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6:55 PM ET, October 19, 2019

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Financial Times:
Sources: Verizon is seeking potential buyers for HuffPost, as it continues to shed digital businesses from its costly acquisition of Yahoo and AOL  —  Verizon is sounding out potential buyers for the HuffPost website, in the latest phase of the US telecoms group's retreat from the digital media business.
Hollywood Reporter:
Source: Quentin Tarantino declines to recut his movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, after China's regulators blocked the film's release date of Oct. 25  —  The country's regulators pulled the film from the schedule a week before its release on Oct. 25.  —  Quentin Tarantino has no intention …
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Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
ESPN's “no politics” policy, business relationship with the NBA, and Tencent distribution deal contributed to tentative coverage of the Morey controversy  —  When a tweet from a leading basketball executive incited an international incident last week, the NBA found itself embroiled …
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook reaches licensing deal with News Corp to feature headlines from WSJ, NY Post, and others in a coming news tab; sources: WaPo, BuzzFeed News, BI also in  —  News organizations including News Corp will be paid a licensing fee to supply headlines in news tab
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 …
Dan Levin / New York Times:
Profile of The Michigan Daily, the university's student newspaper in Ann Arbor, which has been the only printed local paper in the city for more than a decade  —  As more than 2,000 newspapers across the country have closed or merged, student journalists from Michigan to Arizona have stepped in to fill the void.
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.
Nieman Reports:
Commenting on the limits of #MeToo journalism, Jodi Kantor says journalism isn't a fundamental solution or “a substitute ... for institutions that have failed”  —  In the fall of 2017 The New York Times published Jodi Kantor's and Megan Twohey's explosive investigation …
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
How Quartz is focusing more on reader revenue, with a metered paywall and perks for members like field guides and a direct relationship with its journalists  —  It has been a bumpy stretch for Quartz, one of the most lauded digital news startups of the past decade.
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 …
 
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Katie Kilkenny / Hollywood Reporter:
CA's AB 5 bill author says the law's 35-submission limit for journalists is “a little arbitrary”, as freelancers seek changes before the law takes effect Jan. 1
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Pakistan denies entry to Committee to Protect Journalists coordinator, citing a blacklist by the Ministry of Interior, which voided his journalist visa
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
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Press organizations are demanding an investigation into claims that 12 journalists were targeted by police during demonstrations in Catalonia
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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
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
James Thorne / GeekWire:
Maven, which licensed SI's brand and has bought TheStreet, Say Media, and Hubpages, has raised $20M and outlined its SI strategy and plans for political news
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