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12:35 AM ET, August 9, 2017


 Top News: 
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
Disney to end Netflix film distribution deal in 2019, will launch ESPN streaming service in 2018 and Disney streaming services in 2019  —  Disney will end its distribution deal with Netflix and launch its own streaming service, the company announced today.  It intends to launch the service in 2019.
The Walt Disney Company:
Disney will pay $1.58B to acquire additional 42% stake in BAMTech, making it a majority stakeholder  —  The Walt Disney Company announced today that it has agreed to acquire majority ownership of BAMTech, LLC and will launch its ESPN-branded multi-sport video streaming service in early 2018 …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Disney's Iger: strategic shift to streaming is both a defensive and offensive move that will include sacrifices, but is ultimately a better model  —  Disney is ready to deploy some of the company's crown jewels — Disney- and Pixar-branded movies and ESPN — in an effort to position itself …
David Uberti / Splinter:
Breitbart names a NYT reporter working on story about government secrecy, lists those who received email from her, and says the reporting demonstrates collusion  —  Wow, a true shocker.  Breitbart's Washington political editor, Matthew Boyle, let the New York Times have it in his lede:
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Sinclair's bid to buy Tribune Media draws opposition from advocacy groups, Dish Network, and conservative outlets including Newsmax, OANN, and The Blaze  —  The Sinclair Broadcast Group's proposed acquisition of Tribune Media has ignited expected opposition from left-leaning advocacy groups …
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Progressive organization Allied Progress sends letters to Sinclair and Tribune employees, warning them against merger
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Christopher Williams / Telegraph:
UK Culture Secretary Karen Bradley asks regulator Ofcom to review Murdoch's bid for Sky again, following the Seth Rich controversy  —  The Government has erected a new obstacle to the Murdoch family's pursuit of full control of Sky, after asking the media regulator to look again at 21st Century Fox's record as a broadcaster.
Amanda Holpuch / The Guardian:
Less than 24 hours after criticizing the NYT on Monday night for using anonymous sources, Trump tweeted a link to a Fox News segment citing anonymous officials  —  President shares segment about North Korea that cited ‘US officials’ who ‘requested anonymity’ less than a day after calling out the New York Times
Samuel Gibbs / The Guardian:
HBO hackers demand a multimillion-dollar ransom and release emails, scripts, and personal phone numbers of GoT stars in latest dump of stolen data  —  Group tells company CEO to pay multimillion-dollar ransom or else risk 1.5TB of shows and confidential corporate data being released online
Michelle Castillo / CNBC:
David Letterman to return to screens with a six-episode series on Netflix in 2018, where he will interview notable people  —  - David Letterman will star in a six-episode Netflix series where he will interview notable people and on-the-scene segments.  —  David Letterman will return to TV in 2018 in a new Netflix series.
Alvin Chang / Vox:
Analysis of 17 months of Fox and Friends transcripts shows how hosts speak to Trump, including using “we” statements, using “the president” not by name  —  How the Fox morning show evolved into Donald Trump's posse.  —  It was 6 am, just a few weeks after Donald Trump …
Discussion: Washington Post and @jayrosen_nyu
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
Franklin Foer, former editor of the New Republic, on Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes' failed attempt to turn around the magazine's fortunes  —  Chris Hughes was a mythical savior—boyishly innocent, fantastically rich, intellectually curious, unexpectedly humble, and proudly idealistic.
Dallas Morning News:
Belo, parent of Dallas Morning News, says it will outsource much ad creation and production work to Gannett, resulting in 45 layoffs  —  A. H. Belo Corporation, parent of The Dallas Morning News, announced plans Friday to outsource much of its advertising creation and production work to the parent of USA Today.
Discussion: News & Tech
Study of 450+ websites, associated Facebook pages, and their owners reveals inner workings of partisan pages: FB is kingmaker, right-wing's more prolific, more  —  How ideologues, opportunists, growth hackers, and internet marketers built a massive new universe of partisan news on the web and on Facebook.
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Natt Garun / The Verge:
ACLU sues Maine's governor for deleting Facebook comments and blocking users, a week after suing KY, MD governors and a month after Knight institute sued Trump
Jason Lynch / Adweek:
CBS will roll out a sports-themed 24 hour livestreaming network later this year, with CEO Les Moonves remarking it's “part of our ongoing OTT strategy”
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Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Cenk Uygur's political video network The Young Turks raises $20M, in a round led partly by Jeffrey Katzenberg's firm WndrCo