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5:50 PM ET, April 30, 2019

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Wall Street Journal:
Cable operator Altice USA agrees to acquire streaming-video network Cheddar for $200M; Cheddar founder Jon Steinberg to become president of the Altice News unit  —  Cheddar founder and CEO Jon Steinberg is set to become president of Altice News, overseeing Cheddar, News 12 and i24News
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
ESPN announces plans to shut down ESPN The Magazine in September after 21 years; the company is considering publishing standalone print issues  —  ESPN, the sports-media giant with an influence that extends across several types of media, is getting out of one particular venue: print.
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Sources: editorial director Susie Banikarim and executive managing editor Alex Dickinson are out at G/O Media amid a restructuring that may affect 25+ staffers  —  As part of a major restructuring effort that could affect 25 staffers.  —  Several of the top editorial employees …
@the_corres:
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Twitter announces live streaming content deals with Univision, WSJ, and Time and new initiatives with previous partners including Viacom, the NFL, and ESPN  —  - Twitter Expands Live-Streaming Video Lineup, Sets Content Deals With Viacom, ESPN, Live Nation, Univision, and More
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Sara Guaglione / MediaPost:
At NewFronts, The New York Times says The Daily podcast has reached 2M listeners per day, talks ad targets, smart speakers, and its upcoming food festival  —  The New York Times announced new ad target offerings and events, as well as an emphasis on its TV-film commitment at its NewFront this morning.
Discussion: WWD
Alex Weprin / MediaPost:
Former Roku executives launch Tetra TV, an advertising network that aims to connect buyers to ad inventory from 100+ streaming video channels across platforms  —  A pair of veterans of the OTT platform Roku are launching a new advertising network, focusing on connected TV.
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
New York Times ends relationship with CartoonArts, the cartoon syndication service that supplied the anti-Semitic cartoon  —  A ‘Times’ spokesperson told The Daily Beast exclusively about the paper's decision to stop using syndicated cartoons, including those from the syndicator of the offensive cartoon.
Ed O'Keefe / Shorenstein Center:
Legacy media and native streamers should focus on live news because now, as before, it will help attract and retain subscribers though it can be controversial  —  Searching for a way for streaming to save the news (and for the the news to save streaming)  —  Additional Research & Interviews: Andrew J. Zucker
Discussion: @aobaoill
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Salem Media Group, home to RedState, bought PJ Media in March for $100K, though radio is the company's primary revenue source with 116 stations in 39 markets  —  The California-based broadcaster's digital acquisitions have turned heads, but the company's revenues primarily come from 116 radio stations in 39 markets.
Oliver Darcy / @oliverdarcy:
Venezuela took CNN off the air by ordering TV providers to block the channel, and a BBC spokesperson said BBC Global news was also taken off the air  —  CNN was pulled off the air about a minute after airing a live feed of Venezuelan National Guard vehicles running over protesters who opposed Maduro http://www.cnn.com/...
Discussion: CNN
 
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Ben Smith / BuzzFeed News:
The relationships between some political candidates and their supporters can resemble social media fandoms, making media vetting less relevant
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
Nine Entertainment sells its Australian Community Media & Printing business, which includes 160+ former Fairfax regional papers, to ex-Fairfax exec for AU$115M
Washington Post:
Inside Lou Dobbs' TV career and his unusual relationship with Donald Trump as he helps shape the President's border policy
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Roger Parloff / Yahoo Finance:
Profile of Chris Cox, who, despite being chief product officer for years, never drew the attention for Facebook's scandals that Zuckerberg and Sandberg did
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Amazon doorbell company Ring searches for an editor to deliver breaking crime alerts; local TV has already led Americans to overestimate crime rates
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Facebook to give 60+ academics around the world access to its data for projects on news polarization, disinformation, and more
Spotify:
Spotify reports Q1 revenue of €1.5B, up 33% YoY, reduces net loss to €142M, says it has 217M MAUs, up 26% YoY, with 100M premium subscribers, up 32% YoY