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4:20 PM ET, December 12, 2017

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Bloomberg:
NFL Network suspends 3 on-air analysts after sexual harassment allegations; related lawsuit also names Eric Weinberger, president of Bill Simmons' media group  —  Former employee says ex-producer sent several nude photos  —  NFL Network says employees suspended pending investigation
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Kevin Draper / New York Times:
Eric Weinberger, president of the Bill Simmons Media Group, has been suspended after being named in a lawsuit containing claims of sexual harassment and assault  —  NFL Network has suspended the analysts Marshall Faulk, Heath Evans and Ike Taylor “pending an investigation” …
Discussion: Fortune, ProFootballTalk and @tmz
Timothy Burke / Deadspin:
ESPN has suspended analysts Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis after they were named in the sexual harassment lawsuit brought against the NFL  —  ESPN has suspended analysts Donovan McNabb and Eric Davis after a lawsuit filed in Los Angeles named the former NFL Network personalities among …
Discussion: ProFootballTalk
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
In the Alabama race, Roy Moore sought to make the press his opponent, with some commentators saying the race has been turned into a referendum on the media  —  “The media” is not on the ballot in Tuesday's special election in Alabama.  That's obvious, yes, but it bears repeating because Roy Moore …
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Leaked documents show how Steve Bannon and Breitbart sought to sabotage Twitter via negative coverage, potential litigation, and stock manipulation  —  Steve Bannon and his associates at Breitbart News planned a broad financial, legal, and editorial campaign to damage Twitter, according to documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.
Anjali Athavaley / Reuters:
Comcast says it has dropped its bid for 21st Century Fox's assets; sources say Disney still in negotiations with Fox and a deal could be reached this month  —  (Reuters) - Comcast Corp said on Monday it had abandoned its bid for most of the assets of Rupert Murdoch's Twenty-First Century Fox Inc …
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David Faber / CNBC:
Sources: 21st Century Fox and Disney are on track to announce a deal on Thursday  —  - 21st Century Fox and Disney are on track for a Thursday deal announcement, sources familiar with the deal said.  —  21st Century Fox and Disney are on a “glide path” for a Thursday deal announcement, sources familiar with the deal said.
Rani Molla / Recode:
Google is sending more traffic to publishers, up 17% this year, than Facebook, who is sending 25% less traffic, according to Parse.ly  —  Facebook sent 25 percent less traffic to publishers this year, while Google increased its traffic by 17 percent, according to Parse.ly.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Former Mashable Executive Editor Jim Roberts is joining financial news startup Cheddar as editor-in-chief  —  Jim Roberts, former Mashable executive editor and veteran New York Times and Reuters digital editor, is joining streaming TV startup Cheddar as editor-in-chief to lead Cheddar's newsroom and editorial coverage.
John Schwartz / New York Times:
Former New York Times reporter Roy Reed, who covered the civil rights era, has died aged 87 in Arkansas  —  On June 6, 1966, James Meredith tried to make history for the second time.  Having integrated the University of Mississippi in 1962, he announced a plan to walk from Memphis deep into his neighboring home state.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
The Today show beats Good Morning America in the ratings for the second week in a row, the first time since 2016  —  Rather than give up on “Today” in the wake of veteran co-anchor Matt Lauer's departure, viewers are flocking to it.  —  For the second consecutive week …
Jordan Crook / TechCrunch:
YouTube TV rolls out to 34 new metro area markets, bringing the total to 83 US markets  —  The unbundling of the cable media empire is well underway, as players like Netflix grow and others like Hulu and YouTube offer live TV service.  —  YouTube TV, in particular, is executing an aggressive rollout …
 
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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter makes it easier to tweetstorm by adding a threads feature, letting you easily add linked tweets from the compose screen, rolling out in coming weeks
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
CNBC is opening a Middle East headquarters in Abu Dhabi, which it will begin broadcasting from in 2018, and will also hire 10 staffers
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
The first robot-generated stories from the Press Association's automated news service RADAR, funded by Google's Digital News Initiative, have made it into print
Discussion: Financial Times and OnTheWight
Shona Ghosh / Business Insider:
A government report, being released on Wednesday, will urge Theresa May to sue Facebook, Google, and other tech firms who don't delete abusive content
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The Guardian:
Guardian US to be guest edited by Dreamers for three days this week with Columbia Journalism Review and Univision News co-publishing stories
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
With “My WSJ,” The Wall Street Journal makes a personalized content feed central to its app
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Verizon signs five-year deal with NFL, which reports estimate to be ~$2B, to stream games in US, but loses status as exclusive US carrier for live NFL games