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8:30 PM ET, April 13, 2017


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Ted Johnson / Variety:
FCC spectrum auction ends, with 175 TV stations getting payouts of up to $304M each; 957 stations will get new channel assignments  —  The FCC has closed a first-of-its-kind auction of broadcast airwaves that will see a shakeup in channel lineups in many markets, with stations reaping a total …
Hadas Gold / Politico:
Bill O'Reilly has quietly cut his schedule to four days a week; a spin-off with rotating hosts called “Friday Factor” is planned but not announced, source says
New York Times:
Sources: Murdochs mull O'Reilly's future at Fox News as they await probe results; ousting him may cause financial loss, but keeping him may damage reputation
Peter Sterne / Politico:
Source: Tribune Media scraps plans for new national news site ahead of April 25 rollout and lays off more than 18 employees  —  The company also scrapped plans to relaunch Television Without Pity  —  On April 25, Tribune Media planned to launch a new national news site …
Natasha Bertrand / Business Insider:
CIA Director Mike Pompeo calls WikiLeaks a “hostile intelligence service” aided by Russia and labels founder Julian Assange a fraud  —  The self-described transparency organization WikiLeaks is a “non-state, hostile intelligence service” that is often “abetted by state actors like Russia …
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Instagram says Stories has 200M daily active users, passing 161M DAUs Snapchat reported in S1; update today brings selfie stickers, pinning stickers to videos  —  Instagram is seeing continued growth in the number of people using its Snapchat Stories-like feature.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
A new survey from BuzzFeed News and Ipsos Public Affairs found that 54% of American adults trust news they see on Facebook “only a little” or “not at all”  —  Facebook is an increasingly important source of news for American adults, but they can't seem to agree …
Ingrid Cobben / Nieman Lab:
French startup Brut, which creates video distributed on Facebook and other platforms, partners with public broadcaster France Télévisions and eyes US expansion  —  Brut — think a French version of NowThis — has had success reaching a younger demographic and is now partnering …
Discussion: @thenewschick
Tamara Abraham / The Business of Fashion:
Saudi princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz has been fired from her role as EIC of Vogue Arabia; it is understood that a new editor has already been appointed  —  The Saudi princess has confirmed that she was fired as editor-in-chief of Vogue Arabia after only two issues.
Lauren Johnson / Adweek:
Condé Nast is hiring a Snapchat team as GQ, Wired, and Self magazine begin publishing weekly editions to Discover this month  —  Wired, GQ and Self get channels  —  Condé Nast is hoping to find millennials on Snapchat.  After inking a deal with Snapchat to create stories …
Discussion: Tubefilter
Daniel Roberts / Yahoo! Finance:   Document shows Condé Nast's Vanity Fair plans a paywall in the next two to six months, possibly similar to The New Yorker's
Stefan Nicola / Bloomberg:
Facebook is publishing full-page ads in Germany's biggest papers advising readers how to detect fake news, amid mounting government pressure to curb its spread  —  Angela Merkel pressuring social media company to do more  —  Facebook Inc. published full-page ads in Germany's biggest …
Discussion: @mantzarlis and @stephaniebodoni
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Mic hires Jonathan Carson, former Vevo and Nielsen exec, as president amid video push; he starts on April 17 after serving as an adviser for last nine months  —  Mic, the youth-skewing digital news and lifestyle media startup, has hired Jonathan Carson — former chief revenue officer of Vevo …
Montreal Gazette:
The Chronicle Herald has bought the newspaper and publishing assets of Transcontinental Media in Atlantic Canada, creating a new company, SaltWire Network  —  HALIFAX — Canada's oldest independent newspaper has bought the newspaper and publishing assets of Transcontinental Media in Atlantic Canada.
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