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2:45 AM ET, November 15, 2019

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Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Newspaper Consolidation Games: expect a formal deal closing for Gannett on Nov. 19, then big cuts; sources say McClatchy and Tribune are talking merger again  —  What was once expected to be $200 million in annual cost savings has now grown to $400 million or more.  But how much blood is left to be drawn from this stone?
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Marc Tracy / New York Times:
McClatchy plans to end Saturday print issues at all its daily newspapers by the end of 2020, though a new slate of articles will continue to appear digitally  —  Subscribers to The Miami Herald, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Charlotte Observer will no longer find a newspaper at the end of their driveway on Saturday mornings.
Nathan Bomey / USA Today:
Shareholders of Gannett and New Media approve the $1.13B merger; the new Gannett will be composed of 260 dailies, aims to cut $275M-$300M within two years  —  Shareholders cleared the way Thursday for New Media Investment Group and USA TODAY owner Gannett to join forces in a deal that will create …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
McClatchy has retained advisers to explore options and has opened talks with the federal agency that manages insolvent pension funds; stock down ~14%
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Early Reuters and NBC stories about impeachment hearings emphasized a lack of drama, fueling a social media backlash from those who want substance not theatrics  —  A Reuter's news article pronouncing Wednesday's illuminating, alarming, and historic kickoff of the Trump impeachment hearings …
Noah Yoo / Pitchfork:
Taylor Swift says her former label's CEO and Scooter Braun, who bought the label, won't let her sing early songs at an awards show or in a Netflix documentary  —  Swift: “The message being sent to me is very clear... Be a good little girl and shut up.  Or you'll be punished"
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Apple signed on 200,000 subscribers to Apple News+ in its first 48 hours in March but has since struggled to add customers  —  - Apple signed on 200,000 subscribers to Apple News+ in its first 48 hours in March, but has been stuck in neutral since that time, according to people familiar with the matter.
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Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple is considering bundling News+, Apple TV+ and Apple Music as soon as 2020 to attract subscribers, meaning less money for News+ publishers  —  - Company keeps rights to bundle News+ service with TV+, Music  — Move may woo more subscribers, but lower publishers' News+ cut
Bloomberg:
Following EU scrutiny, Google to stop sharing info with buyers in ad auctions about the type of content on a page where an ad could appear, starting in February  —  - Search giant to stop sharing some info with buyers in auction  — Google said it took step follow discussions with watchdogs
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
George Soros' foundation asks Fox for a retraction, apology, and a ban on guest Joe diGenova after diGenova's anti-Semitic rant against Soros on Lou Dobbs' show  —  George Soros's Open Society Foundations is requesting action from Fox News/Fox Business after guest commentator Joe diGenova uncorked …
Sara Jerde / Adweek:
Amazon's ad for The Report, a movie based on the probe into the CIA after 9/11, wrapped front pages of major papers, with redacted words, mimicking real fronts  —  The wrap appears in the L.A. Times, Chicago Tribune and USA Today, among other papers  —  It's been over five years since …
Maya Shwayder / Digital Trends:
The maker of viral deepfakes of Mark Zuckerberg and Boris Johnson says they show how personal data can be used in unexpected ways, even of those in power  —  Bill Posters is a former street artist based in the U.K. You may not know his name, but if you've been paying attention, you've likely seen his work.
David Sharman / HoldtheFrontPage:
Newsquest seeks voluntary staff redundancies at Glasgow's The Herald and The Herald on Sunday, with possible compulsory redundancies to follow  —  Compulsory redundancies have been threatened at a daily newspaper and its Sunday stablemate unless “a number” of journalists volunteer to leave the business over the next few days.
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Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
MoffettNathanson estimates that TV live streaming services have ~9M subscribers, up 33% YoY; Hulu Live TV has ~2.7M subscribers while YouTube TV has ~1.6M
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
eMarketer: TV ad spending in the US has peaked in 2018 and will decline 2.9% this year to $70.3B, dropping below one-quarter of total US ad spending by 2022
Daniel Frankel / Multichannel News:
OpenVault: cord cutters averaged 520.8 GB of internet usage in Q3, up 7% YoY; 12% of cord cutters are power users who use 1TB+ per month
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Yahoo Sports launches section for fans to bet on sports, starting in New Jersey, through the MGM Resorts' BetMGM platform, part of a multiyear partnership
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Agence France-Presse:
Turkish journalist Ahmet Altan rearrested following his prison release one week ago where he'd served three years over alleged links to 2016 coup
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Sources: Disney plans to bring Disney+ to India in H2 2019 via its streaming platform Hotstar and to expand the offering to Malaysia, Indonesia, and others
Daniel Roberts / Yahoo Finance:
Sources: Sports Illustrated will be published monthly starting in 2020, plus four special issues and the Swimsuit Issue for a total of 17 issues per year
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Disney says Disney+ has seen 10M signups since launching on Tuesday