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12:00 PM ET, September 21, 2019


 Top News: 
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
YouTube reverses course, says channels with verification badges will keep them without appeal and channels that reach 100k subs can still apply for verification  —  A day after announcing significant changes to its verification program, YouTube announced Friday afternoon that it won't be de-verifying existing creators after all.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube CEO apologizes to creators and users over the company's decision to revoke verification statuses and says it is working to address creator concerns  —  Updates are expected to come  —  YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has just apologized to the creator community over the company's decision …
Andrew Bucholtz / Awful Announcing:
AT&T and Sinclair talks continue over carriage of Tennis Channel and local stations in 86 markets, on U-verse, DirecTV, AT&T TV Now; next deadline is Sept. 27  —  There have been plenty of carriage disputes involving AT&T recently, including ones with CBS and Nexstar (resolved) …
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Disney and AT&T reach a deal that will keep ABC, ESPN, The Disney Channel, and more on DirecTV, U-verse, and AT&T TV Now  —  The Walt Disney Co. reached an agreement in principle on a new retransmission consent and carriage deal with AT&T that would keep networks including ABC …
Discussion: Cord Cutters News
Hadas Gold / CNN:
Twitter suspends account of a former Saudi royal court adviser suspected of involvement in Khashoggi murder and six accounts linked to Saudi state media  —  London (CNN Business)Twitter has suspended or removed thousands of accounts linked to governments in the Middle East …
Reuters announces collaboration with Amazon to deliver its news content to Alexa to help answer Amazon customer questions  —  Reuters, the world's largest multimedia news provider, announced today that it is collaborating with Amazon to deliver trusted news content to help Alexa answer even more customer questions.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Ann-Christine Diaz / Ad Age:
A former chief creative officer of The Martin Agency is suing Adweek, a former editor, and the anonymous Instagram account Diet Madison Avenue for defamation  —  Suit seeks $25 million; attorney says plaintiff plans to also take legal action against his former employer and parent Interpublic Group
Discussion: MediaPost and @moorehn
William Zheng / South China Morning Post:
Chinese state media reporters will have to pass an exam testing knowledge of President Xi's philosophy to get press cards; ~10K to take pilot exams in October  —  About 10,000 reporters and editors in Beijing are expected to take ‘pilot tests’ next month using Xuexi Qiangguo mobile app Nationwide exams …
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
MailOnline tests digital identifiers of non-profit DigiTrust and universal ID service ID5 to replace 3rd-party cookies, sees Safari CPMs increase 30% since June  —  MailOnline has begun to experiment with alternative ways to target Apple Safari users outside of the third-party cookie.
Discussion: @baekdal
Chris Welch / The Verge:
TiVo confirms it is planning to place pre-roll video ads before DVR recordings for all customers, even those with a lifetime subscription plan  —  Rolling out to TiVo's current devices over the next 90 days  —  So much for it being an early, experimental test.
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” …
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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
Discussion: Financial Times
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Stephen Brown has been named editor-in-chief of Politico Europe
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
Discussion: Reuters and Broadband TV News