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2:20 PM ET, September 20, 2019


 Top News: 
Leo Barraclough / Variety:
Viacom joins Britbox, the BBC and ITV joint venture, making Comedy Central's UK productions as well as Channel 5 shows available on the platform  —  Viacom-owned Channel 5 and Comedy Central have joined BritBox, the “best-of-British” subscription streaming service created by the BBC and ITV.
Discussion: Reuters and Broadband TV News
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Stephen Brown has been named editor-in-chief of Politico Europe  —  Stephen Brown has been appointed editor-in-chief of politics and policy news title Politico Europe.  —  The European arm of Politico was launched in 2015 as a joint venture with German publisher Axel Springer.
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Sources: Tinder will release a six-episode choose-your-own-adventure series in October and intends to use viewers' choices to make matches  —  Popular dating app Tinder is set to release a choose-your-own-adventure-style original series in early October, marking its first outing …
Ana Lomtadze / Global Editors Network:
Interview with Google News VP Richard Gingras on the algorithm change to spotlight original reporting, the difficulty of defining the term, raters, and more  —  Google's VP of News explains the wider implications of the new search algorithm.  —  Last week, Google said it had made changes …
Richard Middleton / TBI Vision:
At TV conference, Reed Hastings says Netflix has spent £400M in the UK in 2019 and plans a “big increase” next year  —  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has said the streamer will spend £400m ($500m) on UK programming this year and added that there would be a “big increase” …
Discussion: The Guardian and Reuters
UN report discusses Iran's harassment and persecution of BBC Persian journalists and their families after BBC's formal complaint to UNHRC in February  —  In a report presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva today (19 September 2019), UN assistant secretary-general Andrew Gilmour …
Discussion: Press Gazette
The trial of two Bloomberg journalists, along with 36 other defendants, has begun in Turkey, where they're accused of trying to undermine its economic stability  —  A Turkish court held its first hearing on Friday of a case against two Bloomberg reporters accused of trying to undermine the country's economic stability.
Discussion: Financial Times
Reuters hires Joyce Adeluwoye-Adams as its first newsroom diversity editor  —  Reuters today announced that Joyce Adeluwoye-Adams has been appointed Editor, Newsroom Diversity.  —  Reporting to Simon Robinson, Global Managing Editor, Newsroom, Adeluwoye-Adams will lead Reuters efforts …
Discussion: Press Gazette and Poynter
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Hilary Russ / Reuters:
DAZN reaches distribution deal with Comcast, its first in North America; Xfinity Flex box users will have access to DAZN starting today
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: AT&T is considering parting ways with its DirecTV unit, including spinning it off into a separate public company or combining assets with Dish