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8:00 PM ET, April 8, 2019


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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  —  Private-equity firm Great Hill Partners has agreed to acquire Gizmodo Media Group from Univision Communications Inc. …
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.”
Discussion: Newsweek and @brianstelter
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  —  In the waning hours of Georgia's legislative session, between votes on sex trafficking and organ procurement …
Mark Murray / NBC News:
Poll: 69% of Americans use social media at least once a day, 82% believe it wastes their time, 55% think it spreads lies and falsehoods, 57% say “it divides us”  —  A sizable majority say social media does more to divide the country than unite it, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.
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.
UK whitepaper proposes “code of best practice” for how internet platforms should deal with harmful content, suggests expanding liability to tech company execs
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
A look at Facebook's “Today In” feature that only ~1.1M users have opted into so far and which is mostly surfacing crime and courts news  —  Our analysis of the links 10 cities saw in Facebook's local news section found funeral home obituaries, years-old stories, and yes, some meaningful local journalism.
Discussion: @jbenton, @ewerickson and @dkiesow
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  —  NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Lawrence Bartley, who spent 27 years in state prison, about why he's creating …
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Sources: Megyn Kelly is planning a comeback following her departure from NBC News and is currently considering her options, including podcasts  —  Megyn Kelly's antipathy towards Donald Trump may torpedo a return to right wing media—while the NBC ‘blackface’ controversy may prevent her from rejoining the media mainstream.
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  —  In 2015, Shamima Begum left her family home in London to run away to Syria and join the Islamic State.  She was 15, and still in school.
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren is to host a nightly show, airing on local news company Gray Television's 93 television stations from September  —  Former Fox News host Greta Van Susteren will return to television with a new syndicated show on local news giant Gray Television, the company announced on Monday.
Democratic presidential candidates are divided on whether or not to appear on Fox News, with Pete Buttigieg among others appearing on the network's shows  —  Some Democratic candidates for president are adding Fox News to their campaign stops as the primary battle heats up, hoping to reach as many potential voters as possible.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Viacom's ad-supported streaming service Pluto TV has signed a content deal with BBC Studios and now has 15M MAUs, up 3M from January  —  Free streaming platform now has over 15 million unique monthly active users, up from 12 million in January  — Viacom's Pluto TV Inks BBC Studios Deal …
Discussion: The Wrap and MediaPost
Arielle Pardes / Wired:
Founder of Change My View subreddit, which has 700K+ subscribers, launches Change A View, a site with paid moderators and some funding from Alphabet's Jigsaw  —  A FEW MONTHS shy of his high school graduation, Kal Turnbull came to a realization: Conversations on the internet are broken.
Discussion: 9to5Google and Engadget
Lynne Marek / Crain's Chicago Business:
How Johnson Publishing, once the most powerful African-American company in the US and owner of iconic magazines Jet and Ebony, fell into decline  —  Johnson Publishing was once the most powerful African-American company in the country, but now its iconic magazines Ebony and Jet have been sold …
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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
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
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
MTV names former Bleacher Report president Rory Brown to the newly created position of Head of Digital and Social for MTV and other networks
James Walker / Press Gazette:
Google's DNI Fund backs Noteworthy, a platform from Irish news site The Journal, which will crowdfund investigation ideas and then ask the public to fund them
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Paul Caruana Galizia / Tortoise:
Paul Caruana Galizia, son of murdered investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, says the Maltese government is blocking a public inquiry into her death