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12:30 AM ET, October 8, 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 …
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Filings: Quartz lost more than $16M on $12M in revenue through the first six months of this year  —  Kevin Delaney co-founded the digital publication in 2012.  —  Kevin Delaney, the editor in chief of Quartz and one of the digital publication's co-founders is stepping down as part of a shake-up of the company's leadership.
Wall Street Journal:
Group Nine has agreed to acquire women's lifestyle publisher PopSugar; sources say the all-stock deal is worth $300M and values Group Nine at more than $600M  —  All-stock deal values women-focused publisher PopSugar at $300 million; follows recent acquisitions involving Vox Media, Vice Media
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
Pema Levy / Mother Jones:
John Solomon, a former columnist at The Hill whose work helped push Ukraine-related conspiracies and was mentioned in whistleblower complaint, joins Fox News  —  For months, opinion columnist John Solomon has played a central role in stoking right-wing conspiracies about Ukraine's role …
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
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.
Hollywood Reporter:
China's censors reportedly scrub South Park clips, episodes, and online discussions from streaming services, social media after critical “Band in China” episode  —  After the “Band in China” episode mocked Hollywood for shaping its content to please the Chinese government …
Financial Times:
Sources: Apple has recently approached big music labels about bundling together Apple Music and Apple TV+ for one flat monthly fee  —  Apple's hopes of creating a super-bundle of media content for one flat monthly fee have run into early opposition, with some record labels nervous …
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.
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Fox and Dish reach a new carriage deal, ending a blackout that began Sept. 26 and caused Thursday Night Football to be pulled from NFL Network on Oct. 3  —  Stations, cable nets restored after being dropped Sept. 26  —  Fox Corp. said it has reached a new carriage agreement with Dish …
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.
Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
ESPN to make a daily sports highlights show for Quibi, expected to debut alongside the platform in April; ESPN will license the content but retain ownership  —  LOS ANGELES — Quibi's latest partner is ESPN.  —  The sports network, part of the Walt Disney Company, has agreed to join the likes …
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The Daily Beast:
RealClear Media, owner of “non-partisan” news site RealClearPolitics, secretly runs a conservative Facebook page with ~800K followers pushing far-right memes
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
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
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Henry Mance / Financial Times:
Interview with the Daily Mail Editor Geordie Greig on changing tack on Brexit, overtaking Murdoch's The Sun, his first year since replacing Paul Dacre, and more
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
A review of results for grantees of the Community Listening and Engagement Fund finds nearly all outlets reported more engagement, most didn't see more revenue