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2:35 PM ET, November 8, 2019


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The Correspondent:
Skeptics say effectiveness of online ads is misleading because the benchmarks marketers use don't distinguish people buying due to ads and those buying anyway  —  Mel Karmazin, the president of Viacom, one of the largest media conglomerates in the world, walked into the Google offices in Mountain View, California.
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
YouTube has run the Trump ad wrongly accusing Biden of corruption, which was seen 10M-30M times, but Google says it strives to ensure ads are “honest”  —  (CNN Business)You'd be forgiven for thinking that the only tech platform that allows politicians to run false ads is Facebook.
Greg Dool / Folio:
Meredith Q1: operating profit of $28M, up from $18.1M YoY, on revenue of $532.9M; print ad rev down 13.4% YoY to $160.4M; digital ad rev up 7.9% to $91.6M  —  On its Q1 earnings call, the company says four titles saw year-over-year growth in print advertising, and portfolio-wide newsstand revenue also increased.
Global Editors Network says it will close due to lack of funds; the worldwide association of editors offered summits, hackathons, and data journalism awards  —  The Global Editors Network (GEN) announced today that it will cease its activities due to lack of sustainable finances.
Emily Alford / Jezebel:
Former co-workers of Fader's Eric Sundermann say his alleged sexual misconduct was known for years, but overlooked by management at Fader and at Vice  —  On November 2, former music journalist Lauren Nostro published a tweet: “It's so wild that {redacted} is able to run an entire digital magazine when hes …
Tiffany Stevens / Columbia Journalism Review:
Interviews with reporters on how their work disappears from the web or becomes cannibalized when online publications shutter or restructure  —  “Nothing disappears on the Internet,” people like to say, but journalists know that's not necessarily true.  Articles frequently disappear when online publications shutter or restructure.
Hollywood Reporter:
Four new FX shows will launch exclusively on Hulu as part of the FX on Hulu hub, debuting in March; FX on Hulu will also be the exclusive home to 40+ FX series  —  Four FX shows will move exclusively to Hulu: ‘Mrs. America,’ ‘Devs,’ ‘A Teacher’ and ‘The Old Man.’  —  FX is making a streaming home on Hulu.
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Octopus Interactive, which offers Lyft and Uber drivers tablets with games and ads, raises $10.3M led by Sinclair, enabling it to stream local TV content  —  Octopus Interactive, a startup bringing an interactive TV and ad experience into Uber and Lyft rides, has raised a $10.3 million funding round led by Sinclair Digital Group.
Discussion: StartupWorld
Times of India:
India revokes the Overseas Citizen of India status for Aatish Taseer, who wrote a May Time cover story calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi “Divider in Chief”  —  - Aatish Taseer's Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) status was canceled on Thursday, following a statement by the home ministry
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Megyn Kelly's career moves to social media with the launch of an Instagram account on which she interviews the staffer CBS fired for leaking the Amy Robach clip  —  - TV veteran Megyn Kelly is launching her next chapter on social media, the former NBC and Fox News host announced Friday.
Discussion: The Hill and Deadline
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Jeremy Corbyn staffers created a WhatsApp group with sympathetic national journalists and columnists to coordinate messaging to elect Corbyn in the UK  —  “Also as ever, please do not talk about this group to anyone outside the group.”  —  Jeremy Corbyn's communications staff set …
Kris Holt / Engadget:
Disney says Disney+ will launch in UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain on March 31  —  Disney+ will officially debut in the US, Canada and the Netherlands November 12th, and Australia and New Zealand a week later.  The rest of the world will need to wait a little longer to stream the likes of Avengers …
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Deanna Ting / Digiday:
The Infatuation is planning Zagat's comeback by hiring a stories editor, building the Zagat Curators program, and launching a new digital platform by 2020
Disney Q4: revenue of $19.1B vs. $19.04B expected, up 34% YoY, with media networks bringing in $6.5B in revenue, up 22% YoY from $5.3B; stock up 4%+ after hours
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Bustle laid off or cut at least 10 staffers and contributors Thursday; spokesperson says Bustle Digital Group plans “marquee hires” and a 2020 site relaunch
 Earlier Picks: 
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Rude media like Splinter and Deadspin, which lacked deference to power, are dead; we are left with bootlickers who demand civility and don't challenge power
Michelle Mark / Business Insider:
CBS reportedly has fired a staffer who previously worked for ABC and accessed footage of anchor Amy Robach complaining that ABC killed her Jeffrey Epstein story
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
Nielsen to split into two companies, one focused on global media, the other on tracking consumer preferences, after pressure from investor Elliott Management
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