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6:20 PM ET, October 12, 2019

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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.
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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 …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
With Shepard Smith gone, Fox News will have less of a balance to point to when asked to defend its primetime excesses, but its bottom line will be just fine  —  Analysis: Fox News' stick-to-the-facts anchor didn't always please the faithful.  And that's how the network makes its money
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.
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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
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
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 …
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.
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 …
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  —  Investigative journalist Thomas Peele remembers the day he learned that he and fellow reporters at the East Bay Times …
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
LadBible says it is rebranding Pretty 42, its female-focused spinoff launched in 2017, as Tyla due to low brand awareness  —  LadBible made its name with Facebook fare of prank-meets-entertainment videos, like this guy getting squirted in the face with pepper spray and this on America's fattest bear.
Dani Deahl / The Verge:
Music streamer Audius is built on blockchain, introducing issues regarding removing infringing material, which has proliferated, and identifying its hosts  —  New startup Audius says its blockchain-based music streaming service is the solution that finally pays attention to indie artists' needs.
Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
In email, G/O's editorial director tells staff he sees no reason for them to cover Splinter's shutdown and that any post about it will need his approval  —  The editorial director of G/O Media told top editors not to publish anything about the news and opinion site being shut down.
 
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