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12:10 PM ET, September 6, 2019


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Kamaron Leach / Bloomberg:
Meredith stocks fell 28% Thursday after it issued its forecast for the FY starting in July, for which it predicted $675M adjusted earnings due to merger pains  —  - Time Inc. acquisition has been more difficult than expected  — The earnings Meredith was expecting ‘just...poof! disappeared’
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Crunchyroll, Otter Media's anime streaming-service, has acquired a majority stake in Viz Media Europe, a European distributor and manga publisher  —  Crunchyroll, the anime streaming-service division of WarnerMedia's Otter Media, entered into a pact to become the majority owner of Viz Media Europe …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Patreon CEO Jack Conte says the company is considering providing HR support, capital funding, health insurance, and other services to creators  —  Patreon, the subscription-based fan platform, is eyeing a range of new services to support creators — including potentially providing loans at some point, CEO Jack Conte said.
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Alison Flood / The Guardian:
Amazon blames a “technical error” for shipping ~800 embargoed copies of Margaret Atwood's sequel to The Handmaid's Tale a week early, angering indie booksellers  —  Strict measures meant to keep all details of The Testaments confidential until publication have fallen through for some US readers
Melynda Fuller / MediaPost:
Diane Solway, formerly a features and culture director at W Magazine, is named editor-in-chief at Surface Media, which is owned by Future Media Group  —  Diane Solway is now Surface Media's EIC, effective today, Marc Lotenberg, CEO of Future Media Group, announced.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Report: per RIAA, revenues from streaming up 26% YoY to $4.3B in H1 2019, accounting for ~80% of music industry's overall revenue; paid subscriptions grew 31%  —  Although physical sales are also on the up-and-up  —  More people are streaming music through services like Apple Music and Spotify …
Jane Manchun Wong:
Medium's app code shows the company is working on an Instapaper-like reader app function that would let users save articles from the web to a reading list  —  When Medium was first launched, it stood out among other blogging platforms for its minimalist design.
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Trump Administration has offered up to £75K for an organization to take “influential” UK journalists on a tour of US farms to improve image of US agriculture  —  The US government wants to influence the way British media portrays American meat products, BuzzFeed News has learned.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR names veteran broadcast and cable TV executive John Lansing as its new CEO, to replace Jarl Mohn, starting in mid-October  —  NPR has a new CEO.  John Lansing, a veteran government broadcast and cable television executive, has been selected by NPR's corporate board to succeed its current chief, Jarl Mohn.
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
In a testimony to House committee staffers, 8chan owner Jim Watkins says 8chan “has no intent of deleting constitutionally protected hate speech”  —  The private deposition lasted around four hours  —  Jim Watkins, the owner of 8chan, gave testimony to Congress on Thursday …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
Report: events from media orgs that promote person to person exchange are successful at building empathy for minorities and uniting voters across the spectrum  —  When's the last time you actually talked with someone who was different from you, rather than talked about them?
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Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Dennis Publishing, which acquired Kiplinger Washington Editors in February, has bought social media brand Car Throttle, with clients including Mercedes-Benz
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's Reach, which owns the Mirror, Express, and Star, and 150+ regional titles, is testing micropayments on one regional website, using payments platform Axate
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Katherine Rosman / New York Times:
YouTube launches a fashion vertical, aggregating the platform's fashion content into one place, as it seeks to expand in the industry
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
The YouTube-FTC deal on child privacy violations includes conditions that could depress revenue and views for creators, like removing comments and notifications
Nadezhda Tsydenova / Reuters:
Russian internet firm Yandex and the NHL reach a multi-year agreement to stream all NHL games in Russia, starting with the 2019-2020 season
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The Atlantic reinstates its paywall, starting at $49.99 per year for digital access only; users will be able to access five free articles per month
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Janice Min is leaving Quibi, the short-form video startup run by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman; she joined Quibi about a year ago to lead daily news shows