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FOX Entertainment Acquires TMZ From WarnerMedia

As part of the deal, Fox takes over all TMZ-branded linear, digital, and experiential assets, including the programs “TMZ,” “TMZ LIVE,” and “TMZ SPORTS.”

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TMZ will have a new owner, as Fox Entertainment has reportedly acquired the Hollywood gossip website from WarnerMedia. According to the Wall Street Journal, the agreement between the two parties is estimated at less than $50 million, but official terms weren’t disclosed.  

As part of the deal, Fox takes over all TMZ-branded linear, digital, and experiential assets, including the programs “TMZ,” “TMZ LIVE,” and “TMZ SPORTS.”

“The unique and powerful brand Harvey has created in TMZ has forever changed the entertainment industry, and we’re excited to welcome them to FOX,” Lachlan Murdoch, Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fox Corporation, said. 

“TMZ has been an impactful program for our FOX television stations and broadcast partners for many years, and I know Jack Abernethy and Charlie Collier will find creative ways to utilize and expand this content in effective and compelling ways for our audiences.”

The deal provides Fox with the opportunity to use the TMZ label across all their stations, ad-supported streaming service Tubi, and other Fox-owned platforms. 

Despite this change in ownership, TMZ founder and managing editor Harvey Levin will stay on to supervise the day-to-day operations from its Playa Vista, CA offices. Levin will now report to Fox Entertainment’s President of Alternative Entertainment and Specials, Rob Wade. 

“Harvey Levin created a groundbreaking destination for entertainment news, and for the past 15+ years, TMZ has celebrated great success,” Channing Dungey, Chairman, Warner Bros. Television Group, said. 

“TMZ will now be more closely aligned with the distributor of the popular content they create, and WarnerMedia wishes Harvey and everyone on the team the best as they venture into a new partnership with the talented team at FOX.”

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CBS Transitioning From CBSN to New Streaming Service Platform

The identity change assists in sealing a broader concept of a fluid unit as CBS emphasizes national and local newsgathering.

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In 2014, CBSN made the first attempt by one of the traditional broadcast networks to dip its toes into the news streaming game. However, now in 2021, CBS News has plans to phase out CBSN later this year. 

A spokesperson for CBS News confirmed the different direction that the company is taking with its new platform, CBS News. Employees who staff the streaming service will be moving to the studio previously utilized by “CBS This Morning,” which left for Times Square. 

“As a unified organization, we’ll offer a choreography of coverage across all of our platforms, that includes unparalleled, expansive on-the-ground reporting from New York to L.A., Chicago to Dallas, London to Beijing, and everywhere in between,” Neeraj Khemlani said.

The identity change assists in sealing a broader concept of a fluid unit as CBS emphasizes national and local newsgathering.

“We’re not just seeing streaming growth nationally. CBS local news streaming is growing year-over-year as well. By unifying these organizations, we’re building on this momentum,” Wendy McMahon said.

Execs at various media outlets such as CNN, NBC News, MSNBC, ABC News, and Fox News establish more attention on streaming news services. 

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Trial Underway for Driver Accused of Killing Radio Host Don Hall in Crash

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KAKE News is covering the trial of Ray Watkins.

Watkins, 44, is being charged with involuntary man slaughter for the death of Wichita Radio Host Don Hall.

Hall, who was 70 at the time of his passing, was a host on KEYN, and a well known radio voice and personality in the Wichita area.

According to KAKE, an officer on scene the night of the accident reported seeing empty beer and liquor bottles on the floor of Watkins’ vehicle.

Reporter Taylor Boser has the thread…

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NYT Reports Facebook Is Using Feed to Display Positive News About Itself

The Times reports Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg approved a Project Amplify recently to use the platform’s News Feed to display users positive stories about itself. 

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Facebook is dealing with a lot of negative publicity as the social media platform’s VP of Global Affairs criticized the five-part Wall Street Journal series on the company. However, there’s more reporting coming out, this time from The New York Times

The Times reports Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg approved a Project Amplify recently to use the platform’s News Feed to display users positive stories about itself. 

Furthermore, the newspaper adds that some of this positive content Facebook created to help improve its public perception towards the social media outlets 3 billion global users.

The offensive tactic involved changing narratives to distance Zuckerberg from scandals, restricting outsider access to its internal data, suppressing any negative news about its content, and increasing its ads to promote the brand.

According to the report, Project Amplify involved execs over its marketing, communications, policy, and integrity teams. Alex Schultz, chief marketing officer, stated five people worked alongside him on this rebranding task. However, Zuckerberg had approved all of those arrangements.

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