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9:25 AM ET, July 26, 2019


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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.
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 …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Sources: Long Island newspaper Newsday is offering its employees voluntary buyouts, which they can apply for until August 8  —  PATRICK Dolan's Newsday took staffers by “surprise” Thursday when executives of the largest newspaper on Long Island said it is offering voluntary buyouts, Media Ink has learned.
Kali Hays / WWD:
MPA: Instagram follower growth was 6.3% for 100 magazines in Q2, while Facebook likes for content and Twitter followers for these magazines grew less than 1%  —  Even for politics and news magazines, Instagram is the only platform with significant follower growth so far this year.
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.
Discussion: @bristei and @owillis
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 …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Comcast Q2 earnings beat estimates with Sky accounting for a 23.6% YoY revenue spike; NBCU revenue fell 0.8% to $8.2B, but earnings grew 8.1% YoY to $2.3B
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 …
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.
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