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7:15 AM ET, March 9, 2019


 Top News: 
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Memo: in 2018, BuzzFeed generated $100M+ from business lines that didn't exist in 2017; Facebook video platform revenue grew from $500K in Q1 to $3M in Q4 2018  —  - BuzzFeed CEO Says Company Is Generating Over $200 Million Annually From Businesses That Didn't Exist Two Years Ago
New York Times:
White House Communications Director Bill Shine has resigned to serve as senior adviser on Trump's re-election campaign  —  Bill Shine, the former Fox News executive who joined the White House staff last summer to manage President Trump's communications operation, has resigned and will move …
New York Times:
Sources: Amazon teams up with the NY Yankees, Sinclair Broadcasting, and others in a bid to buy the YES sports network from majority owner 21st Century Fox  —  Amazon is coming to New York — to grab a piece of the Yankees sports network.  —  Jeff Bezos' tech giant has teamed …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
An overview of Amazon's media strategies, which include partnering with channels, expanding sports rights, and connecting content to products it sells  —  - Jeff Bezos gives the Amazon Studios team a massive budget to win “Lord of the Rings” and even sends Echo speakers to the Tolkien estate.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman share content plans for Quibi, their streaming service launching in April 2020, including a show on Evan Spiegel and Snapchat  —  Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman today announced a slate of new series and projects heading to their forthcoming video streaming service, Quibi.
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Former exec of Asian-themed OTT service DramaFever, which shut down in Oct., sues Warner Bros. alleging anti-Asian bias and retaliation amid exec layoffs  —  A former executive at the Asian-themed OTT service DramaFever filed suit on Wednesday, accusing Warner Bros. of laying off Asian-American executives due to bias.
Discussion: Forbes, HuffPost and NBC News
Mia Galuppo / Hollywood Reporter:
In memo, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara apologizes for “personal actions” that embarrassed company and staff after leaked texts show entanglement with actress  —  “I deeply regret that I have made mistakes in my personal life that have caused pain and embarrassment to the people I love the most.
The Conversation:
Australian court case puts media outlets on notice that they could face large compensation claims, after The Age was found liable for a reporter's PTSD  —  A landmark ruling by an Australian court is expected to have international consequences for newsrooms, with media companies on notice …
Alison Weissbrot / AdExchanger:
Product manager says Google is building a podcast app and hopes to surface podcasts in search results by using speech-to-text to understand audio content  —  Google, a sleeping giant in the podcast space, is starting to open its eyes and stretch.  —  Since launching its native podcast app …
Arunabh Saikia /
The editor and the publisher of Shillong Times, NE India's oldest English-language daily newspaper, held guilty of contempt after running story on judges' perks  —  The editor and publisher have been ordered to pay a fine of Rs two lakh each within a week, else they will be imprisoned for six months and the paper banned.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
After YouTube recategorized “Brie Larson”, star of Captain Marvel, as news in search, its algorithm surfaced videos from news publishers, pushing down trolls  —  How a simple ‘news’ tag can change everything  —  If you searched “Brie Larson” on YouTube a couple of days ago …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Serial Box, a digital publisher of serialized fiction that publishes stories in text and audio formats, raises $4.5M in seed funding, led by Boat Rocker Media  —  Serial Box, a startup bringing back the tradition of serialized fiction, has raised $4.5 million in seed funding.
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Harry A. Jessell / TVNewsCheck:
FCC docs: Apollo Global Management's Terrier Media will pay $3.1B for Cox TV/radio stations, combining them with others and owning 77%; Cox keeps minority share
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Former DOJ lead spokesperson Sarah Isgur, who CNN said would be hired as a political editor, says on Twitter that she will be a CNN political analyst instead
Max Willens / Digiday:
NBC News and MSNBC plan to expand their podcasts team; one goal is a podcast focused on the 2020 election, starting out weekly and expanding into a daily show
Jamie Ross / The Daily Beast:
Alfonso Ribeiro withdraws his lawsuit against Epic Games over dance-move emotes in Fortnite after US Copyright Office refused “Carlton Dance” copyright claim
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Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Disney CEO Bob Iger says streaming service Disney+ will include the entire Disney film library soon after launch this year, essentially ending Disney's “vault”
BuzzFeed News:
DHS' inspector general is probing whether officials violated policies by creating a list of journalists and activists to be questioned at the southern border
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
McClatchy reports a $27.5M loss for Q4 on $213M revenue; print ad revenue fell 22% YoY, and digital-only subscribers rose 51% YoY
Discussion: McClatchy Co
Facebook will curb vaccine misinformation by reducing the ranking of anti-vaccine Pages and groups, halting recommendations for those pages, rejecting ads, more
Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
Facebook's shift to more private sharing will make misinformation harder to track and raises questions about the company's liability for its diffusion