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HBO Max to Offer Service With Ads for $9.99 Per Month

HBO Max announced it will debut an ad-supported version of its streaming subscription service the first week of June. Consumers will have a choice between the existing ad-free version of HBO Max at $14.99 per month, or an ad-supported experience for $9.99 per month. Both HBO Max tiers offer access to original programming, as well […]

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CBS Names Co-Presidents for CBS News, TV Stations

NEW YORK — CBS is combining the news and business resources of CBS News and the CBS Television Stations into one organization. CBS, owned by parent company ViacomCBS, has selected two outsiders from the company to lead CBS News and its TV stations. Hearst Newspapers, Cable Networks & Digital Media Executive Neeraj Khemlani and former […]

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Sports Illustrated Expands Editorial Staff

NEW YORK — Sports Illustrated, the venerable sports magazine, announced the addition of new full-time staff, with an initial focus on expanding its NBA editorial team. Chris Herring will join SI on Feb. 15 as a senior writer. Herring most recently wrote for ESPN and FiveThirtyEight and prior to that was an NBA reporter with The […]

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Rolling Stone Editor Steps Down

NEW YORK — Music magazine Rolling Stone announced that Jason Fine will be stepping down from his post as Editor to become Director of Content Development effective immediately. In this newly created role, Fine will oversee Rolling Stone’s multimedia projects including: Rolling Stone Films, documentaries, podcasts, and books.  A new Editor has not been named. “Over […]

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Larry Kudlow to Join Fox Business Network

NEW YORK  — FOX News Media has signed former Trump economic advisor Larry Kudlow (Photo above. Source: Twitter) to its network as a contributor. Kudlow had served as United States National Economic Council Director for President Donald Trump since 2018 and was previously a commentator on CNBC for three decades. Kudlow will serve as a […]

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Discovery Joins Streaming Media Battle With Discovery+

NEW YORK – Discovery, Inc., which operates cable networks Discovery Channel, HGTV, Food Network and Travel Network, is joining the streaming media wars with the global launch of discovery+, debuting in the U.S. next month on January 4, 2021. discovery+ will be available in the U.S. starting at $4.99 per month, with an ad-free version available […]

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NBC to Air Special on Time Person Of the Year

NEW YORK — NBC and TIME Studios are partnering for the first-ever “TIME Person of the Year” special featuring exclusive coverage of TIME magazine’s choice for the individual or group that has had the greatest influence on the events of the year, set for Thursday, Dec. 10 at 10 p.m. In addition to the winner of 2020 […]

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ViacomCBS Selling Simon & Schuster for $2.175 Billion in Cash

NEW YORK — ViacomCBS Inc. is selling its publishing business Simon & Schuster to Penguin Random House, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bertelsmann SE & Co. KGaA, for $2.175 billion in cash. The sale is part of ViacomCBS’ strategy to unload core assets and focus on its TV networks and film business following the merger […]

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ViacomCBS Sells CNET Media for $500 Million

NEW YORK — ViacomCBS has unloaded CNET Media Group for $500 million to Red Ventures, a company that owns a portfolio of digital brands and is based in Fort Mill, SC. CNET Media Group is a pioneer in digital media and includes tech news site CNET and ZDNet, a leader in B2B focused content and Gamespot, a […]

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NY Times Hires New Dealbook Reporter

The NY Times says it has hired CNBC reporter Lauren Hirsch (photo above) to write for the DealBook e-mail newsletter in New York. She will report on business, policy and mergers and acquisitions. She will also contribute to the Business section of The NY Times. Hirsch was previously with CNBC, where she was a reporter […]