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9:15 AM ET, February 26, 2019


 Top News: 
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources: Facebook will only renew about one-third of existing Facebook Watch news shows; source says one show that was renewed had a 30% budget cut  —  Facebook is showing a greater willingness to ax news programming that's not working on Facebook Watch.  —  Last June, Facebook rolled …
Discussion: @danielpmcdermot
Rafael Bernal / The Hill:
Univision says Jorge Ramos and his team, who were in Caracas to interview Maduro, were briefly detained at the palace after Maduro “didn't like” their questions  —  Univision reporter Jorge Ramos was detained at the presidential palace in Caracas Monday by order …
The Guardian:
UK far-right activist Tommy Robinson has been permanently banned from Facebook and Instagram for repeatedly breaking policies on hate speech  —  Far-right founder of English Defence League repeatedly breached hate speech rules  —  Tommy Robinson, the far-right founder of the English Defence League …
Manish Singh / VentureBeat:
Mozilla partners with Scroll to test alternative funding models for the web, following the news subscription service's acquisition of Nuzzel earlier this month  —  News subscription service Scroll, which is yet to launch to consumers but has received the backing of several top publishers, courted another major player today: Mozilla.
Discussion: Future Releases
Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
Ratings for the 2019 Oscars, which had no host and ran 41 minutes shorter than last year's, increased ~12% YoY to 29.6M viewers, after 2018's all-time low  —  ABC's broadcast up by more than 10 percent from 2018's all-time low.  —  The 2019 Oscars delivered year-to-year gains in Sunday's ratings …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
At the Oscars, Netflix's Roma wins Best Director, Best Cinematography, and Best Foreign Film, but not Best Picture
American Journalism Project:
The American Journalism Project, a venture philanthropy project aiming to reinvigorate local news, has launched with $42M in commitments  —  New venture philanthropy organization will work collaboratively to catalyze a new generation of civic news organizations  —  Feb. 26, 2019.
Rani Molla / Recode:
LinkedIn: share of journalism hires has declined 14% since 2004, but total share of journalism, PR, content, and social media hires was larger in 2018 than 2004  —  The plight of journalists might not be that bad if you're willing to consider a broader view of “journalism.”
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Discovery Inc, which purchased Scripps Network Interactive last year, said Q4 revenue rose 51% YoY to $2.8B+, after posting a loss in the same period last year  —  Discovery Inc. said it swung to a profit in the fourth quarter after posting a loss in the year-earlier period.
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Justin Osofsky / Facebook:
Facebook says it's committed to enforcing its expectations of working conditions for contractor moderators, and the firms it partners with excel in their domain  —  We know there are a lot of questions, misunderstandings and accusations around Facebook's content review practices …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Interviews with current and former Facebook content moderators in US show they make $28K/year, some develop PTSD, and a few are radicalized by fringe content
Spotify's launch in India hits a snag as Warner Music Group files an injunction to bar Spotify's access to Warner/Chappell's library of 1M+ songs  —  UPDATED: Spotify's long-anticipated launch in India could be days away, but the Swedish company is taking its licensing negotiations with the three major music groups to the wire.
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
Facebook restores network of Russia-backed pages targeting US millennials, 10 days after suspending them, after forcing those behind them to disclose RT ties  —  New York (CNN Business)Facebook said Monday that it would allow a network of millennial-focused pages tied to the Russian state …
Lindsey Bever / Washington Post:
Suicide tips and other dark and dangerous content was found spliced in kids' cartoon videos on YouTube and YouTube kids  —  Free Hess, a pediatrician and mother, had learned about the chilling videos over the summer when another mom spotted one on YouTube Kids.
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CBS San Francisco:
Multiple suspects arrested after a reporter and cameraman for a CBS affiliate in Oakland were robbed and their security guard was shot in the leg
Dave McNary / Variety:
Hollywood agents are furious over a proposed “Code of Conduct” that the Writers Guild of America is proposing to its members, governing agents' behavior
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Evening Standard's parent company says the newspaper's editorial integrity was formally protected in an agreement with Saudi shareholder
John Williams / New York Times:
Five months after Editor Ian Buruma departed, the New York Review of Books has named Emily Greenhouse and Gabriel Winslow-Yost as co-editors
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Lara Logan says she was approached by right-wing media companies but doesn't want to be a “darling of the conservative media” and has not talked to Fox News