The ad agency M&A to watch in 2021

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10 ad agencies that are top acquisition targets in 2021 as private equity money pours in

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Jeff Zucker is leaving CNN — meet 14 execs who could succeed him or run other TV networks as massive turnover looms

  • A new generation of TV news executives is waiting in the wings, reports Claire Atkinson.
  •  CNN’s Jeff Zucker said Thursday he would leave at the end of 2021. Disney’s ABC News president James Goldston is leaving in March after 17 years at the helm. MSNBC president Phil Griffin was replaced by Rashida Jones after running the channel since 2008.
  • 10 senior TV news executives, headhunters, and agents predicted who could take over roles like these. Their picks include Deborah Turness from NBCNews International, head of Apple News Nick Ascheim, and News UK’s head of broadcasting David Rhodes.

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JPMorgan says US media companies are ‘scratching the surface’ on sports betting. Read the key takeaways for media investors from its 33-page report.

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