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1:25 PM ET, October 15, 2019

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August Graham / Independent.ie:
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 …
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  —  American Media Inc. and the National Enquirer shredded sensitive Donald Trump-related documents that had been held …
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  —  Shepard Smith has left the Fox News building, but his hour will remain staffed by employees from the network' news division.
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New York Times:
How Trump is cajoling and bullying his closest media ally Fox News as a total-loyalty litmus test, even as impeachment ups the stakes
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  —  Google dominates the search ad market today, but eMarketer's latest forecast shows that within the next two years, Google's revenue share will fall and Amazon's will rise.
Discussion: Adweek and Ad Age
Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Fox Sports is creating highlight packages and exclusive interactive shows for Facebook Watch focused on football, soccer, and sports betting  —  ESPN isn't the only big broadcaster committing to exclusive sports shows on Facebook Watch.  Fox Sports is teaming up with Facebook …
Discussion: Fox Sports
Francesca Tripodi / Wired:
By using SEO terms like “crisis actor” gamed by right-wing media pubs, conservatives populate search results with unsubstantiated and conspiratorial views  —  Opinion: From “crisis actor” to “collusion hoax,” conservatives use SEO terms gamed by right-wing media outlets, propelling a polarized internet.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Entercom's Radio.com launches Rewind feature, which will allow listeners to pause, rewind, and fast-forward live radio via its online player and app  —  Radio broadcaster Entercom Communications is hoping to expand listenership of its live programming by bringing TiVo-like functionality to its Radio.com platform.
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  —  Judging panel break rules in choosing The Testaments and Girl, Woman, Other as joint winners  —  Play Video
Sara Fischer / Axios:
ESPN debuts Cover Story as a successor to its magazine, a monthly feature that will air on SportsCenter and be prominently displayed on its apps and homepage  —  With the death of ESPN Magazine comes the birth of ESPN's “Cover Story,” a 21st century version of a magazine cover story …
Discussion: @axios
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 …
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  —  TV Time, whose app provides user-reported data about TV and movie engagement, has acquired Mediamorph, a provider of entertainment content distribution and tracking services.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
If Trump doesn't condone violence against journalists, he should stop inspiring it  —  I'll never forget the moment, while covering the Republican National Convention in 2016, that I saw the T-shirt:  —  “Rope.  Tree.  Journalist.  Some Assembly Required,” it read in bold letters.
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New York Times:
Conference attendees at a Trump resort in Miami were shown a video of a fake Trump killing news media and political opponents in a church
 
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
TiVo's ad-supported Roku Channel equivalent TiVo+ is launching today, available exclusively to TiVo device owners
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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
Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Sources: Zuckerberg recently hosted off-the-record dinners with conservative figures like Tucker Carlson and Lindsey Graham to discuss free speech, partnerships
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”