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4:25 AM ET, March 2, 2019

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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sources: CNN head Jeff Zucker expected to expand his portfolio to lead AT&T's Turner Sports as part of AT&T's restructuring of WarnerMedia  —  Jeff Zucker, the leader of cable-news outlet CNN, is about to add sports to his portfolio, giving him expanded oversight of more of the most valuable content …
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Michael O'Connell / Hollywood Reporter:
Memo: HBO CEO and Chairman Richard Plepler tells staff he is leaving the company, nine months after AT&T's acquisition of HBO parent Time Warner
Caysey Welton / Folio:
Dennis Publishing, the UK-based owner of The Week, has acquired 99-year-old Kiplinger Washington Editors Inc.; Kiplinger's COO will become its CEO  —  Dennis Publishing, the U.K.-based owner of The Week, has acquired 99-year-old Kiplinger Washington Editors Inc. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
Tom Jones / Poynter:
A look back at The Rocky Mountain News, the Pulitzer-winning paper that closed 10 years ago, and how Denver fell from having 500+ journalists to fewer than 80  —  Early in 2008, John Temple was excited about the 150th anniversary of his newspaper.  The publisher, president and editor …
Jeffrey Schweers / Tallahassee Democrat:
Judge throws out defamation suit against NYT by a professor known for defending genetically modified food, citing “fair report” privilege and public records law  —  A University of Florida horticulture professor known for his scientific defense of genetically modified foods lost …
Simon van Zuylen-Wood / Vanity Fair:
Inside Facebook's content policy team, which is made up of several dozen Facebook engineers, lawyers, and PR people who decide what users can post  —  The company blew it on privacy and fake news.  Can it do better against trolls and racists?  An exclusive embed with Facebook's shadow government.
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
Profile of sports news site Deadspin, which claims 14M monthly visitors on average in 2018, up 18% YoY, as it has evolved into a progressive voice in sports  —  Megan Greenwell, editor in chief of the website Deadspin, stood in front of a giant projection screen one night late last year …
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed News:
Amazon removes at least three anti-vaccination documentaries from Prime Video hours after Rep. Schiff sent letter to Bezos regarding anti-vaccine misinformation  —  Amazon appears to have removed anti-vaccination documentaries from search results on Amazon Prime Video today …
BuzzFeed News:
Fact-checkers in India, including Facebook's fact-checking partners, say they have faced a deluge of misinformation on the tensions between India and Pakistan  —  “There's politics, religion, enemy nations, and a surge of nationalism in this situation.  It's the perfect storm."
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources say Instagram is paying some IGTV creators, but some big influencers stay away due to obstacles like discoverability, monetization, and vertical format  —  Unlike the wildly popular Insta Stories, the social media juggernaut's new extended video service has struggled to capture the zeitgeist …
MediaPost:
Report: New York Media, parent of New York Magazine, The Cut, Vulture, and more, has decided against seeking a buyer after reviewing its options  —  New York Media, the parent company of New York Magazine, decided against seeking a buyer after reviewing its strategic options, Dow Jones Newswires reported.
James Walker / Press Gazette:
EU commissioners say Facebook's, Google's, and Twitter's reports on their fight against disinformation don't give enough information on their results  —  European Union commissioners have accused three tech giants of providing “too little information” in reports on their efforts …
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Jem Aswad / Variety:
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
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