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12:45 AM ET, February 15, 2019


 Top News: 
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
CBS reports Q4 revenues of $4B, up 3% YoY, missing estimates, adjusted operating income of $837M, up 10% YoY, and says it has 8M direct-to-consumer subscribers  —  CBS Corp. reported fourth-quarter earnings that fell short of Wall Street analysts' expectations, largely due to a dip …
Al Jazeera:
Maria Ressa has been released after spending one night in NBI custody and posting bail of 100K Philippine pesos, or about $1,900  —  Rappler editor and critic of Duterte's administration posts bail a day after widely condemned arrest on libel charges.  —  Maria Ressa, an award-winning …
Aika Rey / RAPPLER:
Rappler CEO Maria Ressa arrested by Philippines National Bureau of Investigation on cyber libel charges over story published four months before cyber law passed
Alexander Russo /
Since Columbine, media coverage of school shootings has improved, but issues of accuracy, follow-up, and narrow focus on gun control advocacy remain  —  Coverage of the 2018 school shooting may be marginally better than it was 20 years ago after Columbine, but it's still not nearly good enough.
Kerry Flynn / Digiday:
The NYT has quietly paused its Snapchat channel with the last edition dated Dec 21, 2018; Snap says it is having ongoing “creative conversations” with the Times  —  After publishing to Snapchat Discover every weekday, The New York Times has quietly stopped its channel.
Discussion: @digiday
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Cord-cutting accelerates as the five biggest U.S. pay-TV providers collectively lost around 3.2 million customers in 2018, a 4.2% decrease  —  - After Machinima Shutdown, Rooster Teeth Revives ‘Inside Gaming’ and Rescues Other Machinima Shows  —  Cord-cutting inflicted a heavier toll …
Discussion: BGR, @tortured_verse and MediaPost
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
CNN's Howard Schultz town hall was another example of the media legitimizing rich political candidates because of their ability to self-fund  —  A billionaire flirts with a run for president and gets grossly disproportionate free airtime.  We all know the punchline.
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Univision recorded 2018 loss of $120M+ on its English-language digital assets like Gizmodo and The Onion, bought the remaining stake in The Onion for $28.7M  —  The company reported that the assets lost $32.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2018.  —  Univision is acknowledging …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources: Col Allan, former longtime controversial editor-in-chief of New York Post has been working as a consultant for News Corp., for the past three weeks  —  Can Col Allan, the swashbuckling and bibulous tabloid star of the aughts, help the New York Post decode its most important reader?
Discussion: New York Daily News and @joepompeo
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Michael Smith / SportsBusiness Daily:
Sources: the owner of the Cleveland Browns, also CEO of a truck stop chain, pulls out of an ad deal with ESPN two years early after a critical story on the team
Michael Malone / Broadcasting & Cable:
CNBC names Dan Colarusso, executive editor at Reuters Digital, as senior VP of business news, overseeing television news content, coverage, and production
Discussion: Variety and TVNewser
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
JibJab, one of the first companies that let people insert selfies into videos, gifs and e-cards, has been acquired by Catapult Capital for an undisclosed sum
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
LexisNexis has cut media access to TraceIQ, a database of names, phone numbers, and addresses used in investigative journalism, citing “public concern” and GDPR
New York Times:
The Trump Administration reached out to Lou Dobbs and Sean Hannity to support Trump's border deal; sources: Bill Shine was involved in outreach to Fox hosts
 Earlier Picks: 
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Apple has signed many publishers to its upcoming news service with a 50% revenue split, sources say, but that split likely won't satisfy major newspapers
The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh:
The Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh releases accounts of Publisher John Robinson Block's newsroom visit, where he berated staff and frightened his young daughter
L.A. Times Guild:
The Los Angeles Times Guild pushes back against a proposal that potentially broadens management's control over employees' book or movie deals
James Vincent / The Verge:
EU negotiations on Copyright Directive overhaul come to a close, with Article 11 and 13 largely intact; legislation now heads to EU Parliament for approval