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3:05 PM ET, February 10, 2020


 Top News: 
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Netflix won only two Oscars despite 24 nominations: Best Supporting Actress for Laura Dern and Best Documentary Feature for American Factory from Obamas' studio  —  Although Netflix received 24 nominations (the most of any studio) at this year's Oscars, its films only ended up winning two awards.
Wall Street Journal:
Inside Netflix's aggressive Oscars campaign, spending an estimated $100M+ mainly to promote two films, while other studios usually spend $5M-$20M per film  —  With lavish parties, huge billboards, and screenings around the world, awards campaigning may never be the same
Emily Bell / The Guardian:
NYT's success in hitting a target of $800M annual digital revenue, while young startups struggle, lays bare media's disastrous winner takes all state of affairs  —  A handful of legacy institutions thrive as digital startups face increasing pressures  —  The financial health of journalism …
Adam Sherwin / inews:
Sources: the BBC is almost certain to appoint its first female Director-General, with Elisabeth Murdoch and ITV CEO Carolyn McCall as two top contenders  —  Prospect of Rupert Murdoch's daughter running the BBC will unnerve staff - but she has the right credentials for Downing Street
Ren LaForme / Poynter:
Muck Rack launches Trends, a Google Trends-like tool that shows which journalists and news organizations wrote about topics the most  —  What are journalists writing about?  It seems like a question with an easy answer.  Just go to a news outlet's homepage and take a peek, or do a quick internet search.
Discussion: @poynter, @itsren and @michellemanafy
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
A look at New Hampshire's WMUR, a Hearst-owned station watched by 56% of the state's households weekly and which took in ~$40M in political advertising in 2016  —  The unsuccessful 1996 and 2000 presidential campaigns of publishing scion Steve Forbes may have faded from memory.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Journalists should avoid framing politics as a horserace and stop making political predictions in part because there's so little accountability if they're wrong  —  Of all the lessons the mainstream media should have learned over the past four years, one of them is inexcusably obvious: We're bad at predictions.
Jason Gutierrez / New York Times:
Philippines moves to end the franchise of the country's leading broadcast network ABS-CBN, the latest push by Duterte's admin against critical media outlets  —  It's the latest push by the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte against media outlets he views as critical of his government.
Elaine Low / Variety:
Sony Pictures Television Chairman Mike Hopkins will exit this month to oversee Amazon's video entertainment operations, including Amazon Studios and Prime Video  —  Sony Pictures Television Chairman Mike Hopkins is departing his post at the industry's largest independent TV studio later …
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
After Amazon removes Nazi and neo-Nazi books, some third-party booksellers say it seems to operate under vague or nonexistent rules regarding prohibited books  —  The retailer once said it would sell “the good, the bad and the ugly.”  Now it has banished objectionable volumes …
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Shirley Halperin / Variety:
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David Bauder / Associated Press:
CBS News president called threats against Gayle King “reprehensible” after King was criticized for asking about Kobe Bryant's rape charge in an interview
ESPN's Jessica Mendoza, who was criticized for working as both ESPN analyst and NY Mets adviser, resigns from the Mets, gets pulled from Sunday Night Baseball
@CTGuild / Chicago Tribune Guild:
[Thread] Tribune Publishing's Chicago-area newsrooms are losing more than a dozen staffers who chose to take buyouts in the most recent round of cuts