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1:30 PM ET, November 26, 2018


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New York Times:
How Origo, a Hungarian site famous for corruption investigations, turned pro-government after its telecom parent was pushed to sell it to allies of Hungary's PM  —  BUDAPEST — Hungary's leading news website, Origo, had a juicy scoop: A top aide to the far-right prime minister, Viktor Orban …
Max Willens / Digiday:
The Washington Post is launching a new 20-minute daily news podcast, “Post Reports”, on December 3, with the goal of reaching 1M downloads per episode  —  The Washington Post is rolling out its most ambitious effort in podcasting yet, joining the battle for the daily news podcast of record.
Discussion: @janebsinger
Syrian radio host Raed Al Fares, who satirized President Bashar al-Assad and groups including ISIS, was shot dead on Friday alongside journalist Hamoud Junaid  —  (CNN)A Syrian radio host who satirized both President Bashar al-Assad and opposition insurgents including ISIS has been shot dead …
Discussion: @eye2winner
Patrick Kulp / Adweek:
NBCUniversal debuts a machine learning tool to help brands place ads around scenes relevant to their product, by analyzing scripts, CC data, visual descriptors  —  The tool identifies places for brands to buy spots in more opportune times  —  The next time you see, say …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Sources: the BBC's recent launch of its Serbia service was inspired by the UK Foreign Office, who suggested it to the corporation  —  Amid growing concern over pro-Kremlin propaganda in the region, the BBC launched its Serbian service following a suggestion from Britain's Foreign Office, sources told BuzzFeed News.
Discussion: @juliamacfarlane
Jill Disis / CNN:
With 120K subscribers and a 19K recipe archive, NYT Cooking is expanding its team and considering a show as it establishes itself as a standalone brand  —  New York (CNN Business)The New York Times bet more than a year ago that it could convince an audience of foodies to pay for a standalone section devoted to all things cooking.
Nieman Lab:
Study: fake news is rife across the developing world, with South Africans, Kenyans, and Nigerians exposed to it more than US news consumers  —  Concerns about “fake news” have dominated discussions about the relationship between the media and politics in the developed world in recent years.
Elana Schor / Politico:
Ohio Democrat and potential 2020 presidential candidate Sherrod Brown says he fears a journalist will “end up dead” because of Trump's anti-press rhetoric  —  In a POLITICO interview, the Ohio Democrat highlights his connection with Trump voters, a possible preview of a 2020 campaign.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Facebook says Mark Zuckerberg won't appear before the UK-led grand committee of eight countries on Tuesday, sending the VP of public policy to testify instead  —  Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has declined to testify at a rare joint hearing with lawmakers from seven countries …
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Mure Dickie / Financial Times:
A look at decline of The Scotsman, whose circulation is down to 17K from 100K in 2000 and value is down to £4.3M from £160M when Johnston Press bought it in '05
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
White House communications chief Bill Shine received $8.4M severance from Fox News in May 2017 and will get $3.5M in bonuses both this year and next