gun Safety, the nonprofit advocacy organization co-chaired by Michael Bloomberg, is launching an adjacent news operation, scheduled to debut in June, Capital has learned.  —  James Burnett, who resigned from The New Republic …
Bloomberg Business:
Federal appeals court rules against FCC in review of AT&T/DirecTV merger, says media companies don't have to divulge programming agreements with cable providers  —  CBS, Disney Defeat FCC in Fight Over Programming Disclosures  —  Media companies including CBS Corp. and Walt Disney Co …
 
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Lisa Beilfuss / Wall Street Journal:
E.W. Scripps Q1 revenue up 5.3% to $214.5M, digital ad revenue up 21% to $5.3M, newspaper revenue down 7.1% to $91.5M
Discussion: Associated Press
Liana B. Baker / Reuters:
Bright House Networks plans to drop merger with Charter-sources
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
London Live to backtrack on promise to increase original programming
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
News Corp hacking scandal costs rise to $512m
Discussion: Press Gazette
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Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Inside the upcoming life sciences newsroom from Boston Globe Media, headed by ex-editor of Politico, Rick Berke, and based in Boston and DC
Discussion: Media Nation
Christian Sandvig / Social Media Collective:
Facebook's news polarization study is flawed because it only counted users self-reporting their ideological affiliation
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Publishing to buy U-T San Diego for $85 million