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Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings will host "Jeopardy!" for the year

Bialik was selected as interim host, and her episodes will air through Nov. 5.

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Legacy media is booming

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Facebook to lift political ad ban imposed after November election

The ban has been in place since Nov. 3 and aimed to curb misinformation and confusion following the election.

Mar 3, 2021 - Economy & Business
Ben Shapiro is launching a new show

Shaprio says he will walk viewers through "all of the supporting research" to debunk arguments made by the left.

Feb 24, 2021 - Economy & Business
Streaming price hikes make it less of a cheap cable alternative

YouTube TV and ESPN+ are both raising their monthly charges.

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The nerve center of the American news cycle

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Piers Morgan signs deal with Fox and News Corp

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Former "Good Morning Britain" host Piers Morgan signed a global deal with Rupert Murdoch's Fox News Media and News Corp, the companies announced Thursday.

Why it matters: The announcement marks Morgan's first new TV role since he resigned from "Good Morning Britain" in March after criticizing Meghan Markle for her interview with Oprah Winfrey.

Sep 14, 2021 - Economy & Business

Scoop: Nexstar eyeing more small media acquisitions for digital content

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Nexstar, the local broadcasting giant that recently bought The Hill for $130 million, is mounting an aggressive acquisition campaign, sources tell Axios.

Details: The company is going after smaller media companies that cover the three pillars of its content strategy: sports, news, and weather.

Sep 14, 2021 - Technology

Exclusive: Front Office Sports adds subscription product

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FOS, formerly known as Front Office Sports, is launching a paid subscription product, CEO Adam White tells Axios.

Details: The new product, called Insights, will include a full suite of tools, data and exclusive reporting catered to sports business professionals.

Sep 14, 2021 - Economy & Business

Exclusive: GovExec completes 9th acquisition as revenues double

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GovExec, the media and insights company targeted to government leaders and contractors, is acquiring Market Connections, a government research and insights company, executives tell Axios.

Why it matters: It's the company's ninth acquisition since spinning off from Atlantic Media in March 2020.

Sep 14, 2021 - Economy & Business

Winklevoss twins back Payload, a new outlet covering business of space

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Payload, a new digital media company focused on the business and policy of space, is hoping to bring more professional coverage to an industry that's growing very big, very fast.

Why it matters: For years, space coverage has focused on the consumer-facing spectacle of space travel instead of the business and societal implications of the industry.

Sep 13, 2021 - Economy & Business

WarnerMedia sells TMZ to Fox Entertainment

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TMZ, the online tabloid co-founded and operated by Harvey Levin, has been sold to Fox Entertainment, in a deal reportedly valued around $50 million.

Why it matters: The deal points to Fox Corp.'s ambitions to include more entertainment programming across its digital and TV channels.

Media firms linked to Chinese billionaire settle SEC charges for $539 million

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Three media businesses linked to exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui have agreed to pay more than $539 million to settle charges brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The companies are accused of illegally selling stock and digital assets between April and June 2020.

Why it matters: Guo has been linked to pro-Trump allies and groups, including Steve Bannon and Gettr, the social media network founded by former Trump aide Jason Miller.

Sep 13, 2021 - Economy & Business

Washington Post expands 202 newsletter franchise

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The Washington Post is relaunching its 202 newsletter suite with a new email around climate, new authors and an expanded product suite.

Why it matters: The redesigned products are meant to be more digestible and personality-driven, says Rachel Van Dongen, editor of the Washington Post’s 202 newsletters, the editorial franchise that delivers news for D.C. decision-makers.

Sep 10, 2021 - Economy & Business

Yahoo names ex-CBS, Tinder exec Jim Lanzone as CEO

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Yahoo on Friday announced that Jim Lanzone, the former CBS Interactive executive who most recently served as CEO of the dating app Tinder, has been named CEO of the company, effective Sept. 27.

Why it matters: Yahoo was bought by private equity giant Apollo Global Management earlier this year. Leadership changes were expected following the closing of the deal on Sept. 1.

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