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11:05 AM ET, July 7, 2015


 Top News: 
Tara Conlan / Guardian:
BBC considering move to make news channel online only  —  Corporation understood to be looking into future of £66.2m TV channel and how live news is covered, with final decision yet to be made  —  The BBC is considering making its news channel online only following a similar cost-cutting move …
Discussion: TVNewser, @justinnxt and @alixkroeger
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
National newspapers back Culture Secretary John Whittingdale as he says the BBC's online presence will be scrutinised in upcoming charter review
Discussion: Guardian, @aahaworth and Telegraph
Leo Barraclough / Variety:
German Media Titans ProSiebenSat.1, Axel Springer in $16 Billion Merger Talks  —  German broadcast group ProSiebenSat.1 and publishing giant Axel Springer are in merger talks that could lead to the creation of a business worth around Euros 14.4 billion ($15.9 billion).
Wall Street Journal:
German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 and Axel Springer in early stages of merger talks, could face antitrust hurdles  —  German Media Giants in Merger Talks  —  Negotiations between ProSiebenSat.1 and Axel Springer at an early stage  —  German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 AG …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
Video chief Rebecca Howard to leave New York Times  —  Rebecca Howard, general manager of video at The New York Times, is set to leave the company later this month after less than two-and-a-half years on the job, sources familiar with the matter told Capital.
Discussion: @joepompeo and @tmcgev
Madeline Welsh / Nieman Lab:
The New York Times is publishing on WhatsApp for the first time, covering Pope Francis  —  That unique confluence of New York Times readers, pope watchers, and WhatsApp users must have been excited on a recent June morning when The New York Times announced it would be experimenting …
Discussion: @giner and Business Insider
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Whipclip Raises Over $40 Million For Its TV Show And Music Video Video Clipping App  —  Whipclip, the makers of a mobile application that lets you quickly - and legally - share clips from favorite TV shows and music videos, has closed on $40 million-plus in Series C financing, the company is announcing today.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, Variety and Re/code
Hollywood Reporter:
Ex-New York Times TV reporter Bill Carter to launch weekly interview show on SiriusXM  —  Bill Carter to Launch SiriusXM Interview Show  —  Bill Carter will launch a weekly interview program on SiriusXM.  Launching later this summer, The Bill Carter Interview will be broadcast Mondays …
Ellen Pao / Redddit:
Ellen Pao apologizes again, announces new role of Moderator Advocate to be moderators' contact with Reddit, pledges improvements to mod tools  —  We apologize  —  We screwed up.  Not just on July 2, but also over the past several years.  We haven't communicated well …
Stuart Dredge / Guardian:
YouTube up to 240bn monthly video views, with top 100 MCNs worth $10bn  —  Report claims that more than 22 multi-channel networks reaching 1bn monthly views, as top star PewDiePie's earnings are revealed  —  The 100 largest multi-channel networks (MCNs) on YouTube may have a collective valuation …
Discussion: @ampereanalysis and Engadget
Max Willens / International Business Times:
Rdio launches range of specialty radio stations curated by record labels, blogs, and sites  —  Rdio To Battle Apple Inc.'s Beats 1 With Local Radio Stations Backed By Indie Labels  —  Apple Music may have Zane Lowe and Drake, but Rdio announced Tuesday it's launching specialty radio stations of its own …
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Verge turns off comments for a bit because tone was getting a little too aggressive and negative  —  We're turning comments off for a bit  —  From the very start, community has been at the heart of The Verge — we are unique among almost every major media brand of our size in having a vocal …
Kurt Wagner / Re/code:
Facebook and YouTube both offer 55/45 revenue split to content creators, but YouTube splits revenue with one creator, Facebook with many  —  How Facebook's New Video Business Stacks Up Against YouTube  —  Facebook is stepping on YouTube's turf.  —  On Wednesday the social network announced …
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Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
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Roger Yu / USA Today:
Newseum study: just 24% of Americans believe the news media tries to report on news without bias
Discussion: @usatodayhealth
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Comedy Central Channel Launches on Roku
Discussion: Multichannel News and Engadget
Matt Wilstein / Mediaite:
Sarah Palin Abandons Subscription-Based Online Video Channel
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
UK high court weighs whether GQ piece by Michael Wolff created substantial risk that News of the World phone-hacking trial would be seriously impeded
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