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Goldman Sachs Investing Over $300M in Measurement Company

The Wall Street Journal reports that ISpot.tv Inc. will be receiving $325 million from the investment bank and financial services firm.

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Goldman Sachs has made a significant investment in a television and video streaming measurement company that seeks to help advertisers verify their reach and impact. 

The Wall Street Journal reports that ISpot.tv Inc. will be receiving $325 million from the investment bank and financial services firm. The Bellevue, Wash.-based company has built a software that, in real-time, automatically identifies content and catalogs metadata.

After recognizing the data, it can assemble information such as when commercial breaks begin, which commercials play, and the length a particular ad plays.

This procedure allows advertisers to translate what that data indicates, including whether buyers who noticed their commercials later visited a website or made a purchase.

With this new investment from Goldman Sachs, ISpot intends to use the funding to boost its offerings somewhat through possible acquisitions and add employees in engineering, product development, and sales.

iSpot has obtained other ad-measurement groups in recent years, including Ace Metrix Inc., DRMetrix LLC, and Tunity Inc.

“These acquisitions have been great for the company,” said Chief Executive Sean Muller. “Certainly, those are not the last ones.”

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Tucker Carlson Quietly Steps Down from Board of The Daily Caller

“His board term was up and he’s busy with his new projects.”

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The Daily Beast reported Thursday that former Fox News host Tucker Carlson quietly stepped down from the board of The Daily Caller. Carlson co-founded the media organization in 2011 and has held a chair position for over a decade.

Nonetheless, citing an unreported tax filing, the report notes that Carlson disappeared from the board of The Daily Caller News Foundation in 2022. Still, the precise timing is unclear.

Carlson did not comment on his removal from the board but attempted to diminish The Daily Beast and the reporter.

“You’re still working for The Daily Beast? How old are you?” Carlson asked. 

Tucker Carlson and The Daily Caller had kept the news hidden until recently. The nonprofit submitted its annual registration with the state on December 7, 2022, and Carlson’s name appeared as a director. 

The nonprofit did not include his name in the annual registration they filed earlier this month. Additionally, on their September 2022 tax return, they omitted to list him as a board member.

Neil Patel, co-founder and chairperson of The Daily Caller, has been serving on the board with Carlson since the beginning. He expressed in a statement to The Daily Beast that Carlson was too busy for his five-hour-a-week board position and had reached his term limit without providing any additional explanation.

“We love Tucker,” the statement said. “He’s our founder. His board term was up and he’s busy with his new projects, so we moved him to an honorary role.”

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News Media Reacts to MSNBC Canceling The Mehdi Hasan Show

After the cancellation of his program, the network plans to utilize Hasan as both an analyst and a fill-in host.

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Semafor’s Max Tani reported on Thursday that MSNBC has canceled The Mehdi Hasan Showwhich aired on Sundays at 8 PM ET. Furthermore, Hasan’s Peacock-exclusive program, which ran on Tuesday, is also being canceled.

After the cancellation of his program, the network plans to utilize Hasan as both an analyst and a fill-in host. There was plenty of reaction regarding the news. Here’s what some had to say:

Additionally, MSNBC will launch a new “ensemble” program that Alicia Menendez, Symone Sanders-Townsend, and Michael Steele will lead. The Weekend program will air on Saturdays and Sundays from 8-10 AM ET.

Jonathan Capehart’s program will air at 6 PM ET on weekends, and the weekend schedule will include an expanded three-hour edition of Alex Witt Reports.

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MSNBC Shuffles Weekend Lineup, Cancels The Mehdi Hasan Show

After his program’s cancellation, the network plans to use Hasan as an analyst and a fill-in host.

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MSNBC has reportedly canceled the weekend show hosted by Mehdi Hasan and will expand an existing program hosted by Ayman Mohyeldin, as part of a larger weekend shuffle.

The Mehdi Hasan Show aired on Sundays at 8 PM ET. Additionally, he hosted a Peacock-exclusive program on Tuesdays. After his program’s cancellation, the network plans to use Hasan as an analyst and a fill-in host, according to a report from Semafor’s Max Tani.

MSNBC will launch a new “ensemble” program that will be led by Alicia Menendez, Symone Sanders-Townsend, and Michael Steele. Dubbed The Weekend, the new program will air on both Saturday and Sunday from 8-10 AM ET. As part of the new program, both Symone Sanders-Townsend and Alicia Menendez will relinquish their already existing weekend shows.

“As we emerge from a multitude of historic events these past months, we have an opportunity to build on our accomplishments and keep the momentum going into 2024 and beyond,” MSNBC President Rashida Jones wrote in an internal memo to staffers Thursday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The network is also moving the program hosted by Jonathan Capehart to 6 PM ET on both Saturdays and Sundays. The existing show in that timeslot helmed by Yasmin Vossoughian will end, and she will continue to work as a national reporter.

Alex Witt Reports will expand to three hours as part of the weekend shuffle.

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