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8:50 AM ET, October 12, 2019


 Top News: 
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News says Shepard Smith is stepping down from his longtime role as chief news anchor 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.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Source: Shepard Smith asked Fox News management in September to let him out of his contract; tensions with pro-Trump opinion shows were the breaking point  —  New York (CNN Buiness)Last month Shep Smith decided that he had simply had enough.  —  With President Trump actively distorting …
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.
BuzzFeed News:
Sources: in early 2018, Eddy Cue and Morgan Wandell, Apple's international TV lead, asked some Apple TV+ show creators to avoid portraying China in a poor light  —  We thought trade would bring Western values to China.  Instead, it brought Chinese values to Apple.
Brian Fung / CNN:
Elizabeth Warren targets Facebook's ad policy of exempting ads by politicians from third-party fact-checking by running a Facebook ad with a clear falsehood  —  Zuckerberg says legal battles during a Warren presidency would ‘suck’  —  (CNN)A fresh series of Facebook ads this week …
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 …
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
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 …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
How local papers in a Brazil state were made docile via “media capture”, where around 40% of journalists leaving the papers were hired by local governments  —  A strategy of “capturing the main professionals from the newspapers, in their respective fields of work …
Columbia Journalism Review:
While tech journalists recently have embraced a watchdog role, they could be even more useful by focusing on solutions rather than palace intrigue and villains  —  In March, when Mark Zuckerberg called for new regulations on internet companies, journalists rightly covered the move with skepticism.
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Julie Reynolds / The Intercept:
Alden Global Capital's Digital First Media, which has sold off newspaper real estate and centralized print design, is outsourcing news design to the Philippines
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
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
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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
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