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7:20 PM ET, November 13, 2018


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / CNN:
CNN sues Trump and top aides, alleging that the suspension of Jim Acosta's press pass is a violation of Acosta's and CNN's First and Fifth Amendment rights  —  New York (CNN)CNN has filed a lawsuit against President Trump and several of his aides, seeking the immediate restoration …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
CNN's lawsuit could lead to broader questions for Trump's administration in court, including queries about the decision to challenge the AT&T-Time Warner merger  —  Whether he likes it or not, Donald Trump will face tough questions about censorship and due process.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
After Trump denied Jim Acosta a press pass, networks and WH reporters were left with a choice to protest the move or do nothing, and both options have drawbacks
Matthew Garrahan / Financial Times:
Quartz launches free new app with curated news stories and contributions from business leaders and introduces a premium membership tier for $14.99/month  —  Quartz is to launch a subscription tier for its business coverage and a new app that will offer aggregated news and user discussion …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
In rushing to call the midterm elections in time for next-day analysis, journalists play into the harmful notion that elections are over on election night  —  Democratic strategist James Carville, on MSNBC, was among the first to make the proclamation last Tuesday evening: “It's not going to be a wave election.”
Richard Morgan / New York Post:
Source: the New York Yankees are planning to buy back the YES Network from Fox as Fox works to sell off its regional sports networks  —  The New York Yankees are in talks to buy back YES Network as Disney and Twenty-First Century Fox look to clear their $71.3 billion merger, The Post has learned.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Disney is in talks with Hearst to sell its interest in five European cable channels that are part of its joint venture with A+E Networks  —  Disney is in talks with Hearst to sell off its interest in five European cable channels that are part of the larger A+E Networks joint venture between the companies.
Sam Rutherford / Gizmodo:
Spotify will roll out its Apple Watch app in the coming week but without key features like the ability to stream music on LTE or download songs  —  One of the big selling points of smartwatches is the ability to control apps without needing to pull out your phone.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Pandora launches Podcast Genome Project in beta, combining its Music Genome technology with human editorial oversight to offer podcast recommendations  —  Earlier this year, Pandora challenged Spotify's personalization capabilities by using its Music Genome technology to create dozens of customized playlists for its users.
Megan Graham / Ad Age:
Five advertising holding companies say the DOJ has ended an investigation into production bidding practices without charges; a probe into media buying continues  —  Five top holding companies subjected to a Department of Justice probe into ad industry production practices say the investigations …
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Yahoo Finance is launching a subscription service, Yahoo Finance Premium, in Q1 2019 that a source says will likely cost $100+/month  —  Yahoo Finance, the decades-old money brand now owned by Verizon, is launching a subscription service that aims to compete with Bloomberg for the cash …
Music Business Worldwide:
Rolling Stone partners with London-based Music Business Worldwide, an industry news outlet; Rolling Stone and Variety articles will be shared on MBW  —  Leading music industry information platform Music Business Worldwide (MBW) has entered into a partnership with iconic music publication Rolling Stone …
Discussion: @cheriehu42
Wayne Friedman / MediaPost:
Study: in the first month of the new TV season, primetime broadcast viewers ages 18-49 in Nielsen C3 ratings dropped 12% to 7.8M; cable sank 11% to 13.7M  —  The first full month of the new 2018-2019 TV season showed some old, troubling results: double-digit percentage ratings declines for linear TV networks.
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
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Associated Press:
MTV expands its live events business to diversify revenue by acquiring SnowGlobe Music Festival, which runs for three days over New Year's
Thomson Reuters:
Reuters names Michael Friedenberg president of Reuters news and media operations, starting December 3
Jon Russell / TechCrunch:
NetEase Cloud Music, a music streaming service by Chinese games and publishing giant NetEase, raises $600M from investors including Baidu and General Atlantic
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Rani Molla / Recode:
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