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2:40 PM ET, February 6, 2020


 Top News: 
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
NYT Q4: profit up 4.4% YoY to $78M on revenue of $502.7M, up 1.1% YoY, ad rev fell 10.7% YoY, digital subscriptions grew 30.8% YoY to ~4.4M of 5.25M total subs  —  The company hit a key milestone in the fourth quarter of 2019, passing $800 million in annual digital revenue, an amount that came more from readers than advertisers.
Hannah Zhang / CNN:
NYT to raise its digital subscription price for the first time, from $15 to $17 every four weeks, effective March 8  —  New York (CNN Business)The New York Times will raise the price of its digital subscription from $15 every four weeks to $17, its first ever price bump.
Discussion: @tripgabriel and AdExchanger
Nieman Lab:
Protocol, billed as “Politico, but for tech”, launches as a sponsor-supported outlet with journalists who have worked at Wired, NYT, WSJ, and The Information  —  “Technology is no longer just a sector of the economy or an industry — it's a global power center akin to any nation's capital.
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Tribune Publishing employees, amid buyouts, are still seeking to avoid further decimation of journalism now that Alden Global Capital owns 32% of the company  —  In its mission to squeeze the last profits out of newspapers, Alden Global Capital has eliminated the jobs of scores of reporters and editors …
Kimberly Pierceall / Virginian-Pilot:
Tribune Publishing has accepted buyouts from 20 people in news operations at The Virginian-Pilot, Daily Press, and related community publications
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Survey of 1,711 UK adults during the general election campaign finds BBC News and Mail Online together accounted for 49% of all time spent on news websites  —  BBC News and Mail Online together accounted for almost half of all time spent on news websites by UK adults during …
Rbr-Tvbr / Radio & Television Business Report:
Report: radio's digital ad revenue crosses $1B for the first time, making up 10% of total ad revenue; local radio station revenue grew 25% in 2019  —  Radio's digital ad revenue blasted through the billion-dollar plateau for the first time, now accounting for 10% of total advertising revenue for the industry.
Discussion: MediaPost
Karlene Lukovitz / MediaPost:
605 launches web-based app for TV measurement and analysis across linear, over-the-air, DVR and set-top-box VOD, with Discovery and AMC piloting the platform  —  605 has launched a web-based application designed for measurement and analysis of TV programs and ads — including time-shifted viewership …
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Warner Bros. and HBO Max to launch Warner Max, a division specializing in making movies for streaming, with plans to make 8-10 films a year for HBO Max  —  Movie studio Warner Bros. and HBO Max are launching a new division that will specialize in making movies specifically for streaming, the companies said Wednesday.
Kali Hays / WWD:
Sources: The Hollywood Reporter has laid off about a dozen staffers affecting its web team, styles coverage, and international correspondents  —  Last year, the publication cut a number of non-edit staffers.  —  The Hollywood Reporter is making some staff cuts.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Justin Ray / Columbia Journalism Review:
Q&A with the editor of American Atheist magazine on the media's disproportionate attention to faith leaders, what it can do to better serve atheists, and more  —  In 1963, Madalyn Murray O'Hair, a woman from Baltimore, sued her son's school district after learning that it required students to read the Bible.
Discussion: @cjr, @hemantmehta, @cjr and @jray05
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Reddit partners with Tagboard, enabling TV networks to easily display its content; Tagboard helps clients curate and produce stories with social media content  —  Reddit, a site that refers to itself as the “front page of the internet” is today announcing a new deal that will see its posts and conversations extend beyond the web page.
The Information:
Sources: Amazon has considered selling Twitch's live-streaming technology to other companies as a service  —  Twitch hasn't turned into the advertising powerhouse Amazon might have expected when it bought the live-streaming gaming service in 2014.  But Amazon may have found a new way to generate …
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK news photography groups express concern after being excluded from last week's withdrawal agreement signing in favor of Boris Johnson's photographer
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Pride Media's new CEO Diane Anderson-Minshall talks about plans to reorganize editorial operations at its LGBT titles and how it can become profitable this year
Jenny Singer / Glamour:
Seven female journalists, including CNN's Dana Bash and NYT's Eileen Sullivan, talk about covering Trump's impeachment, the Democratic primaries, and more
Tom Foremski / ZDNet:
Although Google disclosed many financial metrics for the first time in Q4, it removed cost-per-click, which has steadily declined, and the number of paid clicks
 Earlier Picks: 
Mairav Zonszein / Columbia Journalism Review:
The Forward has trimmed staff and operating losses, ended its print edition, shifted from news toward opinion, and, progressives say, abandoned the Jewish left
Jakub Parusinski / TheFix:
Slovakia's Dennik N announces its profits have more than doubled to €831K in 2019 from €343K in 2018, says it is caught in a virtuous cycle of growth
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google says Chrome's ad blocker will expand to target disruptive video ads in August, including long pre-roll ads, mid-roll ads, and overlay ads on video
Researchers says hackers with ties to the Iranian government posed as journalists from WSJ, CNN, and Deutsche Well to target academics and researchers
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
UK government launches a public consultation on proposals to stop prosecuting people for non-payment of the license fee
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Spotify will buy The Ringer, the podcast-centric media company run and owned by Bill Simmons, and plans to hire Simmons and his approximately 90 employees