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12:55 AM ET, July 26, 2019


 Top News: 
Gideon Resnick / The Daily Beast:
MSNBC, Georgetown, and Our Daily Planet plan to host a climate forum September 19-20, inviting all presidential candidates, which will stream on NBC News Now  —  A portion of the event will be televised on Chris Hayes' primetime MSNBC show.  —  The 2020 Democrats are set …
Kyle Blaine / CNN:
CNN will hold a climate town hall for Democratic presidential candidates on September 4 in New York City  —  (CNN)CNN will host a Democratic presidential town hall in September focused on the climate crisis.  —  The event will take place on Wednesday, September 4, in New York City.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
NBCUniversal to launch its ad-supported streaming platform in April 2020 with the same infrastructure as Sky's, will develop originals tied to its content  —  Comcast units are double down on the content and streaming wars as NBCUniversal plans to launch its advertising-supported streaming platform …
Matthew Rosenberg / New York Times:
Facebook's ad library is so plagued by bugs and technical constraints that researchers say it is effectively useless to adequately track political advertising  —  The social network's new ad library is so flawed, researchers say, that it is effectively useless as a way to track political messaging.
Kevin Draper / New York Times:
Twitter signs an agreement with NBC for 2020 Olympics, to show limited live event coverage, highlights, and a daily 20-minute show  —  Twitter will show some live coverage, highlights and a daily studio show from the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.  —  If you cannot find a television …
Jemele Hill / The Atlantic:
ESPN's naive rule against political commentary forces commentators to ignore the real world, an untenable approach for a journalistic operation and for staff  —  Late last week, the ESPN host Dan Le Batard veered outside the sports network's hard-line stance on avoiding politics on the air.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Source: CNN wants a $300K commitment in advertising before a sponsor can purchase ads during Democratic debate telecasts; spots during debates start at ~$110K  —  TV's latest emerging hit takes all the thrills of a traditional reality competition program and mixes in an awful lot of drama.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
FTC announces a $5B fine against Facebook for repeated privacy violations as part of a settlement that requires federal oversight of its business practices  —  The settlement between the Federal Trade Commission and Facebook ends a 16-month probe that began after revelations of the tech giant's entanglement with Cambridge Analytica
James Walker / Press Gazette:
Paul Dacre says he “bears a heavy responsibility” for the belief that journalism costs nothing because of his role in launching the free Metro and Mail Online  —  Former Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre has said he blames himself for helping create a culture in which news content is given away for free.
Discussion: Spectator
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Parliament members weigh extending UK's Freedom of Information Act to cover private contractors performing public services  —  A Lib Dem peer has pledged to introduce a Private Member's Bill designed to “update and improve” the Freedom of Information Act 2000 if Boris Johnson's government fails …
Discussion: @foiacentre
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Ebony's photo archives are sold for $30M to a group of foundations led by J. Paul Getty Trust; photos will go to Smithsonian, Getty Research Institute, others  —  A consortium of foundations led by the J. Paul Getty Trust is buying the historic Ebony photo archives for $30 million …
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