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10:00 PM ET, October 15, 2019


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / CNN:
ProPublica and The Texas Tribune are creating a joint investigative reporting team of 11 people, with a 5-year commitment funded by $5.75M via Arnold Ventures  —  New York (CNN Business)ProPublica is widely thought to be the gold standard of nonprofit investigative journalism.
Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Shari Redstone is exploring a plan to launch a Fox News competitor and has spoken with current and former Fox News personalities, including Megyn Kelly  —  The mogul, who has spoken with former Fox News star Megyn Kelly, may look to rebrand an existing Viacom linear channel to create a conservative-leaning news network.
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter to restrict user interactions with world leaders' tweets that violate its rules, will let users quote-tweet, but not retweet, like, reply, or share  —  Twitter said it will restrict how users can interact with tweets from world leaders who break its rules.
BuzzFeed News:
As Facebook says politicians can lie in ads, so far in October it has banned 160+ ads from Trump, Biden, Warren, Sanders, Steyer for profanity and fake buttons  —  Last week, Facebook announced that it would allow political candidates to lie in ads posted to its platform …
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Ronan Farrow alleges that Dylan Howard, then-EIC of National Enquirer, ordered a staff member to shred sensitive Trump-related documents in early November 2016
Jackie Strause / Hollywood Reporter:
In a memo to staff, NBC News president pushes back against Catch and Kill, says “there is no evidence of any reports of Lauer's misconduct before his firing”
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
On The Vergecast, Twitter Product Lead Kayvon Beykpour says they are exploring “a form of ephemerality” to avoid the risk of old stigmatizing tweets resurfacing  —  “These are some of the biggest reasons why people don't tweet.  Which is why we actually take this very seriously."
August Graham /
UK's Telegraph Media Group reports a 61%+ fall in operating profits YoY to £8.1M in 2018 even as subscription revenue rose 10% YoY, making up 54% of revenue  —  Telegraph Media Group revenues fell by 2.7% last year to £278.1 million.  —  The owner of the Daily Telegraph …
Max Willens / Digiday:
The most recent version of Apple's Safari browser prevents sites from detecting when users are using private browsing, following in Chrome's footsteps  —  Publishers have discovered a new, Apple-shaped hole in their metered paywalls.  —  The most recent version of Apple's Safari browser …
Discussion: @elanazak
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
About 20 staff members at Reach face layoffs as the UK company integrates teams after its buyout of Express and Star  —  Some 20 staff are facing redundancy at Reach as the news group continues to integrate teams following its buyout of the Express and Star titles.
Press Gazette:
Head of the marketing arm of UK national news brands: ~19M people read newspapers online daily, a 14% rise YoY, but ad spend on news brands to rise 1.1% in 2019  —  The UK's daily digital news readership has grown by 2m on last year, yet the advertising revenue to fund it still isn't following that growth …
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
A look at the investments made by TPG Capital, arguably the premier private investor in media and entertainment, in Vice, CAA, and STX Entertainment  —  The private equity firm backs CAA, Vice, Spotify, STX and even Cirque du Soleil, a massive bet on diverse entertainment holdings.
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
TV Time, whose app provides user-reported data about TV and movie engagement, acquires Mediamorph, a provider of content distribution and tracking services
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
TiVo's ad-supported Roku Channel equivalent TiVo+ is launching today, available exclusively to TiVo device owners
Discussion: Light Reading
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
eMarketer: Google will take 37.2%, or $48.05B, of all US digital ad spend this year, down from 38.2% in 2018, while Amazon will take 8.8%, up from 6.8% in 2018
Discussion: Adweek and Ad Age
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News Media president says Shepard Smith's timeslot will be filled next year, with current news anchors doing stints to replace him in the meantime
 Earlier Picks: 
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Entercom's launches Rewind feature, which will allow listeners to pause, rewind, and fast-forward live radio via its online player and app
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Fox Sports is creating highlight packages and exclusive interactive shows for Facebook Watch focused on football, soccer, and sports betting
Discussion: Fox Sports
Alison Flood / The Guardian:
The 2019 Booker Prize jointly shared by Margaret Atwood, the oldest winner at 79, and Bernardine Evaristo, the first black woman awardee, in its 50-year history
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
If Trump doesn't condone violence against journalists, he should stop inspiring it
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
ABC News pulls and apologizes for airing a video that was meant to show Turkey bombing Kurds, but seems to have been made in 2017 in Kentucky