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9:05 PM ET, December 1, 2018

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Claudia Koerner / BuzzFeed News:
Fox Broadcasting Company and National Geographic are investigating Cosmos series host Neil deGrasse Tyson over allegations of sexual misconduct by three women  —  Fox Broadcasting Company and National Geographic are investigating astrophysicist and Cosmos host Neil deGrasse Tyson …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
As Sinclair seemed to waver briefly on support of Boris Epshteyn's views, a look at some other political segments that have aired on its 191 stations  —  For months, Sinclair Broadcast Group fed a steady stream of news stories and commentaries favorable to conservatives and critical …
Carl Meyer / National Observer:
Vice reporter Ben Makuch loses his case at the Supreme Court of Canada, which upholds an order to turn over his conversations with a source to the police  —  #87 of 87 articles from the Special Report:  —  Vice Media reporter Ben Makuch has lost his case at the Supreme Court of Canada …
Tavi Gevinson / Rookie:
Rookie magazine is folding, writes Editor-in-Chief Tavi Gevinson, though the site will remain up for a few more months  —  It is with a very full heart that I write that this is the last post on Rookie.  The site will stay up for at least a few months, the shop will stay up until the end of the year, but the publication is folding.
Sheila Dang / Reuters:
AT&T says it's considering selling its Hulu stake to help reduce its $183B debt and that WarnerMedia's streaming service will have three price tiers  —  (Reuters) - AT&T Inc (T.N) said on Thursday it has committed to cutting its heavy debt load next year through a variety of measures …
Max Read / New York Magazine:
How the “Content Cycle” mirrors the infinite and sustaining water cycle, as content moves from social networks to bloggers to cable TV, and then back to social  —  On Thursday night, Tucker Carlson, his brow furrowed in a perfect imitation of a human facial expression …
Day One: The Amazon Blog:
Apple Music will be available on Amazon Echo devices beginning the week of December 17  —  Apple Music is coming to Echo devices in the coming weeks.  —  Music has always been one of Alexa's most popular features and today we're excited to announce that Apple Music will be available on Echo devices beginning the week of December 17.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Facebook is streaming Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly for free starting today in the US in an effort to drive adoption of its Watch Party feature  —  Facebook is playing the nostalgia card in its latest bid to drive up video viewing — and video ad sales.
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Source: Mic Network has agreed to sell to Bustle Digital Group for about $5M, a fraction of Mic's valuation of $100M based on its investment round in April 2017  —  Struggling digital publisher lays off most of its staff ahead of sale  —  Digital publisher Mic Network Inc. has agreed …
Business Insider:
Interview with Heather Dietrick, CEO of the Daily Beast, on training at Hearst on the First Amendment, serving as general counsel at Gawker, and taking risks  —  - Heather Dietrick is the CEO of the Daily Beast.  — She was the president of Gawker during the Hulk Hogan lawsuit, which brought down the company.
Ben Schreckinger / Politico:
State-controlled outlets in autocratic countries find scapegoats other than Trump or avoid mentioning him knowing Trump's sensitivity to bad coverage  —  Even countries angry at the U.S. avoid insulting the volatile president.  —  When a tell-all book infuriated President Donald Trump last winter …
Discussion: @brianstelter
Dan Kennedy / WGBH:
Proposed FCC rule would cut the budget of community TV stations by allowing cable providers to deduct the cost of local programming from franchising fees  —  The Federal Communications Commission has opened a new front in its war on behalf of corporations and against the public it purportedly serves.
Discussion: @wgbhnews
 
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David Bixenspan / Gizmodo:
How the risk of costly copyright litigation affects Internet Archive and lets webmasters remove archived sites without DMCA notices simply by using robots.txt
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
PQ Media report: worldwide spending by consumers on digital and traditional media content, access, and technology will average ~$325 per year, up 5.1% YoY
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
VAB report: 73% of adults who stream video watch ad-supported OTT video, 90% of adults 25-34 stream video, up 18% since 2016, but only 10% of homes are OTT only
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
AMI is trying to raise $450M to refinance multiple loans, including a $100M loan that was used to buy Bauer Publishing's celebrity titles
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Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Food52 becomes the ninth food channel on free video streaming service Xumo; distribution is free as publishers provide content and collect ad revenue
Felicia Sonmez / Washington Post:
The CEO of the US Agency for Global Media, which oversees VOA and other US government media, apologizes for a Radio Martí show that attacked George Soros
The Verge:
Alt-right commentator Laura Loomer handcuffed self to Twitter NYC door to protest her ban from the service; NYPD cut cuffs at Loomer's request after a few hours