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Your Media Morning: Time Inc Kills The Print UK Edition of InStyle, Buzzfeed’s CEO Goes There, Big Changes Coming to Wall Street Journal...

CBS BOSS LES MOONVES STILL NOT SOLD ON A POSSIBLE CBS-VIACOM COMBO?
On Wednesday in San Francisco, Andrew Ross Sorkin asked him to name a reason that he would not be in favor of the merger. “Because I’m too old, and too rich,” he joked. “How’s that? That’s a joke, ladies and gentlemen. That’s all I’m going to give you.” Moonves was tight-lipped about how far talks have gone so far. “We’re just starting a process to explore the possibilities. That’s all we’re doing.

SUCCESSION AT THE NEW YORK TIMES BECOMES CLEARER
The publisher role at the New York Times has never gone to an outsider. Meaning it has never gone to anyone outside of the Sulzberger family and the company is sticking to that tradition.
LISTEN TO VOX MEDIA CEO JIM BANKOFF TALK ABOUT THE DIGITAL MEDIA REVOLUTION
The Vox Media juggernaut is reaching over 170 million monthly visitors. As he philosophically and practically discussed the craft of high quality storytelling and the harnessing of technology to make the latest from Vox Media accessible, it became obvious to us that in his own right, Bankoff is quite the raconteur. Simply put, as Bob Schieffer does so well, “Jim Bankoff has figured out a lot.”

HACK, WHAT HACK? YAHOO'S TRAFFIC INCREASES
Yahoo’s chief executive, Marissa Mayer, did not give a reason for Yahoo’s traffic bump, which she described during a discussion of the company’s third-quarter earnings. It may have been a greater awareness, as customers remembered that they had accounts there, or it may have been people checking on their accounts and changing their passwords.

HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW USING SLACK TO DISTRIBUTE CONTENT
HBR decided to use Slack’s “Slackbot” automated-assistant feature to deliver a collection of 200-plus best-practice articles on topics ranging from how to deal with a narcissistic boss to how to respond when an employee gives notice. The articles all follow the same template, with distinct sections like case studies and do’s and don’ts that are easily disaggregated. It broke those articles up into those distinct chunks and messages them to subscribers one chunk at a time.

PUBLISHERS ARE NOW ALERTING READERS OF NEW CONTENT VIA DESKTOP NOTIFICATIONS
The Washington Post, Mic and Vice are all experimenting with asking visitors to their sites for permission to send them periodic notifications through their browsers. Chrome made it possible last year for websites to push notifications to people just like apps do, and Safari did before that.

DISNEY'S NEXT CEO MUST BE A CREATIVE THINKER SAYS DISNEY'S CURRENT CEO BOB IGER
Find someone with the creativity to keep studios cranking out hits — and you have the basic traits of the next Walt Disney chief executive, Bob Iger, the current CEO, said Wednesday. “The most important quality that the next CEO of the Walt Disney Company must have is the ability to appreciate the value of great creators and the creative process.

BUZZFEED'S CEO JUST LANDED HIMSELF IN THE MIDDLE OF A SCANDAL WITH IVANKA TRUMP
Peretti said the encounter with Ivanka occurred at a Manhattan dive bar called Tropical 128 about 8-10 years ago with roughly five other people present, including his wife, Andrea Harner. Peretti said Ivanka and he share a mutual friend who invited her to the bar that evening.

BIG CUTS AND CHANGES ON THE HORIZON AT NEWS CORP'S WALL STREET JOURNAL
The Wall Street Journal announced plans Wednesday for a substantial revamp of its print newspaper as parent company Dow Jones & Co. launched a broader review of operations to cut costs in response to a significant decline in print advertising.

CBS JOINS YOUTUBE'S 'UNPLUGGED'
Google has reached an agreement with CBS Corp to carry the network on its planned web TV service and is in advanced talks with 21st Century Fox, Walt Disney Co and Viacom Inc to distribute their channels, people with knowledge of the talks told Reuters on Wednesday. The service, which will be part of Google's YouTube platform, is expected to launch in the first quarter and will include all of CBS's content, including live NFL games.

SPORTS ILLUSTRATED LAUNCHES NBA FOCUSED VERTICAL 'THE CROSSOVER'
The Crossover  is intended to, as its name suggests, strike a balance with other, complementary storytelling, shorter in form and more lifestyle-based. The anchor of the site’s launch is this week’s cover story on Russell Westbrook, who along with his old running mate, Kevin Durant, will be the league’s most scrutinized players this season. Westbrook embodies the ultimate crossover personality, a fascinating on-court performer, who through his fashion initiatives has carved out a space in the broader cultural conversation. Both angles are covered, exhaustively and entertainingly.

FORMER YAHOO EXECS BUDDY UP TO LAUNCH NEW DIGITAL MEDIA COMPANY 
James Heckman is getting the band back together. The Rivals.com founder and former Yahoo exec announced the formation of theMaven Network, a new digital media company that will feature premium stories and video “across multiple content segments.” Heckman led global media strategy for Yahoo, working closely with CEO Ross Levinsohn.     

HEARST UK CEO IS EXITING TO LAUNCH A NEW VENTURE
Hearst UK chief executive Anna Jones is stepping down from the role in 2017 to co-found AllBright, a funding platform for female-led businesses in the UK. Jones completes her tenure as chief executive of Hearst in February 2017 after five years with the company.       

COULD THE MEDIA BE HACKED ON ELECTION NIGHT? WHY IS THE MEDIA EVEN PUTTING THIS OUT THERE?
Despite spending hundreds of millions of dollars on security upgrades, U.S. media organizations have failed to properly protect their newsrooms from cyberattacks on their websites, communications systems and even editing platforms — opening themselves up to the possibility of a chaos-creating hack around Election Day.
       
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