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11:55 AM ET, February 27, 2018


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Ashley Feinberg / HuffPost:
Transcript of a Q&A with the New York Times' Editorial Page Editor James Bennet which happened during a meeting with NYT staffers in December  —  “The world needs this from us right now.” … James Bennet: So the op-ed page was created to do a bunch of different things.
Discussion: Splinter and Editor & Publisher
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
NYT editorial-page editor James Bennet defends op-ed page controversy, saying it publishes a variety of voices; newsroom sources voice concern and embarrassment  —  A yoga-pants refusenik, a climate science skeptic, and a tech writer with a neo-Nazi pal, among other offenders, have put James Bennet in the crosshairs.
Sonam Rai / Reuters:
Discovery Communications had a net loss of $1.14B in Q4, says it expects to close $14.6B acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive by end of Q1 2018  —  (Reuters) - Discovery Communications Inc's (DISCA.O) revenue topped analysts' forecasts in the fourth quarter as the owner of Discovery Channel …
Discussion: PR Newswire and
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Discovery Communications CEO David Zaslav said the company has added nearly 500K subscribers in Europe to its streaming services during the Winter Olympics  —  “I can't think of another company ... that has been able to garner almost half a million subscribers in less than 15 days," says Discovery CEO David Zaslav.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Publishers are pivoting to subscriptions, as they did to video, but industry execs warn that reader revenue is a difficult business model to implement  —  Publishers are pivoting hard to subscriptions.  In the past few months alone, publishers including CNN, The Atlantic and Wired have made moves to put up online paywalls.
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Comcast offers about £22B for Sky, a 16% premium on the offer from Murdoch's 21st Century Fox  —  US cable TV group outbids 21st Century Fox's existing offer for broadcasting group … Comcast is attempting to gatecrash Rupert Murdoch's takeover of Sky, submitting a rival offer …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook to launch Local News Subscriptions Accelerator, a $3M three-month pilot program to help metro papers boost digital subscription efforts  —  Facebook Journalism Project will announce today the launch of its Local News Subscriptions Accelerator, a $3 million, three-month pilot program …
Julia Alexander / Polygon:
Logan Paul is rejoining YouTube's monetization program after a two-week suspension but is ineligible for its Preferred Ads, its platform for premium advertisers  —  A 90-day probation is still in effect  —  Logan Paul's YouTube channel is getting advertising again, but his probation isn't entirely over yet.
Maria Sheahan / Reuters:
Germany's highest court rules that Google is not obligated to ensure websites are free from defamatory content before displaying links to them in search results  —  FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Google (GOOGL.O) is not obligated to ensure websites are free from defamatory content before displaying links …
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Former Fox News anchor Gretchen Carlson is returning to the small screen, joining Epix show “America Divided” as executive producer and correspondent  —  Carlson will executive produce and serve as a correspondent for season two of ‘America Divided.’  —  Gretchen Carlson is returning to the small screen.
Discussion: @gretchencarlson
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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
The New York Times is in talks with streaming services and cable channels about launching a weekly ~30-minute TV show
Discussion: Deadline and Hollywood Reporter
Leanna Garfield / Business Insider:
Petition by father of Parkland shooting survivor calling on Amazon to drop NRAtv has nearly reached its 200K goal, at which point it would be sent to Jeff Bezos
Discussion: The Hill
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
YouTube Live gets automatic English captions, live chat replays, and location tagging
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Daniel Boffey / The Guardian:
Ján Kuciak, a journalist who was investigating tax fraud by a businessman linked to Slovakia's ruling party, found shot dead alongside his girlfriend
Gregg Kilday / Hollywood Reporter:
Turner's FilmStruck to add classic Hollywood movies from Warner Bros. film library as Warner Archive to shutter its streaming service
Stewart Clarke / Variety:
CNN President Jeff Zucker says quality journalism is at risk without help from ad and tech firms, regulators should watch monopolies Facebook and Google