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7:30 AM ET, August 15, 2019

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Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Interview with ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish, who says the combined company's “unmatched scale” in content will give it an advantage against streaming rivals  —  KEY POINTS  — ViacomCBS chief Bob Bakish says the newly formed company's vast content library should help it fight off rivals in the TV streaming wars.
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Wall Street Journal:
CBS and Viacom to merge in a ~$30B all-stock deal, creating ViacomCBS Inc.; Shari Redstone will be chair and Bob Bakish will be president and CEO
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Interview with Automattic CEO Matt Mullenweg on how the Tumblr acquisition came about, what's next for Tumblr, adult content in apps, and more  —  Blogging is back, hopefully  —  It's been a long and winding road for Tumblr, the blogging site that launched a thousand writing careers.
Mike Snider / USA Today:
Gannett and GateHouse parent New Media Investment Group have filed more information with the SEC in a move to address concerns of investors  —  Gannett and GateHouse Media parent New Media Investment Group on Tuesday released more details of its proposed merger, announced Aug. 5 …
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Tom Jones / Poynter:
Layoffs hit GateHouse newsrooms: five at the Oklahoman, two at the Palm Beach Post, two at the Cape Cod Times; many non-newsroom staff have also been laid off
The New York Times Company:
Atlantic reporter Taylor Lorenz to join the New York Times Styles desk on the tech culture beat  —  Taylor Lorenz, who has written extensively on how humans create art, enact society and concoct businesses on digital surfaces and platforms, is joining the Culture of Tech reporting team.
Middle East Eye:
UK admits that This Is Woke, a “media/news company” that engages in “critical discussions around Muslim identity” is in fact a covert counterterrorism programme  —  This glitzy, youthful ‘news company’ warns of the dangers of fake news.  In fact, it's part of the Home Office's Prevent strategy
Patrick Strudwick / BuzzFeed:
A transgender employee of The Guardian resigned last month accusing it of being “an incredibly transphobic organisation”; a second employee quit weeks later  —  “It suddenly became real,” one trans staff member told BuzzFeed News.  “I'm entering this building with people who are denying my humanity.”
Discussion: @markdistef and @buzzfeeduk
Pew Research Center:
Older Americans, black adults, and Americans with less education are more interested in local news than their counterparts; older adults prefer TV as a source  —  These groups also prefer to get local news on TV  —  Nearly a third of U.S. adults (31%) follow local news very closely …
Rosie Gray / BuzzFeed News:
Sources: when their book deal blew up after sexual misconduct allegations against Glenn Thrush, Thrush kept his advance but Maggie Haberman had to return hers  —  The first two years of the Trump presidency were a boom time for political books, and one of the boomiest was the deal announced …
Rachel Glickhouse / ProPublica:
ProPublica releases a guide on how newsrooms can collaborate around large datasets, announces it is open-sourcing its software and making it available this fall  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up for ProPublica's Big Story newsletter …
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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Charter and Disney reach a multiyear carriage deal; Charter plans to offer Disney streaming services via set-top boxes and will carry the ESPN-owned ACC Network  —  KEY POINTS  — Charter and Disney reach multiyear carriage deal, avoiding a blackout of networks including ESPN and ABC.
 
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
NewsGuild says it will hold a new election for national president in Nov. with the same candidates, after finding voting irregularities affected May election
Casey Newton / The Interface:
Twitter's followable topics may open big new audiences for the company, as well as polarize them; Twitter still thinks its “trending” section can be fixed
South China Morning Post:
Fu Guohao, a journalist for Chinese state newspaper Global Times who was attacked by protesters at a Hong Kong airport, is discharged from the hospital
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Axios:
A look at the sports streaming landscape, which is growing more competitive even though the rights to major sports are tied up in long-term linear TV contracts
Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix is quickly expanding its global property portfolio, which includes 30+ offices and studios, as it ramps up its global content production
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The Twitter-fed misinformation disaster following Epstein's death makes a case for slow news consumption, where readers disengage from breaking news