MediaPulse | A Weekly Media Round-Up
Here are some of the media industry stories we’re following this week:
- The Big News: Verizon acquires AOL for 4.4 billion (TechCrunch), Nepal is hit again with quake two weeks from first devastation (CNN), Facebook publishing partnerships with media outlets like The New York Times and BuzzFeed creating ‘Instant Articles’ (Facebook); Apple CEO Joins China’s Twitter, Weibo (Macworld) and Philadelphia Amtrak train was traveling over twice the legal speed (The Huffington Post)
- Talking Points: The Simpsons loses Harry Shearer, the longtime voice of Ned Flanders, Mr. Burns and many others (BBC), After 15 seasons, American Idol announces final season starting in January 2016 (Entertainment Weekly) and Today show will follow Matt Lauer’s bike fundraiser journey from Boston to New York City (TVNewser)
- Upfront Highlights: Turner to rebrand TBS & TNT (MediaLife), ABC announces Muppets series geared twoards adults (DigitalTrends) and ESPN expands SportsCenter, adds midnight show with Scott Van Pelt (Adweek)
- Launched Lawsuits: Rolling Stone magazine is being sued for defamation by U-Va. dean (The Washington Post), The Boston Globe takes on law enforcement over public records (Poynter) and Al Jazeera journalist sues network for $100 million on negligence allegations (POLITICO)
- What’s Now/Next: Knight Foundation invests $1 million towards podcast collective Radiotopia (Neiman Lab), Is social network TV the next step in digital entertainment? (Forbes), GM to invest $1 billion to technical center in Warren, Michigan (USA Today) McClatchy starts to unveil redesigns to print and digital outlets that will include all 26 papers by 2016 (NetNewsCheck) and Microsoft offers more details on the seven editions of Windows 10 launching this summer (Windows Blog)
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