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12:20 PM ET, February 6, 2020


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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.
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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
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  —  Last year, Google made Chrome's standards-backed ad blocker fully available around the world.  The Better Ads Standards today announced a …
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
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.
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 …
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  —  Keeping up with the news has never felt harder.  There's a crowded and contentious election, a historic impeachment trial …
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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
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
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
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Researchers says hackers with ties to the Iranian government posed as journalists from WSJ, CNN, and Deutsche Well to target academics and researchers
Knight Foundation:
Knight announces grants up to $20K for managing newsroom digital publishing systems of nonprofits and/or those serving people of color, underrepresented readers
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
Kaitlan Collins / CNN:
President Trump awarded Rush Limbaugh with the Medal of Freedom during Tuesday's State of the Union
Sources: Instagram generated ~$20B in advertising revenue in 2019, making up more than a quarter of Facebook's revenue