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11:20 AM ET, November 20, 2019

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Tribune Publishing Company:
Tribune Publishing says Alden Global Capital is now the company's largest shareholder, buying 25.2% of the company from Merrick Ventures and Michael Ferro Jr.  —  Tribune Publishing Company (NASDAQ: TPCO), one of the nation's leading media companies, today announced that funds managed …
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Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Gannett and New Media Investment Group's merger became official Tuesday, with executives hoping “efficiencies” will save about $300M/year  —  The deal to create the largest newspaper company in the nation — which became official at 4:10 p.m. on Tuesday — came about with remarkable speed …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
A deep look at McClatchy's options for a sale, restructuring or bankruptcy, and the influence of the federal pension agency and Chatham Asset Management  —  The nation's second-largest newspaper company had paid off most of its old debt and still generates positive cashflow.
Discussion: @newsbyschmidt
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed News:
Sources: NYT is facing a succession contest to replace Dean Baquet before September 2022, with three top candidates: Joe Kahn, James Bennet, and Cliff Levy  —  If you're following the news these days, you'll notice that a high percentage is about the New York Times — the headlines …
Christopher Cheung / The Tyee:
Torstar announces 121 layoffs, with 73 to be cut as it closes StarMetro Vancouver and four other free dailies on Dec. 20; more layoffs are in southern Ontario  —  Five more daily newspapers shuttered, 73 jobs lost across Canada.  —  Christopher Cheung is a reporter at The Tyee.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
During Tuesday's debate, UK's Conservative party renamed its main media Twitter account as “factcheckUK” and changed its logo to push anti-Labour material  —  Party accused of misleading public by tweeting anti-Labour posts as ‘factcheckUK’  —  The Conservatives have been accused …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
NYT says it will no longer use tracking pixels from Facebook and Twitter, instead using TAFI, a new AI-powered tool, to target potential subscribers  —  The New York Times will no longer use tracking pixels from Facebook and Twitter to track its users' browser history, executives tell Axios.
Discussion: AdExchanger and @mathewi
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Verizon Media CEO Guru Gowrappan says it has no plans to divest any properties, including HuffPost, from the Yahoo-AOL group  —  Verizon is not selling HuffPost, according to Verizon Media CEO Guru Gowrappan — who insisted the news and opinion site is central to its content strategy.
Benjamin Mayo / 9to5Mac:
Apple launches Apple Music for Business, to let businesses play music in retail locations with Apple providing human-curated playlists and recommendations  —  Apple Music is now partnering with businesses to play music at retail stores.  In a partnership with PlayNetwork …
Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Tribune EIC and chief audience officer are stepping down to launch a national nonprofit news organization aimed at giving women “facts, tools, and info”  —  They'll exit their leadership roles at The Texas Tribune at the end of the year.  We couldn't be more grateful …
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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Trump's antagonism toward Bezos, WaPo, and Amazon, followed by denial of a $10B cloud contract, should be a larger scandal than it has been treated so far  —  The saga of President Trump's reprisals against Amazon has lurked on the margin of the news, largely overshadowed by the Ukraine scandal.
 
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Megan Graham / CNBC:
Facebook begins rolling out new “brand safety” tools to let advertisers control the content their ads appear around, including white-listing publishers
Discussion: Ad Age and Adweek, more at Techmeme »
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify says its free tier will now stream across Alexa-powered devices in the US, Australia, and New Zealand, and smart speakers from Sonos and Bose globally
Discussion: Spotify and CNBC, more at Techmeme »
Faisal Kalim / What's New in Publishing:
FIPP and CeleraOne report: digital-only newspaper and magazine subscriptions have at least doubled from 10M to 20M in the last 18 months
Chris Baynes / The Independent:
Police in Malta have arrested Yorgen Fenech, one of the country's most prominent businessmen, in connection with the murder of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia
Discussion: The Guardian and Fox News
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
The Shawnee Mission Post in northeast Kansas has grown to 2,650 paying subscribers with an annual run rate of ~$190K, two years after launching its paywall
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
During impeachment testimony, House Democrats call out Fox News for comments made by its opinion hosts about star witness Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman
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Mackenzie Nichols / Variety:
Sen. Warren, Sen. Sanders, others ask for an independent investigation into NBC News over allegations in Catch and Kill, a day before MSNBC hosts a Dem. debate
Discussion: MediaPost and Mediaite
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google announces Your News Update, an Assistant-powered audio feature that chooses stories based on interests, location, and more, available first in the US
NBC News:
Emails show that a 2015 article, fed by Stephen Miller, ran in Breitbart with a “Breitbart News” byline at Miller's insistence, disguising opinion as editorial
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Facebook exec defends Breitbart on Facebook News, saying Breitbart is not being paid and balances out “far left” outlets, but it's unclear which ones she meant
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
DOJ antitrust head Makan Delrahim says the DOJ will move to end the 1940s Paramount consent decrees, which limit major distributors' control over theater chains
Michael Calderone / Politico:
The Hill says it's reviewing, annotating, and when appropriate, correcting former columnist John Solomon's opinion pieces referenced in the impeachment inquiry