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7:15 PM ET, September 21, 2019

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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.
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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 …
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.
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) …
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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
Discussion: Cord Cutters News
Reuters:
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 and @moisenoise
Patrick Flanary / Quartz:
How Neil Young's reluctance to embrace streaming doomed his company PonoMusic, even as the company helped the industry to adapt high-resolution music  —  Toward the end of music legend Neil Young's recent memoir, he makes an admission: “I was wrong.”  —  The book, To Feel the Music …
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Q&A with Alisyn Camerota about her former employer Fox News' connection to the Trump presidency, how different working at CNN is to working at Fox News, more  —  The ‘New Day’ co-anchor spent 16 years working for the ratings leader, which has informed her commentary during the Trump presidency.
Discussion: Poynter and HuffPost
Bradley Johnson / Ad Age:
Magna forecasts US media net ad revenue to grow 4.1% to $221.6B in 2019 and 6.2% to $235.4B in 2020, expects political ad spending to generate $5B in 2020  —  IPG's Magna raises 2019 U.S. ad projection to 4.1 percent from 3.0 percent  —  What recession?  Magna just raised its ad forecasts for 2019 and 2020.
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 …
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 …
 
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Bloomberg:
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
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