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2:15 PM ET, December 16, 2019


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Ursula Perano / Axios:
The Hallmark Channel reverses course and says it will work with to reinstate the online wedding registry's ads that show two lesbian brides kissing  —  The Hallmark Channel on Sunday reversed a decision made at the request of a Christian mothers group to pull a commercial showing a same-sex couple kissing, CNN first reported.
Rebecca Rosenberg / Page Six:
Interview with Harvey Weinstein on what he sees as a legacy of helping women in film; he goes on trial for rape on January 6  —  More than 80 women have accused him of sex assault or harassment — but for Harvey Weinstein, it's still all about himself.  —  The alleged serial sex predator …
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
The Try Guys, who left BuzzFeed in 2018, say their media business 2nd Try is now profitable, mainly driven by branded content deals as it plans streaming shows  —  The four-person entertainment group The Try Guys has grown from a video series owned by BuzzFeed to its own independent company that sells merch …
Sources: Axios is likely to soon raise at least $20M led by Glade Brook Capital, which will value the company at about $200M  —  The new deal should value the political publisher at $200 million or more.  —  A few years ago, investors were eager to throw money at digital media startups.  Not anymore.
Discussion: @owillis and @ashkan
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Jeff Shell, head of NBCU's film and entertainment division, will replace Steve Burke as CEO on Jan. 1; Burke will become chairman until retirement on Aug. 14  —  - NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke will retire on August 14, 2020, Comcast announced on Monday.  — Jeff Shell, head of NBCUniversal's film …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Some BBC staff fear public distrust after election coverage gaffes, as the director general calls on social media to tackle the “sickening” abuse of journalists  —  Director-general calls accusations of bias ‘conspiracy theories’  —  The BBC's director-general has expressed …
Emily Bell / The Guardian:
Local news, with its ever-shrinking resources, cannot adequately counter “phantom local news” sites, which are set up to repeat talking points or disinformation  —  Local news is often trusted more than national news but it is highly vulnerable to online disinformation
Davey Alba / New York Times:
Campaign staff and researchers say almost all political campaigns, including presidential ones, lack teams for spotting and pushing back on disinformation  —  Few politicians have teams to spot false statements about them online, or to fight back before it spreads.
Alisyn Camerota / Vanity Fair:
CNN's Alisyn Camerota recalls her interactions with Roger Ailes while she was at Fox News, says the screening of Bombshell had a “PTSD-inducing effect” on her  —  During my time at Fox News, Ailes bent reality to fit his own needs.  But his racist rants and warped demands …
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
PAMCo: i newspaper and Daily Express have fastest readership growth, up 50%+ YoY, among UK national newsbrands in the past year; Sun, Mirror remain most read