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6:30 PM ET, October 11, 2019


 Top News: 
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News says Shepard Smith is stepping down from his longtime role and leaving the network  —  In a shocking turn of events that stunned the media industry, Fox News anchor Shepard Smith announced his departure from the network after more than 23 years.  —  Smith is one of the faces …
New York Times:
AG William Barr met privately on Wednesday with Rupert Murdoch, whose media holdings include Fox News, which recently has been more critical of Trump
Rich McHugh / Vanity Fair:
Ronan Farrow's producer recounts how NBC news chairman Andrew Lack and news president Noah Oppenheim personally intervened to shut down Weinstein investigation  —  Rich McHugh recounts how top NBC brass, including news chairman Andrew Lack and news president Noah Oppenheim, bowed to Harvey Weinstein to quash the truth.
The Daily Beast:
NBC News President Noah Oppenheim, who allegedly downplayed a rape allegation against Matt Lauer, also penned sexist columns in the Harvard Crimson 20 years ago  —  Decades before allegedly downplaying a rape claim against Matt Lauer, the NBC News head bashed the network for firing a sportscaster who pleaded guilty in a sex case.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
NBC News president has visited seven news orgs to present a rebuttal to Farrow's contention that the network ordered him to stop reporting on Weinstein  —  Unlike most journalists — most human beings — Ronan Farrow can tell you what it's like to be tailed, surveilled and tracked by people with possibly sinister motives.
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
G/O Media's Splinter is shutting down due to insufficient traffic; G/O editorial director says staff will be reallocated but some tweet they've been laid off
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Apple launches an internal studio, allowing it to own its content; the first series will be Masters of the Air, a follow-up to HBO's Band of Brothers  —  ‘Masters of the Air,’ which was originally developed for HBO, will be the third story in the WWII saga from Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
A look at Netflix's kids programming and the creators it has hired to develop family friendly offerings, as it prepares for the gradual loss of Disney content  —  LOS ANGELES — Walk the halls of Netflix Animation, spread across three buildings in the heart of Hollywood …
Dave McMenamin / ESPN:
NBA enacts temporary policy barring media sessions during its games in China; China mandated that NBA commissioner cancel his pregame news conference Thursday  —  SHENZHEN, China — Saturday's game between the Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets is still scheduled to be played to conclude the 2019 China Games.
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Quartz says its website has been blocked in China and its app has been removed from the App Store due to government complaints about its coverage of HK protests
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Profile of PewDiePie covering his relationships with YouTube and mainstream media, as he tries to shed his reputation as a far-right sympathizer  —  The biggest YouTuber in the world has been accused of being a closet white nationalist and even inspiring mass shootings.  He says it's all a misunderstanding.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Liza on Demand episode had 25M views in its first week, record for a YouTube Original debut episode, which YouTube credits to its new ad-supported VOD strategy  —  YouTube claims its new windowing strategy for originals — making them available to watch free, with ads, for everyone — is delivering big audiences just as execs hoped.
Discussion: The Streamable
Wall Street Journal:
Source: NBCUniversal won't air a Trump re-election campaign ad targeting Joe Biden on its cable networks unless changes are made to the spot  —  Commercial, rejected by CNN last week, alleges Democratic candidate promised Ukraine $1 billion to fire prosecutor
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Extinction Rebellion activists blockade BBC's London headquarters, accusing the network of being silent on climate change
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Frank Pallotta / CNN:
Nielsen data shows NFL TV viewership is up around 5% compared to this time last year, attracting an average of about 16M viewers
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Financial Times:
Sources: James Murdoch's holding company Lupa Systems is buying a minority stake in Vice Media Group, valuing the group that now includes Refinery29 at ~$4B
Sara Fischer / Axios:
NYT hires Alex Hardiman as head of product, reporting to the COO; Hardiman has been chief product officer at The Atlantic and head of news product at Facebook