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6:15 PM ET, December 18, 2018


 Top News: 
Guru Gowrappan / Verizon:
On January 8, Oath, which was created from Verizon's acquisitions of Yahoo and AOL, will be rebranded as Verizon Media Group  —  Verizon Media Group will replace the Oath brand, representing our strong alignment as a core pillar of Verizon's business.  —  I'm excited today to share …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump adviser Roger Stone settles $100M defamation lawsuit brought by Chinese businessman over claims he made on InfoWars, admits making false statements  —  Trump adviser made the admission in settling a defamation suit brought against him by an exiled Chinese businessman
Committee to Protect Journalists:
The Committee to Protect Journalists and First Look Media's press freedom defense fund aims to raise $500K for legal support, with Rappler as a recipient  —  International Center for Journalists and Reporters Without Borders Join Fundraising Campaign with Leading Organizations Fighting for Global Press Freedom
Discussion: @sulliview and @jeffjarvis
Senate report: Instagram dwarfs all social networks in Russia's IRA posts and engagements, yet Facebook execs have not been upfront about this  —  - Document prepared for Senate Intelligence evaluates posts  — Instagram tops Facebook in IRA posts and unique engagements
Adam Jacobson / Radio & Television Business Report:
DOJ's antitrust division approves Gray's merger with Raycom Media on the condition that companies will sell overlapping TV stations in nine local markets  —  The Department of Justice late Friday gave its formal approval of Gray Television's merger with Raycom Media.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Sources: while Facebook had informal talks with cable networks including HBO and Showtime, it currently has no plans to launch a subscription video product  —  - Facebook Has Talked With HBO, Showtime and Other Networks but It's Unlikely to Proceed With Pay-TV Idea  —  Is Facebook about to become cable TV provider?
Discussion: @mattnavarra
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Just For Men,, and Jaguar Land Rover among eight companies to pull ads from Tucker Carlson's Fox News show, after his comments about immigrants  —  The host claimed on Monday night that he is “not intimidated” by the backlash and stands by what he said last week.
Reporters Without Borders:
RSF: number of journalists killed increased 15% YoY in 2018 to 63, with the US joining the list of the deadliest countries for the press  —  Organisation  —  RSF_en  —  A total of 80 journalists were killed this year, 348 are currently in prison, and 60 are being held hostage …
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
As EU debates Article 13, which would require sites to have an “upload filter”, a look at the failures of YouTube's sophisticated ContentID system  —  The entire Article 13 debate is a weird one.  It appears that both the recording industry and the film industry are going for broke on this one.
Discussion: @mmasnick
Tampa Bay Times:
The charitable trust of Nelson Poynter's 92-year-old widow is suing Tampa Bay Times parent company Times Publishing Co., claiming it's owed millions  —  The charitable trust benefitting the 92-year-old widow of Nelson Poynter has sued Times Publishing Co. in federal court, claiming it is owed millions of dollars.
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
A former Wisconsin police sergeant is suing Netflix and the filmmakers behind the “Making A Murderer” series over his portrayal in it  —  Andrew Colburn, a former police sergeant in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, has sued the filmmakers of “Making a Murderer” as well as Netflix …
Discussion: Fast Company
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
A look at how CBS is adding local news channels to its streaming service CBSN, starting with CBSN in New York, with plans to launch in LA in 2019  —  CBS News plans to provide more local news coverage on connected TV screens.  —  Last week, CBS Television Stations and the company's digital arm …
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
HQ Trivia postpones rollout of its premier HQ Words gameshow and Google ad campaign until later this week; sources say the company had ~$10M ad revenue in 2018  —  Founder's death causes company to reschedule  —  HQ Trivia plans to run its regularly scheduled game on Monday evening …
Max Read / New York Magazine:
PewDiePie has used YouTube to promote anti-Semitic content and uttered racist slurs but the site's culture means he will remain popular, with 75M+ subscribers  —  Last week, the Swedish YouTube star Felix Kjellberg, known to his fans as PewDiePie, uploaded an edition of “Pew News,” …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
A branded content section of WSJ's website was hacked on Monday, with a message posted praising YouTuber PewDiePie; he later tweeted a link to the page himself
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Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
NPR's podcast measurement technology RAD has sparked debate within the industry, with Overcast's Marco Arment expressing concerns about tracking and privacy
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed the league is interested in acquiring Fox's regional sports networks, which Disney is required to divest after 21CF deal
Discussion: Multichannel News
Stewart Clarke / Variety:
BBC Names Fiona Campbell as New Head of Online Channel BBC Three
Andrew McCormick / Columbia Journalism Review:
19-year-old Sammy Sussman penned a 6,500-word story for his university paper detailing four decades of sexual assault allegations against a music professor
 Earlier Picks: 
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
To drive subscribers to Fox Nation, its new streaming service, Fox is adding membership-type benefits like access to life events, discount on merchandise, more
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
It's time for the media to stop amplifying lies from Kellyanne Conway and to quit repeating falsehoods in tweets and alerts just because the president said them
Tucker Higgins / CNBC:
CBS board completes investigation of Les Moonves, says grounds to terminate exist, and he will not receive his $120M severance pay
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix has named former ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey as its vice president of original content