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10:55 AM ET, November 7, 2019

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Dade Hayes / Deadline:
In a wide-ranging interview, Reed Hastings says Netflix's spending on content will grow and defends cutting an episode of Hasan Minhaj's show in Saudi Arabia  —  Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings tackled a wide array of issues surrounding the streaming giant during a packed 30-minute keynote session …
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Glenn Beck's The Blaze to shut down its cable channel at the end of the year to focus on its radio, SVOD service, podcasts, and website  —  The media company will continue operating its subscription VOD service, its website, podcasts and radio presence.  —  The Blaze, a multimedia firm founded …
Discussion: The Wrap
CNN:
So far, mainstream media including Fox News avoid publishing the alleged whistleblower's name in the Trump impeachment probe, amid pressure from Trump allies  —  New York (CNN Business)Fox News hosts and personalities have been instructed over the last several days not to identify …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Dish adds ~214K Sling TV subscribers in Q3 for a total of 2.686M+ and loses ~66K pay TV subscribers for a total of ~9.49M  —  Charlie Ergen's company posts its first quarterly net subscriber gain since the fourth quarter of 2017.  —  Charlie Ergen's Dish Network on Thursday …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter announces Topics, which lets users follow 300+ subjects in their timeline, rolling out from Thursday; topics include sports and gaming but not politics  —  Starting with more than 300 subjects across sports, gaming, and entertainment  —  Recently, a friend told me he wanted to spend …
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
Avaaz: false stories on Facebook had 158M views in 2019, greater than before the 2016 election, with 86M views in the last 3 months, up 3x over the prior 3  —  Facebook has already powered 158 million views of fake U.S. political news in 2019 and is poised to see an explosion of disinformation next year …
Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
Fox Corporation beats estimates with Q1 revenue of $2.67B, up 5% YoY, net income of $513M, down from $615M YoY, and announces a $2B stock buyback program  —  Fox reported its first-quarter fiscal 2020 financial results on Wednesday afternoon, when the evolving company also revealed a $2 billion stock repurchase program.
Discussion: Fox, Fox and Variety
MediaPost:
Conviva: streaming video quality is improving, with PCs seeing the most consistent quality improvements, but 39% of streaming video ad attempts fail  —  As the streaming wars commence, the good news is that the general streaming video experience is improving — no doubt in part …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Discovery Q3: net income rose to $262M from $117M in Q3 2018 on revenue of $2.68B, up 3% YoY; ad pricing increases offset subscriber losses  —  Discovery Inc. saw third quarter profit rise as revenue from advertising as well as cable and satellite distribution rose even as the company's various TV products lost viewers overall.
Sara Jerde / Adweek:
McClatchy launches Impact2020, a $50/year subscription for political news with an outside-the-beltway approach, via journalists in TX, FL, PA, NC, SC, CA, more  —  New subscription service Impact 2020 will cost $129 per year  —  As media organizations ramp up their coverage of the 2020 presidential race …
Washington Post Newspaper Guild / Washington Post Newspaper Guild:
Washington Post Guild newsroom pay study: median salary for women of color is $30K less than white men; men receive a higher rate of merit pay raises than women  —  By members of the Washington Post Newspaper Guild  —  Washington Post employees work hard every day to ensure that our company is a leader in the journalism industry.
 
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