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2:30 PM ET, December 13, 2019


 Top News: 
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Judge rules against The Wrap, which sued The Information for allegedly poaching a reporter, in contrast to this week's Netflix/Fox ruling on the same issue  —  Sharon Waxman falls flat in a poaching suit against The Information just as the entertainment industry witnesses the opposite result in a battle between Fox and Netflix.
Sources: NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke to step down next year, likely to be succeeded by Jeff Shell, now chairman of NBCUniversal Film and Entertainment  —  Steve Burke is expected to step down as CEO of NBCUniversal next year and is likely to hand the reins to Jeff Shell, who is now chairman of NBCUniversal Film and Entertainment.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Liberty Media, which owns 4.8% of iHeartMedia, is seeking Justice Department permission to acquire a controlling stake in the radio broadcaster  —  Deal would put nation's largest radio broadcaster under same umbrella as concert promoter and satellite-radio giant SiriusXM
Discussion: Radio & Television … and @matt
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBCU's 42 NBC and Telemundo stations, along with its 9 RSNs, have partnered with TVSquared, which tracks response to ads to determine their effectiveness  —  NBCUniversal's TV stations want to keep talking to their advertisers even after their commercials have already run.
Jennifer Brett / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Olivia Wilde, the actress who plays the late journalist Kathy Scruggs in the movie Richard Jewell, defends her portrayal of Scruggs in a series of tweets  —  The actress cites “independent research” which didn't include talking to Scruggs' brother or close friends
Gretchen Carlson / New York Times:
Gretchen Carlson calls on Fox to release employees from NDAs they'd been forced to sign: “buying silence instead of stopping harassment is immoral and unjust”  —  I still can't talk about what happened to me because of a non-disclosure agreement.  —  Ms. Carlson is a journalist and author.
David Cohen / Adweek:
Pandora begins testing interactive voice ad functionality, with Nestlé, Comcast, Unilever, and others participating in the initial test group  —  The audio streaming service has its own native voice assistant  —  Audio streaming service Pandora is expanding on the Voice Mode native voice assistant …
Discussion: MediaPost and @pandorabrands
Michael Calderone / Politico:
Over 115 newspaper boards called for Clinton's resignation after the Starr report, while only 6 coastal and national outlets have called for Trump's impeachment  —  While coastal outlets call for Trump's removal, most of those in states Democrats need to win are still on the sidelines.
Karlene Lukovitz / MediaPost:
Apptopia estimates that Disney+ has been downloaded 22M+ times on mobile devices since launch; bundling with Hulu and ESPN has upped downloads of the latter two  —  Disney+, launched four weeks ago, has now been downloaded more than 22 million times to mobile devices alone, estimates independent app-tracking company Apptopia.
Discussion: Quartz, MacRumors and Digital Trends
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Libby Cohen / The Daily Dot:
CBS News included an Infowars host in an online video of Trump fans at a PA rally, without identification; CBS later added an editor's note identifying the host
Steven Zeitchik / Washington Post:
Netflix paid for Critics Choice Association members to take four pricey trips this year; critics call the trips a potential breach of etiquette and ethics
Steve Stecklow / Reuters:
Refinitiv, which distributes Reuters news on the Eikon trading platform, has blocked 200+ Reuters stories since August in China, under government pressure
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
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Kali Hays / WWD:
Editors of Out magazine and The Advocate, owned by Pride Media, are leaving; sources: Pride Media CEO is also stepping down, and more departures are expected
Belinda Luscombe / TIME:
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Caroline Porter / Shorenstein Center:
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