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1:25 PM ET, November 14, 2019


 Top News: 
Nathan Bomey / USA Today:
Shareholders of Gannett and New Media approve the $1.13B merger; the new Gannett will be composed of 260 dailies, aims to cut $275M-$300M within two years  —  Shareholders cleared the way Thursday for New Media Investment Group and USA TODAY owner Gannett to join forces in a deal that will create …
Sources: Apple is considering bundling News+, Apple TV+ and Apple Music as soon as 2020 to attract subscribers, meaning less money for News+ publishers  —  - Company keeps rights to bundle News+ service with TV+, Music  — Move may woo more subscribers, but lower publishers' News+ cut
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple Music launches Replay, letting subscribers look back at their favorite music in 2019, similar to Spotify's year-end review, Wrapped, but updated each week
Agence France-Presse:
Turkish journalist Ahmet Altan rearrested following his prison release one week ago where he'd served three years over alleged links to 2016 coup  —  Detaining of Ahmet Altan, who denies alleged links to failed coup in 2016, called a ‘disgrace’  —  Turkish police have rearrested the journalist …
Ben Casselman / New York Times:
Interview with NYT reporter Ben Casselman, who says his landline phone is his most vital data journalism tool as the best stories emerge from talking to people  —  Ben Casselman, an economics reporter, uses a programming language called R and works with vast data sets.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Sources: Disney plans to bring Disney+ to India in H2 2019 via its streaming platform Hotstar and to expand the offering to Malaysia, Indonesia, and others  —  Disney plans to bring its on-demand video streaming service to India and some Southeast Asian markets as soon as the second half of next year …
Daniel Frankel / Multichannel News:
OpenVault: cord cutters averaged 520.8 GB of internet usage in Q3, up 7% YoY; 12% of cord cutters are power users who use 1TB+ per month  —  Homes that have ditched video increased internet usage by 7% in Q3, according to Broadband solutions provider OpenVault
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
McClatchy has retained advisers to explore options and has opened talks with the federal agency that manages insolvent pension funds; stock down ~14%  —  McClatchy reported a series of financial reverses Wednesday so severe that it may not be able to meet its obligations in 2020.
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Interview with Tucker Carlson, who holds apparent favored status with the Murdochs, as his Fox show becomes particularly important amid the impeachment inquiry  —  At some point during his nightly prime-time show, Fox News host Tucker Carlson usually asks the same question: “What's really going on here?”
Daniel Roberts / Yahoo Finance:
Sources: Sports Illustrated will be published monthly starting in 2020, plus four special issues and the Swimsuit Issue for a total of 17 issues per year  —  Sports Illustrated was a weekly publication as recently as 2015.  In 2020 it will become a monthly, Yahoo Finance has learned.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Yahoo Sports launches section for fans to bet on sports, starting in New Jersey, through the MGM Resorts' BetMGM platform, part of a multiyear partnership  —  Verizon Media's Yahoo Sports is getting into the gambling business with the launch of a new section that lets fans see betting odds for various sports.
Discussion: Awful Announcing
Local Media Association:
Accelerate Local launches TV Membership Project to drive engagement and revenue for local TV broadcasters via DTC models like membership; Fox is a pilot partner  —  Accelerate Local, designed by Local Media Association to reinvent business models for news, today announced The TV Membership Project …
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Tribune Publishing has announced it will shut down Hoy, its Spanish-language weekly newspaper and website serving Chicago, on December 13  —  Predominantly English-language news companies continue to struggle to figure out how to reach Spanish-language audiences.
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Dan Muse / Insider Pro:
IDG, owner of Computerworld, Infoworld, and more, launches Insider Pro, a subscription-supported tech news site; cost now is $99 for three months or $399/year
Discussion: IDG
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Netflix enters a multi-year deal with Nickelodeon, which will produce animated feature films and shows that will include existing characters and all-new IP
Michael Calderone / Politico:
The impeachment inquiry has sparked a podcast frenzy, with CNN, NBC, Vox, BuzzFeed, and others quickly rolling out shows to seize on the heightened interest
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Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Disney says Disney+ has seen 10M signups since launching on Tuesday
John McCarthy / The Drum:
UK broadcaster ITV unveils Planet V, its addressable TV advertising product, launching in February 2020
Discussion: Digiday