The 7 stories PR pros need to know on Monday morning, 7.20.2015

New CEO at PR Newswire; Trump won't apologize for McCain comments; Cosby deposition revealed in detail; Hackers threaten to out 37 million Ashley Madison users.

1. PR Newswire will get a new CEO next month. Parent company UBM said Monday morning that CFO Robert Gray will step up to the top job on August 1. Chief executive Ninan Chacko will step down to pursue other opportunities, the company said.

2. Donald Trump is refusing to apologize for his Saturday afternoon comments on John McCain’s war record, saying he doesn’t need to be "lectured" by other candidates and the media. The real-estate mogul is serving as his own campaign strategist, according to staffers who spoke with The New York Times. McCain said on Morning Joe on Monday that Trump doesn’t owe him an apology, but should say he’s sorry to veterans captured in combat.

3. Bill Cosby’s pursuit of young women throughout his career was revealed in graphic detail on Saturday in a New York Times story revealing parts of a near-decade-old deposition by the entertainment legend. "It was bad before. But anyone who had any doubts about Cosby's actions gets it now," Howard Bragman told USA Today.

4. Hackers are threatening to out 37 million members of Ashley Madison, the website that helps users cheat on their spouses, not to mention their personal information and sexual quirks, if parent company Avid Life Media does not take the website offline.

5. A gun-control group backed by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is using a six-figure ad buy to support background-check legislation in Congress. It’s taking out spots in The Washington Post and Politico, and petitioning retailers such as Cabela’s.

6. Gawker editorial staffers issued a statement on Friday decrying the website’s decision to retract a post that outed a Conde Nast executive. They say the decision was driven by Gawker’s business executives, breaking down the church-state boundary at the website.

7. US TV ad spending was down 5% in the second quarter, according to numbers from Standard Media Index. However, Q2 2014 was a difficult period to top, containing the World Cup. 

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