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10:10 AM ET, February 29, 2016


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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
MSNBC and Melissa Harris-Perry confirm they are parting ways, in talks about an exit deal  —  Melissa Harris-Perry is out at MSNBC  —  Melissa Harris-Perry will not be back on MSNBC.  —  On Sunday morning, two days after the host's private fight with management went public …
Jamil Smith / Medium:
Melissa Harris-Perry's email to staffers of her show: I love our show. I want it back.
John Koblin / New York Times:
Melissa Harris-Perry refuses to host her MSNBC show Saturday after weeks of preemptions and what she calls loss of editorial control
Alex Pareene / Gawker:
Trump retweeted a Gawker bot that tweeted Mussolini quotes and attributed them to Trump  —  How We Fooled Donald Trump Into Retweeting Benito Mussolini  —  Is Donald Trump a fascist?  Experts, historians, and pundits have debated the question for months.  One thing has been certain for a while now: He tweets like one.
Bryan Bishop / The Verge:
The Best Picture Oscar goes to Spotlight, chronicling the Boston Globe's work to expose sex abuse in the Catholic church  —  Oscars 2016: Spotlight wins Best Picture  —  Leave it to good old fashioned journalism to throw off The Revenant's big night: Spotlight just won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Tribune Media posts Q4 earnings; revenue down 3.4% to $464M, $46.5M decrease in net political advertising revenues, 2.6% gain in core ad revenue  —  Tribune Posts 4Q Earnings, Considers Sale  —  Revenue decreases 3.4% to $464 million, pegged to a $46.5 million decrease in net political advertising revenues …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Tribune Media to Explore Sale or Separation of Assets, Other Strategic Alternatives  —  Tribune Media, the entertainment company that was created by the 2014 split of Tribune Co., on Monday reported its latest financials and said it would explore asset sales and other strategic alternatives amid a weak stock price.
Joseph Lichterman / Nieman Lab:
ESPN digital editorial director Chad Millman on the company's mobile content strategy  —  Inside ESPN's mobile strategy: “If we're thinking about anything else, we're failing the audience”  —  ESPN is at a crossroads.  Its business model, which has long been dependent on cable subscription fees …
Discussion: Re/code
Omar Oakes / Media Week:
Trinity Mirror profits decline 6.9% YoY to £592.7M, print ad revenue down 13% to £182M, digital ad revenue up 30.8% to £37.3M  —  Trinity Mirror's pre-tax profits fall by 17.6%  —  Trinity Mirror's pre-tax profits for 2015 dropped by 17.6 per cent to £67.2 million last year …
Bloomberg Business:
China shuts down Weibo and Tencent accounts of celebrity Ren Zhiqiang, with 37M+ followers, after he criticized campaign to tighten media control  —  Chinese Tycoon Loses 37 Million Web Followers After Faulting Xi  —  Internet regulator closes Ren Zhiqiang's social media accounts
Trinity Mirror launches The New Day, Britain's first new national newspaper in 30 years  —  The New Day: New daily national newspaper launches with free edition  —  The New Day, Britain's first new national newspaper in 30 years, has rolled off the presses today.
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