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11:05 PM ET, December 15, 2019


 Top News: 
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.
Heather Murphy / New York Times:
The Hallmark Channel pulls company's ads showing lesbian brides kissing, citing distraction from network's purpose, after conservative group's targeted campaign  —  A spokesman for the channel said the lesbian couple's P.D.A. violated its policies.  Hallmark did not reject a similar ad featuring an opposite-sex couple.
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 …
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Brat TV, a YouTube channel of scripted shows aimed at teens, says it more than tripled its revenue YoY to $10M+ in 2019 after securing YouTube sales rights  —  Digital video network Brat TV's revenue has more than tripled after the company began directly selling ads on its YouTube channel.
Discussion: @ashkan and @missgallo
Michael Hiltzik / Los Angeles Times:
The Newseum, an overbuilt edifice and a fine venue for weddings, fell short of its potential to be an educational institution archiving historical newspapers  —  We are taught from an early age not to speak ill of the dead (unless we write obituaries), so I suppose I should hold my tongue about the demise …
Matt Cohen / Mother Jones:
Sources: Atlantic managers told CityLab staffers that only 7 of 13 full-time staffers and 3 contractors will be rehired after the site's sale to Bloomberg Media  —  Journalism has had a rough year full of layoffs across the country, and Bloomberg Media, the company owned the latest entrant …
Jason Loviglio / Nieman Lab:
A look at how NPR's commitment to promoting many voices and accents has helped the network bring regional and gender diversity to the airwaves  —  From its beginnings half a century ago, National Public Radio heralded a new approach to the sound of radio in the United States.
Discussion: @niemanlab
Amy X. Wang / Rolling Stone:
Music streaming subscription prices have remained flat for a decade, amid competition from tech giants like Apple that can operate their music arms at a loss  —  The price of music streaming has stayed flat for a decade, but not because tech companies are generous
Noah Kulwin / The Outline:
Falling prices for TVs reveal how manufacturers are actually making money: by taking a cut of ad revenue via pre-installed channels and from selling user data  —  A 50-inch TV for $300 comes with some trade-offs.  —  The Future  —  A 50-inch TV for $300 comes with some trade-offs.
Discussion: @nkulw and @nkulw
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.
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  —  The i paper and the Daily Express have seen the fastest readership growth among UK national newsbrands across print and online in the past year …
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Dave Karpf / MediaWell:
Online disinfo campaigns, whether they sway voters or not, erode the idea that deception has consequences, a concept that presupposes the media's watchdog role
Soraya Roberts / Longreads:
Canada shows what can happen when the media industry shrinks: staffers are overwhelmingly white, while people of color make up over one fifth of the population
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times names Greg Winter as international managing editor, only the second editor to hold that position at the news organization
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
YouTube has shut down some channels posing as US news outlets, using sensationalist thumbnails and content primarily from CNN; one had 2M+ views in one weekend
 Earlier Picks: 
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