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6:50 PM ET, October 18, 2019


 Top News: 
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CNN calls a threatened lawsuit from Trump lawyer Charles Harder a “desperate PR stunt”; Harder's letter cited the Lanham Act, which deals mainly with trademarks  —  An attorney for President Donald Trump has sent a letter to CNN that threatens to sue the AT&T-owned cable-news network …
A.J. Katz / TVNewser:
In a letter to Comcast, Gretchen Carlson, Megyn Kelly, and others call for an outside investigation into allegations about NBC News in Catch and Kill  —  A number of former Fox and NBC Newsers have signed a letter meant for Comcast CEO Brian Roberts asking that the company open a new investigation …
Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times:
Quibi partners with T-Mobile, which will make the platform part of its offering, giving Quibi a broad distribution platform ahead of its April launch  —  Telecommunications giant T-Mobile has agreed to partner with Quibi, a Hollywood start-up that plans to distribute bite-size entertainment designed for millennials.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
A comparison of how NYT and NBC edited Harvey Weinstein stories, and a look at one obscure legal worry by NBC execs about persuading women to break NDAs  —  When reporters tilted at allegations of sexual harassment and abuse by movie producer Harvey Weinstein, they squared off against a target …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
In memo to staff, Gannett CEO says, “digital is our future” and “We will continue to maintain print if consumers are asking for it and the economics make sense”  —  In a piece yesterday I reported that phasing out USA Today in print is likely to be part of the calculations …
Ronan Shields / Adweek:
Sources: AT&T's advertising business, Xandr has bought Clypd, an ad platform that uses data to better target TV ads, from European broadcaster RTL  —  Trade deal comes amid speculation over parent companies' ad tech strategies  —  A little more than a year after closing its purchase of AppNexus …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
As The Washington Post expands its paid parental leave policy from four to 20 weeks, matching WSJ, a look at the policies at other media outlets  —  The Wall Street Journal: 20 weeks.  The New York Times offers 16 to 18 weeks for birth mothers and 10 weeks for non-birth parents.
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: YouTube is offering public figures five- and six-figure lump sums to subsidize channel startup costs as it becomes an increasingly appealing side job  —  Six-figure deals for filming everyday trips to the store?  It's enough to lure high-profile celebrities to the platform …
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Verizon Media wins the right to sell ads for Apple News in Canada, Australia, and UK, as NBC Universal extends an exclusive deal to sell Apple News ads in US  —  An inside look into how media partners operate on Apple's platform  —  Apple is making changes to its news service …
Discussion: @garettsloane and 9to5Mac
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Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
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Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Viacom's Pluto TV has quietly launched a conservative news channel, called the First, considered to be in beta with just two shows
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James Thorne / GeekWire:
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New York Times:
Zuckerberg gives a full-throated defense of Facebook as a champion of free expression and defends Facebook policy to opt out of fact-checking political ads
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
The Los Angeles Times reached a tentative agreement with the guild that represents ~475 newsroom employees; the deal could provide immediate pay raises of 5%+