Welcome to Ad Age's Wake-Up Call, our daily roundup of advertising, marketing, media and digital news. You can get an audio version of this briefing on your Alexa device. Search for "Ad Age" under "Skills" in the Alexa app. What people are talking about today: AT&T won, and the Trump administration lost. A federal judge cleared the $85 billion mega-merger between AT&T and Time Warner, despite the Justice Department's attempt to halt the deal. Time Warner owns a lot of media brands, including HBO, Cinemax, Warner Bros. and CNN, which President Trump constantly trashes as "fake news," raising questions about whether the attempt to block the deal was political. Ad Age's Simon Dumenco has a handy cheat sheet of seven things to know about the case. Such as, it will probably pave the way for other mergers. As Bloomberg News' Shira Ovide tweeted, "Brace yourselves for LITERALLY EVERY DEAL TO HAPPEN NOW." It was an all-caps kind of day.
Meanwhile in London
Former CEO Martin Sorrell is not expected to show up at today's WPP annual shareholder meeting in London, as Bloomberg News writes. But there could be some drama nonetheless. This weekend, The Wall Street Journal reported that WPP had investigated this year whether Sorrell used company funds on a prostitute, an allegation Sorrell forcefully denied. The Financial Times says two employees alleged they saw Sorrell going into a brothel. Both reports relied heavily on anonymous sources.