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8:15 PM ET, August 22, 2019


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: News Corp is developing a news-aggregation service called Knewz, to address publisher concerns about Google and Facebook  — will surface articles from hundreds of news sources, using software and human curation  —  News Corp is developing a news-aggregation service meant …
Hugo Balta / National Association …:
National Association of Hispanic Journalists rescinds Fox sponsorship of NAHJ at a convention next month, over anti-Latino comments by radio host Todd Starnes  —  Dear NAHJ Members, Today I am announcing the decision to rescind the invitation of Fox News as a sponsor for NAHJ at the upcoming Excellence …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sarah Huckabee Sanders will join Fox News as a contributor and is expected to make her debut on September 6  —  Sarah Huckabee Sanders, one of the more controversial holders of the office of White House Press Secretary in recent memory, will join Fox News Channel as a contributor.
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
Google research indicates blocking cookies causes news sites to lose an average of 62% of ad revenue, proposes new controls to make it harder to track users  —  Google has planted another user data-privacy flag in the ground.  Today, the tech giant has released a proposal for industry standards around …
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Google says it has shut down 210 YouTube channels after it found they had been tied to misinformation about Hong Kong protesters  —  KEY POINTS  — In a blog post Thursday, Google said it axed more than 200 YouTube channels due to misinformation around Hong Kong protests.
NBC News:
After scrutiny, pro-Trump Facebook ads from The Epoch Times have shifted to multiple Facebook pages with names like Honest Paper, avoiding ad transparency rules  —  By hiding its multimillion-dollar dark money ad spend, the organization is bypassing Facebook's political advertising transparency rules.
Nine ABC News workers react to Sean Spicer's casting on Dancing with the Stars: “It's a slap in the face to those of us who had to deal with his baloney”  —  New York (CNN Business)Tom Bergeron isn't the only person who's unhappy about the casting of Sean Spicer on “Dancing With the Stars.”
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
Krishna Bharat, who led the team that built Google News, returns to the company as a distinguished research scientist after a four-year hiatus  —  KEY POINTS  —  Pedestrians walk past Google headquarters in New York.  —  Krishna Bharat, the inventor of Google News, has returned to the company …
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Tom Wright-Piersanti, an editor on NYT's politics desk, apologizes for offensive tweets from 10 years ago, after Breitbart highlighted the tweets  —  Wright-Persanti says he is “deeply sorry” for the now-deleted messages, which reference Jews  —  Tom Wright-Piersanti …
Tyler Falk / Current:
Alaska's governor signs bill cutting $2.7M from public broadcaster funding; head of Alaska Public Broadcasting Inc. says some stations may not survive long term  —  With a line-item veto to an appropriations bill Monday, Alaska's governor eliminated the state's funding for public broadcasters.
Simon Applebaum / MediaVillage:
Interview with WarnerMedia Innovation Lab's GM Jesse Redniss, as the project prepares to become operational in Manhattan's Chelsea district by March 2020  —  Not so long ago, convergence was the trend getting all buzz in the media universe.  The possibility that any video or non-video content …
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Andrew Carter / Raleigh News & Observer:
A close look at the new ACC Network, created in partnership with ESPN and launching Thursday, on DirecTV, Hulu, PlayStation Vue, YouTube TV, and Spectrum
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Bauer Media 2018: pre-tax profit of £3.7M, down 65% YoY, with revenue of £120M; ad rev fell £5.4M to £38M, while newsstand and subscription rev fell £3M to £72M
Peter White / Deadline:
YouTube EMEA's head of originals says it is not looking for scripted projects amid a pullback from scripted content in the US, which cut three such shows
 Earlier Picks: 
Jeremy Gordon / Columbia Journalism Review:
Music journalism is becoming more repetitive and less revelatory, as outlets run profiles from the same pool of artists with a diminishing amount of access
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Eminem's publisher Eight Mile Style sues Spotify claiming copyright infringement, challenges the constitutionality of the Music Modernization Act passed in 2018
Ethan Zuckerman / My heart's in Accra:
Ethan Zuckerman, director of the MIT Center for Civic Media, says he plans to leave the MIT Media Lab in May 2020 due to the lab's ties to Jeffrey Epstein