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9:30 AM ET, March 7, 2019

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NBC 7 San Diego:
Leaked documents show the US government is closely monitoring journalists and immigration advocates tied to the 2018 migrant caravan  —  The documents detail an intelligence-gathering effort by the United States and Mexican authorities, targeting more than 50 people including journalists, an attorney, and immigration advocates
Hollywood Reporter:
Leaked texts and sources reveal a three-year entanglement between Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara and an actress seeking roles; WarnerMedia will investigate  —  Hundreds of leaked text messages between Kevin Tsujihara, actress Charlotte Kirk and partners Brett Ratner and James Packer show …
Chris Krewson / Spirited Media:
Spirited Media has sold Denverite to Colorado Public Radio and is in talks with buyers to sell Philadelphia's Billy Penn and Pittsburgh's The Incline  —  Spirited Media has reached an agreement to sell Denverite to Colorado Public Radio, and the news organization will operate under new management as of March 11th.
John Keefe / Nieman Lab:
Civil's new process for buying CVL tokens, which launched Wednesday, is simpler than its previous system, but it still requires many steps  —  Five months after its failed token sale, Civil is back with a revised, streamlined process.  If you're not an experienced cryptocurrency trader, though, it'll still take you a while.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comedy Central has launched its first YouTube channel for original content, Comedy Central Originals, starting with five new shows  —  Comedy Central is stepping on the gas in its digital-entertainment drive with the launch of its first YouTube channel for originals.
Discussion: Tubefilter
Recode:
Interview with Laurene Powell Jobs on investing in nonprofit and for-profit media, including a VR production about a border crossing into the US from Mexico  —  Powell Jobs founded the Emerson Collective, which owns Pop-Up Magazine and has a majority stake in the Atlantic.
Discussion: 9to5Mac
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The DNC says it has decided to exclude Fox News from any of its televised candidate debates in 2019-2020, citing revelations in the recent New Yorker article  —  The Democratic National Committee has decided to exclude Fox News Channel from televising any of its candidate debates during …
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Reuters:
European Commission accepts commitments by NBCU, Sony, Warner, and Sky that will allow non-UK EU consumers to subscribe to and access Sky UK content  —  The European Commission has accepted commitments offered by top Hollywood film studios and Sky UK on their pay TV services …
Discussion: Financial Times and EU Press Room
Variety:
Sources: across 21st Century Fox, employees are worried about how Disney deal will impact them: with ~4000 layoffs expected, uncertainty over projects, more  —  There's a lot of fear in the offices that comprise Rupert Murdoch's and Bob Iger's media empires.
Matt Lopez / The Wrap:
SiriusXM is creating a content team at Pandora, led by SiriusXM's Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein, which will develop original audio content  —  Satellite radio company SiriusXM announced the creation of a Pandora Media content team Wednesday morning.
Discussion: MediaPost
 
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK regulator Ofcom is conducting a review of the BBC's online news offering, following criticisms from tabloid bosses about its output
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Disney CEO Bob Iger may have to resign his board seat at Apple, as both companies become competitors in the streaming space
Laura Wagner / Deadspin:
ESPN continues to hire pundits who work for the sports teams they cover, as the line between editorial and business erodes across the sports media
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