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11:20 AM ET, October 11, 2019


 Top News: 
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  —  The website's parent company praised the outlet but said it failed to bring in sufficient traffic.  —  Splinter is shutting down.
Meghan Keneally / ABC News:
Ronan Farrow says there were seven NDAs with women at NBC, of which several were with Matt Lauer accusers, years before the Brooke Nevils incident  —  Investigative journalist Ronan Farrow spoke with “Good Morning America” Friday about the stunning revelations from his upcoming book on reporting stories that fueled the #MeToo movement.
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  —  James Murdoch's new holding company has agreed to buy a minority stake in Vice Media Group, according to people briefed on the deal …
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  —  William P. Barr, the attorney general, met privately Wednesday evening with one of President Trump's frequent confidants, Rupert Murdoch …
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
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
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  —  New York (CNN Business)The NFL has so far kept up with a ratings boost that started a season ago.  —  One month into its 2019 season, the league's viewership …
PA Mediapoint / Press Gazette:
Extinction Rebellion activists blockade BBC's London headquarters, accusing the network of being silent on climate change  —  Extinction Rebellion activists have blockaded the BBC's central London headquarters, where the main BBC News studio is based, accusing the corporation of being silent about climate change.
Discussion: Sky News and The Guardian
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
As power goes off for 800,000 to 2M in California, local newspapers have taken down paywalls, but we still need to talk more about paywalls and info amid crises  —  In what would be the world's fifth-largest economy by itself, at least 800,000 but as many as 2 million residents have already lost power …
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Nick Statt / The Verge:
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