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4:50 PM ET, September 17, 2019


 Top News: 
Josef Adalian / Vulture:
NBCUniversal says its ad- and subscription-supported streaming service will be called Peacock and will launch in April 2020 with over 15,000 hours of content  —  NBCUniversal's upcoming streaming service finally has a name — Peacock — and a whole bunch of newly announced programming.
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Netflix acquires the global rights to Seinfeld for five years, starting in 2021 when Amazon and Hulu's rights expire; Hulu was paying $150M a year for US rights
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Washington Post announces Zeus Prime, which will sell automated ads across a network of media companies that license its Zeus products  —  The Washington Post on Tuesday will unveil Zeus Prime, a product that will allow companies to buy automated ads in real-time, similar to Big Tech platforms.
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
Cokie Roberts, a pioneering female journalist at NPR and ABC News, has died at 75  —  Toggle more options  —  Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts, who joined an upstart NPR in 1978 and left an indelible imprint on the growing network with her coverage of Washington politics before later going to ABC News, has died.
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
HBO Max secures exclusive five-year streaming rights to The Big Bang Theory in the US, and TBS extends rerun rights to 2028; source says deal is worth ~$600M  —  It is the latest in a string of deals for popular reruns as services battle for content  —  HBO Max, the new direct …
Drew FitzGerald / Wall Street Journal:
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times' The Daily has surpassed one billion downloads since its creation in 2017 and is downloaded 2 million times per day  —  “The Daily” has reached a milestone, one billion downloads since its debut in early 2017.  Lisa Tobin, Theo Balcomb and Michael Barbaro recap some highlights.
Discussion: Axios
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Facebook shares more on its upcoming Oversight Board for content decisions and how members are picked, says decisions will be binding even if Facebook disagrees  —  'The board's decision will be binding, even if I or anyone at Facebook disagrees with it,' says Zuckerberg
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Memo from Jonah Peretti: BuzzFeed is looking to hire a president, a role that has been vacant since 2017, and will be profitable in H2 2019 and all of 2020  —  BuzzFeed is looking to hire a new president, according to an internal memo sent from CEO and co-founder Jonah Peretti to staff on Tuesday, obtained by Axios.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
VENN, a Cheddar-like TV network that wants to mix esports with video game streaming, raises $17M seed fund, plans to launch in 2020  —  Video game industry veterans Ariel Horn and Ben Kusin have raised a massive $17 million seed funding round to launch a new gaming-focused TV network called VENN.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
News aggregation app SmartNews debuts News from All Sides, a feature that lets users see articles about an event from sources across the political spectrum  —  Even before the 2016 election, political polarization was increasing, with Americans so entrenched in the news sources they rely …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Amazon launches Amazon Music HD, offering lossless audio for streaming or downloading, for $14.99/month or $12.99/month for Prime customers  —  RIP Tidal?  —  Amazon is launching a new tier of its music service today, dubbed Amazon Music HD.  It offers lossless versions of audio files …
Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
Researcher finds a phishing site, now taken down, that resembled The Guardian's SecureDrop page and tried to harvest credentials and direct viewers to malware  —  The Guardian's SecureDrop whistleblower submission site was targeted with a phishing page that attempted to harvest the unique …
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Zheping Huang / Bloomberg:
Crypto-exchange giant Binance makes a strategic investment in Chinese crypto media firm Mars Finance, at a post-money valuation of ~$200M
France's leading pay-TV group Canal+ to offer Netflix via its set-top box in an exclusive bundle starting Oct. 15, as its subscriber numbers continue to decline
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and TechCrunch
Sources: Match Group's Tinder has finished filming its first TV series; spokesperson says making shows is part of a larger strategy to be revealed soon
Tavi Gevinson / The Cut:
Founder of the Rookie mag reflects on being an early influencer and the effect that Instagram had on her life and career as Instagram's aesthetic keeps evolving
Joe Otterson / Variety:
SNL says Shane Gillis will not join its cast and that its vetting process was “not up to our standard”, after clips surface of him using racist language
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
A well-reported book offers a thoughtful exploration of the Kavanaugh saga, but its newsworthy information is lost in the furor over a botched NYT excerpt
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
FCC votes 3-2 to approve the $7.1B merger of Nexstar and Tribune Media, 214 days after it was announced, in a deal creating the largest US TV station group
The Guardian apologizes for publishing an editorial that originally said that ex-UK PM David Cameron had only felt “privileged pain” over the death of his son
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Since CJR and The Nation announced Covering Climate Now in July to spur focused climate crisis coverage, over 250 news outlets have committed to the effort