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18.2 Million Watch USA vs. Portugal, Most-Watched Soccer Match Ever on U.S. TV (TVNewser)
An average of 18.22 million viewers watched the USA tie Portugal (2-2) in World Cup action late Sunday afternoon on ESPN. That’s the most-watched soccer match ever on American TV and surpasses the previous high of 17,975,000 viewers for the 1999 Women’s World Cup final (USA vs. China) on ABC. TVSpy 1.3 million watched on the WatchESPN app. Washington, D.C., led all markets for the telecast with a 13.3 rating. AllFacebook The game resulted in approximately 20 million interactions (posts, comments and likes) by some 10 million Facebook users, according to the Facebook Data Science Team. In the U.S. alone, more than 4 million Facebook users were responsible for more than 7 million interactions related to the match. Financial Times An average of 24.7 million viewers watched Sunday’s performance on either ESPN or Univision, the Spanish-language network whose best football ratings have in the past often been for Mexico matches. Mashable Not only was that an all-time record for a soccer match, it also beat the average viewership for the 2013 World Series by 10 million viewers.

Yahoo! Hires Michael Isikoff as Chief Investigative Correspondent (NYT)
Michael Isikoff, the investigative reporter who recently left NBC News, is joining Yahoo! News as its chief investigative correspondent. He will start in August. FishbowlNY Isikoff will be tasked with expanding Yahoo!’s new investigative unit and be based in Washington. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Isikoff parted ways with NBC in April after four years with the network, saying that it was moving in directions that would allow “fewer opportunities” for his work. Prior to NBC, he had spent more than a decade with Newsweek. TVNewser Isikoff joins Katie Couric and Matt Bai who have recently made the leap to Yahoo! News.

Rebekah Brooks Found Not Guilty in Phone Hacking Case (NYT)
Rebekah Brooks, the former head of Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper holdings in Britain, was acquitted on Tuesday of charges in a high-profile phone-hacking trial, but Andy Coulson, her deputy and a onetime head of communications for Prime Minister David Cameron, was found guilty on at least one charge. The verdicts, after a week of deliberations by a jury, came after lengthy hearings into a scandal at the Murdoch news empire that shook the British police, news media and political elite and forced the closure of a leading Sunday tabloid. CNN The verdict came three years after it was revealed that journalists on News of The World hacked the phone of then-missing teenager Milly Dowler in 2002, raising hopes that she was alive and checking messages, when in fact she had been murdered. The resulting public and political outrage led to the closure of the 168-year-old paper and the setting up of a public inquiry to examine journalistic ethics. The Guardian Coulson’s verdict raises immediate questions for Cameron, who hired him as director of communications only a few weeks after he quit the News of The World. Coulson has spent the last seven years denying he knew about hacking and shocked everyone bar his defense team in court when he revealed for the first time he had listened to the voicemail of former home secretary David Blunkett in 2004, three years before he was hired by Cameron.

CNN Partners With Georgia Tech to Study Media Outlets’ Drone Use (TVNewser)
CNN and Georgia Tech are launching a joint research project to evaluate the use of drones for media organizations. The research team — staffed by senior members of CNN’s newsgathering team and researchers at the Georgia Tech Research Institute — will share the project’s findings with the FAA, which is currently considering drone regulations for media outlets. CNNMoney In a press release, the partners called it a “research initiative” and said they will share data with the Federal Aviation Authority “as it considers regulations that will allow for the safe and effective operation of UAVs by media outlets.” Poynter / MediaWire The program will begin this summer. The FAA’s planned rules for drone use have proceeded very slowly, even as media organizations have been ever more keen to use them. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media UAVs are being explored for all kinds of activities, from movie footage to disaster response to agricultural applications. Media outlets see drones as a less expensive way to report on fires and traffic, gather video on news and sports events, and even track celebrities. But the government currently doesn’t allow media use of drones, calling it a business purpose. In a filing with the FAA, more than a dozen media outlets argue that the ban chills free speech.

Following Conviction of Journalists, AJAM Produces Special on Press Freedom (TVNewser)
Following Monday’s guilty verdicts in the trial of several Al Jazeera journalists, the network’s American channel produced a special on the case and on press freedom — or lack of it — around the world. War on Truth aired at 8:30 p.m. ET Monday night and was hosted by David Shuster. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Secretary of state John Kerry condemned an Egyptian court’s decision to convict the Al Jazeera journalists on spurious terrorism-related charges. Deadline Hollywood The sentencing of two Al Jazeera English journalists to seven years in jail, and another to 10 years, defies “logic, sense and any semblance of justice,” Al Anstey, Al Jazeera English managing director, said. An Egyptian court sentenced the three journalists on charges including aiding the Muslim Brotherhood and reporting false news.

News Corp Sells Community Newspaper Group (FishbowlNY)
News Corp has sold Community Newspaper Group (CNG) — which publishes several New York papers and magazines, such as The Brooklyn Paper and The Bronx Times Reporter – to Les Goodstein and his wife, Jennifer Goodstein. The deal includes the print brands and their websites. Capital New York Les previously ran CNG from 2006 to 2013, and his wife Jennifer runs a separate chain of community newspapers in Manhattan. CNG also publishes several specialty magazines. Variety News Corp’s stock was down 1.52 percent to $16.85 in mid-morning trading.

President Obama Pens HuffPost Op-Ed on Family-Friendly Workplace Policies (FishbowlDC)
Corresponding with Monday’s first-ever White House Summit on Working Families, President Barack Obama penned “Family-Friendly Workplace Policies Are Not Frills — They’re Basic Needs” for The Huffington Post on the challenges of working parents and how the country can properly address them. HuffPost “Family leave, childcare, flexibility and a decent wage aren’t frills,” writes Obama. “They’re basic needs. They shouldn’t be bonuses — they should be the bottom line.” FishbowlNY Beyond the fact that Obama shares a byline with a site that features headlines like “Don’t Expect Mila Kunis to Do This” and “Ugh,” what we found interesting was that the comments on the president’s piece are remarkably civil. So far, at least.

Knight News Challenge Winners Focus on Open, Available, Secure Internet (10,000 Words)
Monday the winners of the first Knight News Challenge of 2014 were announced. This round, the theme was about strengthening and maintaining an open Internet. The 19 winners will all receive grants. SocialTimes Among the winning projects was OnlineCensorship.org, created by the Electronic Frontier Foundation to collect information about censorship online and protect expression and freedom of speech on the Internet. Open Whisper Systems also had a winning project called Text Secure, which created a secure text messaging app that requires no special information from the users. Capital New York The Knight Foundation created and launched the 2014 Knight News Challenge in partnership with the Ford Foundation, which contributed $250,000, and the Mozilla Foundation.

Amazon, Warner Bros. Near Resolution on Pricing Dispute (WSJ)
Amazon.com has reversed a halt on preorders of movie discs from Time Warner Inc.’s Warner Bros. studio as the two sides near a resolution to a pricing dispute, according to people familiar with the matter. Preorders of forthcoming Warner DVD and Blu-ray releases like Transcendence and 300: Rise of An Empire are again being offered on Amazon.com. Variety Amazon has not been shy about applying pressure on partners with which it is negotiating in order to maximize its cut of DVD sales on its massively popular site. But sellers like WB that come with their own clout to the negotiation table with hit titles like The Lego Movie aren’t backing down so easily, either.

SCOTUSblog Denied Credentials, Again (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
The popular Supreme Court news site SCOTUSblog has once again been denied credentials to the Supreme Court, publisher Tom Goldstein reported Monday. SCOTUSblog launched in 2002 and, since the Supreme Court’s landmark health care ruling in 2012, has been seen as an invaluable source for news on the Supreme Court. Poynter / MediaWire But SCOTUSblog’s indispensability has not yet translated into a credential to cover the court. The Senate Press Gallery granted it a credential — usually a prerequisite for Supreme Court credentials — but it later revoked the credential.

Good Morning America Wins Outstanding Morning Program at Daytime Emmys (TVNewser)
Good Morning America took home top morning show honors at Sunday night’s 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards in Beverly Hills. The ABC morning show won outstanding morning program, beating NBC’s Today, CBS This Morning and CBS Sunday Morning. ABC correspondent Nick Watt accepted on GMA’s behalf.

Chris Jansing Offers First Report as NBC News Senior White House Correspondent (FishbowlDC)
Chris Jansing filed her first report as NBC News senior White House correspondent on Monday’s NBC Nightly News, covering the White House Summit on Working Families. Jansing’s first day coincided with Josh Earnest‘s first as White House press secretary.

RIP: Felix Dennis (FishbowlNY)
In the U.S., Dennis Publishing’s footprint had been reduced to The Week and Mental Floss. But it is of course for the vertiginous rise of Maxim magazine that the company’s flamboyant chairman Felix Dennis will be most remembered here.

Growth-Mode Gawker Aiming for Traffic, Staff Bumps (Capital New York)
As it continues to court a mass, if scattered, readership across its network of sites, Gawker Media leadership is looking for a sizable rise in unique U.S. visitors a month by the end of 2014, and to possibly double its staff by the end of 2015, editorial director Joel Johnson told employees at an all-hands edit meeting in late April.

NYT Revamping Plans for D.C. Tipsheet (Politico / Dylan Byers on Media)
The New York Times is reconsidering its long-standing plan to create an early morning political tipsheet. “First Draft,” a Politico Playbook-style newsletter, was one of two initiatives announced by former Times executive editor Jill Abramson last November. Carl Hulse, the paper’s chief Washington correspondent, had been tapped to serve as the project’s managing editor.

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