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2:30 AM ET, April 9, 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. …
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 …
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.”
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 …
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 …
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
The Nation's editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel to step down as editor and continue as editorial director, succeeded by editor-at-large D.D. Guttenplan  —  For 24 years, the editor and publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel has been the public face of The Nation, the oldest continuously published weekly in the United States.
Discussion: The Nation and @katrinanation
Lasantha Wickrematunge / BuzzFeed News:
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.
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.
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.
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.
Discussion: @techreview and @niallfirth
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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
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  —  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.
 
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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
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
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
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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
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
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
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”