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12:50 PM 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 …
Bloomberg:
Nielsen to split into two companies, one focused on global media, the other on tracking consumer preferences, after pressure from investor Elliott Management  —  - Nielsen will split into two: global media and global connect  — Company completes strategic review following activist pressure
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
Substack Blog:
Substack introduces a three-month Fellowship for Independent Writers, starting with five writers who will receive a stipend and support with publicity and more  —  Today, we're proud to announce the start of a program that we hope will become an important part of how Substack supports writers …
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 …
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 …
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 …
Peter Debruge / Variety:
Motion Picture Academy changes rules for nominating foreign language films to make voting more accessible, including allowing all members to stream contenders  —  Good news for subtitles lovers: The Academy is radically expanding how nominees are chosen in the Oscars new international feature film race.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Streaming service Britbox debuts in the UK, two years after its US launch, for £5.99 a month; it is a joint venture among UK broadcasters including BBC and ITV  —  It will eventually host content from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5  —  Britbox, the streaming service formed …
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.
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 …
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 …
 
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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