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7:20 AM ET, December 21, 2018


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Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Three French broadcasters, France Télévisions, M6, and TF1, have created Sygma, a common standard for buyers to access VOD inventory in hopes of reducing fraud  —  In France three broadcasters, France Télévisions, M6 and TF1, have created a common standard …
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Q&A with Guardian CRO Hamish Nicklin on Martin Sorrell's S4, long-term effects of GDPR, the Rubicon settlement, and the growth of premium programmatic ads  —  As we close out 2018, the Guardian is just over three months away from the deadline of its three-year plan to break even.
Washington Post:
Ex-Senate staffer James Wolfe gets two months in prison for lying to FBI; he had been linked to a NYT reporter after DOJ seized her phone and email records  —  A longtime aide to the Senate Intelligence Committee was sentenced Thursday to two months in prison for lying to FBI agents …
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
Times Square News Year's Eve will officially celebrate journalists and press freedom; the event's official charity will be the Committee to Protect Journalists  —  News media figures will trigger iconic ball-drop  —  When the ball drops in Times Square New Year's Eve, it will be aimed …
Two residents of Fergus Falls, MN, detail what Claas Relotius of Der Spiegel fabricated or got wrong when he visited to write about US rural support of Trump  —  In February 2017, my husband and I attended a concert at our local theater, and were sipping some wine in the lobby before the show started.
Tassilo Hummel / Reuters:
CNN strips Der Spiegel journalist Claas Relotius of his two Journalist of the Year awards; he's also returned four awards from press association Reporter Forum
Discussion: Associated Press
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
NBCU, Sony, Warner Bros, and Sky offer to give access to content broadcast by Sky to viewers outside UK to prevent European Commission antitrust investigation  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - NBCUniversal, Sony Pictures, Warner Bros and Sky have offered to end anti-competitive movie licensing deals …
Ashley Cullins / Hollywood Reporter:
District court judge rules in BuzzFeed's favor in lawsuit from tech exec Aleksej Gubarev after publication of Steele dossier, citing the fair report privilege  —  The outlet can't evade a defamation claim from Aleksej Gubarev by arguing he must show actual malice.
Gareth Davies / Telegraph:
Judge lets Harvey Weinstein sexual assault case move forward with a pre-trial hearing set for March 7  —  A judge has declined to dismiss the sexual assault case against Harvey Weinstein.  —  Weinstein was one of Hollywood's most powerful figures when scores of women - including A-list actresses …
Roy Greenslade / The Guardian:
National Union of Journalists files complaint with UK regulator IPSO against Newsquest for posting a story about a staff strike with no quotes from the union  —  The NUJ's complaint has echoes of a 1975 case, and goes to the heart of arguments about press freedom  —  Journalists often get upset about their bosses.
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