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4:05 PM ET, October 7, 2019


 Top News: 
Sara Jerde / Adweek:
Quartz to search for new editor-in-chief as Kevin Delaney steps down; co-founder Zach Seward to replace Delaney and Jay Lauf as CEO, Katie Weber named president  —  Kevin Delaney is leaving the business media organization  —  Quartz co-CEO and editor in chief Kevin Delaney …
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
NBC Entertainment co-chairman George Cheeks shifts to vice chairman of NBCUniversal Content Studios in major restructure, leaving Paul Telegdy as sole chairman  —  NBCUniversal is making sweeping changes, restructuring its broadcast, studio and digital operations and assigning new roles …
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Matt Strauss to run NBCU's Peacock, replacing Bonnie Hammer, who now oversees Content Studios, a consolidation of Universal TV and Universal Content Productions  —  Comcast's Matt Strauss will take over as the head of the streamer, while George Cheeks moves to become vice chair at the studios …
Ronan Farrow / New Yorker:
First excerpt from Ronan Farrow's Catch and Kill describes how private investigators working for Harvey Weinstein surveilled Farrow and NYT's Jodi Kantor  —  How two operatives tasked with surveilling reporters became embroiled in an international plot to suppress sexual-assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein.
Jane Mayer / New Yorker:
How rumors about Biden and Ukraine began with a dark-money group and a Peter Schweizer book before hitting Fox News, mirroring the path of Clinton Cash theories  —  How a conservative dark-money group that targeted Hillary Clinton in 2016 spread the discredited story that may lead to Donald Trump's impeachment.
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Facebook agrees to pay $40M in proposed settlement with several advertising agencies that claimed the company misstated video metrics by 150-900%  —  Advertisers would collect the bulk of the money after alleging Facebook inflated the average time users viewed video on the platform.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
As interviews get more insistent, the White House isn't sending their usual representatives to Sunday shows, instead seeking to get their message out via ads  —  On Sunday's “Meet the Press,” NBC News moderator Chuck Todd was insistent.  —  He had asked Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) …
Discussion: @stuartemmrich
Li Yuan / New York Times:
How China is using social media and films to stir patriotism and get communist party propaganda enthusiastically embraced by young people  —  Leveraging celebrities, the know-how of tech companies and images built for social media, the Communist Party can effectively stir patriotism among the youth.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
FreeTime Unlimited, Amazon's subscription service with curated content for kids that starts at $2.99 per month for Prime users, launches on Fire TV  —  Amazon is bringing its Freetime kids service to Fire TV, starting with its Fire TV stick devices: The app allows parents to set age limits …
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Streamable
Lisa Bonos / Washington Post:
Tinder debuts Swipe Night, a choose-your-own adventure series inside its app with weekly episodes, and hopes to match users based on their in-game choices  —  Dating apps are often compared to bars where everyone is single.  Now one of the biggest, Tinder, is literally casting itself as a party where all your friends are gathered.
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