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1:45 PM ET, August 14, 2019

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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  —  Companies seek greater scale to survive in a media landscape dominated by major tech companies and bulked-up rivals.
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Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Sources: CBS's and Viacom's TV production entities to remain separate for now, with CBS TV under Joe Ianniello, and Paramount TV under Jim Gianopulos  —  Because they were once part of one media company that was split into two, the newly reunited CBS and Viacom's assets fit together with little overlap.
Discussion: Wall Street Journal and TVWeek.com
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.
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 …
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
NYT says deputy Washington editor Jonathan Weisman has been demoted and will no longer oversee the team covering Congress or be active on social media  —  New York (CNN Business)Jonathan Weisman, the deputy Washington editor for The New York Times (NYT), has been demoted after a pair …
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  —  The battle to become the next big sports streamer is underway, but unlike the entertainment streaming wars …
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 …
Discussion: @dylanbyers
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Document shows YouTube is testing a members-only video feature, which will allow publishers to upload SVOD videos to YouTube without cannibalizing subscriptions  —  This article is part of the Digiday Video Briefing, which features must-reads, confessionals and key market stats.
Discussion: Tubefilter
 
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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
Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix is quickly expanding its global property portfolio, which includes 30+ offices and studios, as it ramps up its global content production
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter to soon let users follow interests, starting with sports, and create separate timelines for different topics; topics will be curated by Twitter using AI
Dave McNary / Variety:
Under pressure from transgender individuals and LGBTQ groups, IMDb revises its birth name policy to allow industry professionals to remove their birth names
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
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy openly threatens to fire employees engaged in union organizing, which would violate federal labor laws
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
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Memo: Facebook is funding two new BuzzFeed shows, including a daily news roundup, as a part of its effort to bolster news video on Watch
Discussion: Journalism.co.uk and bookforum.com
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify for Podcasters comes out of beta, giving podcasters valuable listener data like age, gender, location, music taste, and episode listening duration