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11:25 AM ET, April 9, 2019

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Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
After suing Twitter, Rep. Devin Nunes is suing McClatchy and others for alleged defamation, referring to a McClatchy-owned Fresno Bee article, seeks $150M  —  Congressman Devin Nunes is filing another lawsuit.  —  Following the lawsuit he filed last month against Twitter, Liz Mair …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Subscription-based sports site The Athletic is launching 20 ad-free podcasts across its app and website on Tuesday, produced by 12 new hires  —  The Athletic, a subscription-based digital sports media company, is launching a multi-million dollar podcasting business.
Wendy Davis / MediaPost:
Major ad industry associations, including ANA and IAB, are launching Privacy for America, a new lobby group that will advocate for a federal data privacy law  —  A group of major ad industry associations is launching a new organization, Privacy for America, that aims to shape federal privacy laws.
Discussion: AList
Kelly McCarthy / ABC News:
ABC News producer Alexa Valiente passed away over the weekend at the age of 27  —  She will be remembered for her bright personality and infectious love of life.  —  Alexa Valiente, a producer for ABC News for six years, passed away over the weekend.  —  Valiente, who had been facing health issues …
William D. Cohan / Vanity Fair:
Sources: CBS is struggling to recruit a CEO, as potential candidates are wary of the Redstones and the company's culture; Richard Plepler turned down the job  —  Plepler is a no. Katzenberg is a no. Ianniello wants to stay—but he's a Moonves guy.  Will an A-lister come to clean up Redstone's mess?
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Magna Global: OTT-based advertising reached $2.7B in revenue in 2018, up 54% YoY, and is expected to grow 39% in 2019 to $3.8B and 31% in 2020 to $5B  —  Disney, WarnerMedia and other media giants are going “direct to consumer” with new subscription streaming services.
Discussion: Fast Company
Carolyn Giardina / Hollywood Reporter:
NAB CEO Gordon Smith has called on tech companies including Apple to embed broadcast chips in smartphones to enable broadcasting without a cell network  —  Gordon Smith called on lawmakers to address the “threat” to local journalism by tech companies by “increas[ing] regulation on the tech industry …
Nieman Foundation:
Mother Jones CEO Monika Bauerlein and Editor-in-Chief Clara Jeffery have been awarded the 2019 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence  —  In recognition of their enduring support of investigative reporting and independent journalists, Monika Bauerlein and Clara Jeffery of Mother Jones magazine …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Press Association says eight regional news companies have signed up to its robot-powered news service, Radar, which has filed 100K stories since June 2018  —  Eight regional news providers have signed up as the first paying subscribers to the Press Association's “robot-generated” news service.
Discussion: @puzzlesthewill
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Joseph Azam, who resigned from News Corp in late 2017, says other employees were also troubled by Fox News' rhetoric  —  New York (CNN Business)Joseph Azam joined Rupert Murdoch's News Corp in 2015.  He says he loved working there.  But after the presidential election, he noticed a disturbing “change in tone.”
Associated Press:
US State Department designates 16 people for their roles in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, making them and their family members ineligible for entry to the US  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. State Department on Monday publicly designated 16 people for their roles in the killing …
Louise Story / Nieman Lab:
The Wall Street Journal has redesigned its comments section, renaming it “Conversations”, in an attempt to engage readers who do not comment often  —  Our readers this week will see a lot of changes built around the goal of elevating the quality of community discourse on WSJ.com.
Discussion: @ismaelnafria and @laurahazardowen
James Ball / MIT Technology Review:
Some fear the sweeping nature of UK's proposal to combine work done by 8+ regulators into a new “super-regulator” with the power to block online platforms, more  —  Technology giants will be forced to have a “duty of care” for their users, if a proposal announced by the government on Monday becomes law.
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BBC:
UK whitepaper proposes “code of best practice” for how internet platforms should deal with harmful content, suggests expanding liability to tech company execs
 
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Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
Profile of CarpeDonktum, a stay-at-home dad posting highly popular pro-Trump memes and blurring the lines between viral trolling and the business of politics
Lasantha Wickrematunge / BuzzFeed News:
“When finally I am killed, it will be the government that kills me”: the final column of Sri Lankan journalist Lasantha Wickrematunge, murdered in January 2009
Amanda Darrach / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of Ruth Sherlock, an NPR correspondent in the Middle East, on covering the ISIS beat amid tabloid sensationalism from other corners of the media
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Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
A look at Facebook's “Today In” feature which only ~1.1M users have opted into so far and which is mostly surfacing crime and courts news
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Liberty Puerto Rico and NBCUniversal Media reached an agreement, ending the weekend blackout of the local Telemundo station and 13 cable channels
NPR:
Q&A with Lawrence Bartley, the ex-prisoner and Marshall Project staffer behind News Inside, a print publication which has been distributed to 30 prisons so far
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Groups representing producers, filmmakers, and other content creators have urged the FTC against introducing privacy regulations similar to the EU's GDPR
Stephen Fowler / Columbia Journalism Review:
Georgia's proposed Ethics in Journalism Act would compel reporters to hand over audio and video recordings and photos free of charge to interviewees when asked
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Private equity firm Great Hill Partners has agreed to acquire Gizmodo Media Group from Univision, forming a new company led by digital media exec Jim Spanfeller