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2:10 PM ET, November 20, 2019


 Top News: 
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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
Discussion: @xpangler and @xpangler
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
The Chicago Reader, an alt-weekly, is moving to a nonprofit model in January under the umbrella of the newly-founded Reader Institute for Community Journalism  —  The Chicago Reader, like many alt-weeklies, has had a tough past few years.  Founded in 1971 during a boom time for alternative media …
Discussion: Chicago Reader and Daily Herald
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources: new NYT guidance says “racist” can be used to describe an action or comments from politicians with permission from department and masthead leadership  —  Blackface?  Yes.  KKK?  Yes.  A comedian using anti-Asian jokes?  Yes.  Trump?  It depends—but be very, very careful.
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 …
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.
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  —  Spotify has worked with Amazon Echo since 2016, but only for premium subscribers.  Today, that changes as Spotify says its free tier …
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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
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
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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
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
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