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12:55 PM ET, November 12, 2019


 Top News: 
Robby Soave / Reason:
Northwestern University's student newspaper The Daily Northwestern sparks backlash for editorial apologizing for its news reporting that offended some students  —  The Daily Northwestern is the student newspaper of Northwestern University, which is home to the Medill School of Journalism …
Financial Times:
The Financial Times names Roula Khalaf as its editor, succeeding Lionel Barber, who will step down at the beginning of 2020  —  12 November 2019: The Financial Times today announces the appointment of Roula Khalaf as editor.  She succeeds Lionel Barber, who has held the position since 2005 and will step down at the beginning of 2020.
Megh Wright / Vulture:
John Oliver calls attention to SLAPP suits after one brought by a coal mogul was dropped but still cost his show $200K and tripled its libel insurance premium  —  Remember back in 2017 when John Oliver did a Last Week Tonight segment about coal company CEO and “geriatric Dr. Evil” Bob Murray …
Discussion: YouTube and IndieWire
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
CBS Q3: net earnings of $319M, down from $488M a year ago; revenue of $3.3B, up 1% YoY; direct-to-consumer revenue from Showtime OTT and All Access rose 39% YoY  —  The company, led by acting CEO Joe Ianniello, is in early December expected to complete its recombination with Viacom.
CBS acting CEO Joe Ianniello to receive ~$100M severance in cash and equity and remain chief of CBS under a new contract after the Viacom-CBS merger closes  —  - Joe Ianniello to report to Viacom CEO once merger is completed  — He will reap tens of millions more in the months that follow
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
The Atlantic launches a new, subscriber-only app on iOS, which replaces its previous app; users can pay for it month to month  —  Two months after launching its digital subscription model, The Atlantic is launching a new subscriber-only app.  —  The new app, which will be 100% paywalled …
Discussion: Nieman Lab, The Atlantic and Ad Age
Artur Piszek / The Blog:
Automattic partners with Stripe to debut Recurring Payments for and Jetpack-powered sites, to let content creators collect repeat contributions  —  It's hard to be creative when you're worried about money.  Running ads on your site helps, but for many creators, ad revenue isn't enough.
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Apple TV+ head of current programming Kim Rozenfeld departs days after Apple TV+ launch; development, current programming teams to be combined under single head  —  EXCLUSIVE: Following the November 1 launch of Apple TV+, the streamer is realigning its executive ranks under toppers Zack Van Amburg …
The Daily Beast:
Former National Enquirer EIC Dylan Howard proposed $1M+ in hidden payoffs to R. Kelly for docuseries cooperation, according to documents and an audio recording  —  American Media exec Dylan Howard proposed setting up a shell company to hide the payments for a TV series about the accused pedophile.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram debuts Reels, a TikTok-style video remix feature, which lets you make 15-second video clips set to music and share them as Stories, in Brazil  —  Instagram is launching a video-music remix feature to  —  finally fight back against Chinese social rival TikTok.
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Paul Sandle / Reuters:
Twitter says it is launching a new tool for the December UK election that lets users report deliberately misleading information about the voting process
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed News:
Source: Twitter suggests it will allow political ads that spread awareness about issues like climate change, not ads mentioning a specific policy or candidate
New York Times:
Sportsnet has fired veteran Hockey Night in Canada co-host Don Cherry after on-air comments that appeared to question the patriotism of immigrants
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter shares draft of its new deepfakes policy for public input through Nov. 27, says it won't ban deepfakes but will label them and warn users before sharing