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5:25 PM ET, October 4, 2019


 Top News: 
Documents and interviews show TheMaven's plans for Sports Illustrated: building “team communities”, or content farms, run by third parties using low-paid labor  —  Now that Sports Illustrated's three owners, Meredith Corp., Authentic Brands Group, and TheMaven …
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
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
Defense One:
A Customs and Border Protection agent repeatedly asked a Defense One journalist, “You write propaganda, right?” during re-entry screening at Dulles airport  —  Repeating “You write propaganda, right?”, officer held passport until he received an affirmative answer.
Tom Burt / Microsoft on the Issues:
Microsoft: Iran-linked group attempted to hack 241 accounts belonging to a 2020 presidential campaign, journalists covering global politics, more  —  Tom Burt - Corporate Vice President, Customer Security & Trust  —  Today we're sharing that we've recently seen significant cyber activity …
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
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.
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).
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 …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Sky News launched its first livestream on Twitch this week, joining publishers like Washington Post, BuzzFeed, and Cheddar  —  Sky News is looking for new, younger viewers on Twitch, the Amazon-owned livestreaming platform.  —  Hunger for new and younger viewers is what's propelling …
The Guardian:
Prince Harry files a legal claim against the owners of the Sun and the Daily Mirror over alleged phone hacking  —  Royal continues fight with UK newspapers after attacking treatment of his wife, Meghan  —  Prince Harry has issued legal proceedings against the owners of the Sun and the Daily Mirror …
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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
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
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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
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
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