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4:40 PM ET, February 15, 2019


 Top News: 
Sarah Frier / Bloomberg:
Facebook says it is exploring ways to address anti-vaccine misinformation including reducing or removing it from recommendations and demotion in search results  —  Facebook Inc., under pressure to reduce harmful, misleading and fake content, said it is exploring removing anti-vaccine information …
James Vincent / The Verge:
OpenAI says it won't release the dataset behind GPT-2, its new text generator algorithm that can write, translate, and summarize text, due to fears of misuse  —  OpenAI's researchers knew they were on to something when their language modeling program wrote a convincing essay on a topic they disagreed with.
Kim Lyons / Columbia Journalism Review:
Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh files complaint with National Labor Review Board, claiming Post-Gazette's publisher threatened to fire staff for union activity  —  On Saturday night, February 9, John Robinson Block—publisher of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, one of more than a dozen news outlets owned …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
SEC filing: Spotify paid €300M to buy Gimlet Media and Anchor; Spotify told investors it expects to spend $400M-$500M in total on podcast acquisitions in 2019  —  - After Machinima Shutdown, Rooster Teeth Revives ‘Inside Gaming’ and Rescues Other Machinima Shows
Gwilym Mumford / The Guardian:
BBC says This Week, its late night politics show hosted by Andrew Neil, will conclude this summer after 16 years on the air  —  Lighthearted late-night politics show will conclude in the summer when its current series ends  —  The BBC's long-running late-night politics show This Week …
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Sources detail the “generational shift” occurring at the BBC, as it loses four high-profile male presenters in recent months, including David Dimbleby
Adam Jacobson / Radio & Television Business Report:
Apollo Global Management acquires majority stake in Cox Media Group's TV arm; earlier report placed the value at $3B  —  DAYTON, OHIO — On January 26, RBR+TVBR overheard a conversation involving a Cox Media Group Ohio employee who noted “we should know in a couple of weeks” what their fate would be …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:, which has raised $2.6M from SeedInvest and others, hit $1.1M in revenue in 2018 with 750K subscribers and a newsletter open rate of around 40%  —  Surprise: Subscribers to a nerdy bitcoin newsletter are just about as engaged as subscribers to a nerdy local newsletter.
Discussion: @jason and @niemanlab
Nobel Women's Initiative:
The Nobel Women's Initiative launches InterviewHer, a global database to connect media to women experts on conflict, peace, and security  —  Ottawa—February 13, 2019.  —  The Nobel Women's Initiative today launched InterviewHer, a global database that helps connect media to a wide range …
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Sources: Facebook is working with some media partners to test connecting third-party ad tech, like Google Ad Manager, to Watch  —  Media partners could use Google and other ad tech to control advertising on the video service  —  Facebook wants to be friendlier to TV networks …
Melynda Fuller / MediaPost:
Hearst Magazines names its first chief data officer, Mike Smith, in charge of ad products, digital ad operations, and data capabilities  —  In its latest move as a data-driven content company, Hearst Magazines has appointed Mike Smith its first Chief Data Officer.  —  Smith will report to Hearst Magazines President Troy Young.
Discussion: Folio
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
NPD BookScan: Jill Abramson's Merchants of Truth sold just over 2,800 print copies in its first week of publication, following plagiarism controversy  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Days of relentless publicity, much of it unwanted, did not lead to many sales for Jill Abramson's “Merchants of Truth.”
Discussion: @tomgara and @maxwelltani
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Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
GQ UK launched GQ Hype, a free weekly digital publication which gets its revenue from display ads and content partnerships, in December, as a gateway to GQ
Council of Europe report: attacks on journalists almost doubled YoY in 2018, and new threats like verbal abuse and public stigmatization increased
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
US Copyright Office has refused a copyright claim for the “Carlton Dance”, a potential blow to performers seeking rights to dance emotes in games like Fortnite
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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
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
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
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