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4:15 PM ET, November 14, 2019

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Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Newspaper Consolidation Games: expect a formal deal closing for Gannett on Nov. 19, then big cuts; sources say McClatchy and Tribune are talking merger again  —  What was once expected to be $200 million in annual cost savings has now grown to $400 million or more.  But how much blood is left to be drawn from this stone?
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Marc Tracy / New York Times:
McClatchy plans to end Saturday print issues at all its daily newspapers by the end of 2020, though a new slate of articles will continue to appear digitally  —  Subscribers to The Miami Herald, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and The Charlotte Observer will no longer find a newspaper at the end of their driveway on Saturday mornings.
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 …
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%
Bloomberg:
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
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Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Apple signed on 200,000 subscribers to Apple News+ in its first 48 hours in March but has since struggled to add customers  —  - Apple signed on 200,000 subscribers to Apple News+ in its first 48 hours in March, but has been stuck in neutral since that time, according to people familiar with the matter.
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.
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.
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
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
eMarketer: TV ad spending in the US has peaked in 2018 and will decline 2.9% this year to $70.3B, dropping below one-quarter of total US ad spending by 2022  —  The U.S. TV ad marketplace peaked in 2018 and will never return to that level again, according to a new analysis released by eMarketer this morning.
Discussion: Adweek
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?”
 
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Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
MoffettNathanson estimates that TV live streaming services have ~9M subscribers, up 33% YoY; Hulu Live TV has ~2.7M subscribers while YouTube TV has ~1.6M
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
Discussion: Awful Announcing
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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
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
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Disney says Disney+ has seen 10M signups since launching on Tuesday