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12:30 PM ET, October 4, 2019

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Disney is banning Netflix ads on its networks; it had initially issued a blanket ban on ads from any streamers, but reversed course for all but Netflix  —  Entertainment giants are set to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to promote new streaming services
Andrew Kirell / The Daily Beast:
CNN rejects an ad from the Trump 2020 campaign, saying it fails to meet ad standards because it disparages CNN and its journalists and makes false claims  —  The 30-second spot paints the president as a victim of Democrats and alleged “media lapdogs” like CNN.
Andy Campbell / HuffPost:
HuffPost laid off 11 full-time employees and two contractors in its video department on Thursday, citing new strategy to focus on “high audience engagement”  —  About 11 full-time employees — including five managers — were cut as HuffPost “realigns its video strategy,” the company said.
Discussion: @huffpostunion
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Print magazines and digital media companies are joining forces for more digital scale plus the potential of trusted media brands and premium print products  —  The paper magazine has increasingly become a luxury good, as more publishers jettison titles into digital lifeboats.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
FT launches a six-month fellowship for aspiring black, Asian, and minority ethnic production journalists in memory of sub-editor Maisie Hylton  —  The Financial Times has launched a fellowship for aspiring ethnic minority journalists in memory of “much-loved” sub-editor Maisie Hylton.
Discussion: Creative Access and @ftpressoffice
Brent Lang / Variety:
Elisabeth Murdoch, former 20th Century Fox CEO Stacey Snider, and UK TV producer Jane Featherstone launch Sister, a global content production company  —  Elisabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snider and Jane Featherstone are joining forces to launch Sister, a global production and development company …
Subrat Patnaik / Reuters:
Thomson Reuters buys B2B events specialist FC Business Intelligence, which it will rebrand as Reuters Events and operate as part of the news division  —  (Reuters) - Thomson Reuters Corp (TRI.TO) (TRI.N) said on Friday it had acquired business-to-business events specialist, FC Business Intelligence (FCBI).
Frank Pallotta / CNN:
Sesame Street is moving from HBO to HBO Max in 2020 and will produce five new seasons; as before, it will air for free on PBS Kids after it premieres  —  New York (CNN Business)"Sesame Street" is heading to WarnerMedia's new streaming service, HBO Max.  —  Sesame Workshop …
 
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Ted Johnson / Deadline:
Trump again suggests starting his own global news network, criticizes CNN's international broadcasts, and denigrates Voice of America and Radio Free Europe
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Some BBC staff members challenged managers and demanded an apology for Naga Munchetty, citing unclear impartiality rules after a censure reversal of Munchetty
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
FT says an independent review cleared its journalists of claims of collusion with investors when covering alleged irregularities at the fintech company Wirecard
Discussion: Reuters and Talking Biz News
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Fire TV has no deal yet to carry Disney+ because Amazon is pushing for the right to sell a percentage of the ad inventory on other Disney apps
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Lara O'Reilly / Digiday:
Content recommendation company Taboola has bought rival Outbrain for $250M in cash and 30% equity; Taboola says it will hit $1B in revenue in 2019
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: TheMaven, Sports Illustrated's new operator, is laying off 40+ employees and plans to hire as many as 200 contract workers in the coming months
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vice Media agrees to acquire Refinery29 in a deal expected to close before the end of 2019; source: Vice is issuing mostly stock to Refinery29's shareholders