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7:30 AM ET, June 21, 2019


 Top News: 
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
In a report, the ICO, UK's data protection regulator, says the real time bidding ad industry is undermining GDPR and failing to protect sensitive personal data  —  The online behavioural advertising industry is illegally profiling Internet users.  —  That's the damning assessment …
Ashley Rodriguez / Business Insider:
A CBS-Viacom merger would bolster both to compete with Netflix and Disney, but saddles CBS with networks like Nickelodeon, which lost ~30% of viewers in 2018  —  - After 13 years apart, CBS is preparing a bid to buy its sister company, Viacom, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday.
Discussion: @ashleyrreports and @lmoses
A.G. Sulzberger / Wall Street Journal:
Trump's new rhetorical attack, accusing the NYT of “a virtual act of treason”, crosses a dangerous line in his campaign against a free and independent press
Aditi Sangal / Digiday:
Interview with Sarah Personette, Twitter's VP of global client solutions, on brand safety, election integrity, and the company's openness to more regulation  —  In the last year, Twitter and Facebook have been scrutinized for the lack of brand-safe environments for advertisers.
Discussion: @jason_kint
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
A look at Pico, a CRM for media companies that manages and stores payments, aggregates engagement, and which has raised $4.5M from Axel Springer and others  —  “They said: 'We don't have a CRM.  We have a plugin that manages who's paid, and we have Mailchimp to email people.' Honestly …
Discussion: Strange Attractor
Aaron Freedman / American Prospect:
A look at how Koch funding is fueling the “free speech warriors” like Jordan Peterson who want free speech for the right and censorship of those on the left  —  Charles Koch speaks in his office at Koch Industries in Wichita, Kansas.  —  There is a war on free speech, and the front lines are YouTube ads.
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
Branded content project: among nearly 40 local news organizations, 23.1% generated $10K-$100K, 20.5% generated $1M-$5M in 2018 from branded content  —  The Local Media Consortium and Local Media Association recently announced results from their first Branded Content Project …
Olivier Holmey / Nieman Lab:
Three-year-old French news site Les Jours serializes the news, breaking long-form investigative stories down into accessible, nail-biting episodes  —  “Serial” isn't just a podcast: It's also the format hook Les Jours uses to bring some of the lessons of drama to long-form investigative reporting.
Discussion: @dw_grant and @jbenton
Stephen Gregory / The Epoch Times:
The Epoch Times publisher says NBC reporters have been asking “inappropriate” questions of staff about the publication's Trump coverage and ties to Falun Gong  —  Last week, we were contacted by two NBC reporters who posed a series of highly inappropriate questions.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
WGA stops negotiations with the Association of Talent Agents, in favor of individual talks with top nine agencies as it seeks a ban on packaging fees for agents  —  The Writers Guild of America has called off negotiations with the Association of Talent Agents in favor of pursuing individual talks …
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Marc Malkin / Variety:
Film and television critics associations form a coalition, Critics Groups for Equality in Media, to foster greater diversity in entertainment journalism
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
News sites across the political spectrum, from the Daily Caller to AlterNet, form the Digital News Alliance, an ad network to target politically engaged readers
Mike Farrell / Multichannel News:
Fuse Media to exit Chapter 11 in the coming weeks after a federal court approves its bankruptcy exit plan, which includes reducing debt by ~$200M
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Twitter disabling location data for tweets is a win for privacy but a loss for journalists, researchers as it helped find eyewitnesses and track disinformation