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7:10 AM ET, February 11, 2020


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Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
The 2020 Oscars drew 23.6M viewers, an all-time low and down 20% YoY; the 2018 Oscars held the previous all-time low of 26.5M viewers  —  Audience for 92nd Academy Awards declines 20%  —  The 2020 Oscars drew 23.6 million viewers on ABC, down a whopping 6 million viewers — or -20% from last year.
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
Liam Knox / NBC News:
Black News Channel, a 24/7 cable channel featuring black anchors and co-founded by former Republican congressman J.C. Watts, launches in select US markets  —  The Black News Channel, founded by a former Republican congressman, will try to win the growing Black cable news audience.
Irene Wangui / International Journalists' Network:
A look at WanaData Africa, a pan-African network of around 100 women journalists and data experts, who have collectively published over 100 stories since 2017  —  A growing network of African women journalists is leading data-driven projects that are elevating female voices and shedding light on under-reported stories.
Adam Satariano / New York Times:
Profile of Ben Nimmo, a founder of Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab, who helped pioneer investigations into online disinformation  —  Ben Nimmo helped pioneer disinformation investigations.  His work is now more urgent as misleading internet tactics spread.
The Information:
Sources: YouTube is considering a competitor to Amazon and Apple TV channels for accessing premium video subscriptions from other companies  —  YouTube is sending signals that it wants to become a destination site for every part of the TV universe.  —  The Google-owned video giant …
Tim Arango / New York Times:
Profile of Carl Butz, a 71-year-old retiree who stepped in at the beginning of the year to save The Mountain Messenger, California's oldest weekly newspaper  —  High in the Sierra, Downieville, Calif., was about to become the latest American community to lose its newspaper.
Discussion: The Rural Blog
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CBS Sports strikes a deal with British bookmaker William Hill, making it the official provider of sportsbook and wagering data across all CBS Sports properties  —  CBS Sports is making a bid to one-up its competitors in the rapidly developing arena for U.S. sports betting.
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Profile of New Hampshire Public Radio's Lauren Chooljian, whose Stranglehold podcast has made her a divisive figure due to its unflattering look at NH's primary  —  The podcaster Lauren Chooljian has irked some people in the state with “Stranglehold,” a close look at an all-important contest.
Mike Canan / Trusting News:
WCPO exec on why the Scripps-owned Cincinnati TV station now only uses mugshots selectively and why it's important to tell viewers about big policy changes  —  Last summer as part of our station's efforts to examine our policies — especially when it comes to how we cover minority communities …
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 …
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
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