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7:00 PM ET, February 17, 2020


 Top News: 
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
BBC News deputy political editor John Pienaar is leaving after almost three decades to join News UK's upcoming Times Radio to front its new drivetime program  —  Longtime BBC presenter to front drivetime show on Radio 4 rival station  —  Times Radio has hired the BBC's deputy political editor …
The Guardian:
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Sources: News UK's upcoming Times Radio is making lucrative offers to leading BBC presenters like Nick Robinson, promising higher salaries and editorial freedom
Financial Times:
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Death of ex-Love Island presenter Caroline Flack re-focuses attention on British tabloids, amid calls for a “Caroline's law” against excessive media intrusion  —  Despite calls for a 'Caroline's law' against media intrusion, there is little sign change is likely
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
As US newspapers fade, it's time for policymakers, funders, and local communities to seriously consider direct and indirect public funding for local journalism  —  It's been a particularly rough couple of months for those who care about local journalism — which should be every American citizen.
McKinsey Insights & Publications:
Research: women made up 49% of the media and entertainment workforce in 2019, but accounted for 27% of its C-suite positions; news media had similar patterns  —  There are many reasons to care about gender issues in the media and entertainment industry—not the least of which is the importance …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
UK newspaper groups, including the Daily Mail, express concerns that Ofcom's plan to monitor social media posts could result in censorship of their websites  —  News Media Association asks UK government for ‘harmful content’ opt-out for news publishers  —  Newspaper groups fear …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
App Annie: YouTube dominated 70% of time spent on Android phones watching the top 5 streaming apps in 2019; the other four were fueled by viewing time in China  —  YouTube is top dog when it comes to keeping people's attention  —  Here's a fun number to think about: in 2019 …
Hunter Walk:
Tech leaders should stop glib comments on media and acting like underdogs, and tech media should stop “Red Teaming” tech, overusing anonymity, and passing blame  —  Lots of mutual bad faith.  Reporters I respect indulging themselves in screenshotting and quote dunking tech folks, performative for their tribe.
Tim Rogers / Nieman Reports:
How independent Latin American journalists are working around repressive regimes, from exile journalism on Nicaragua to English-language outreach in El Salvador  —  Despite social turmoil, financial woes, and repressive regimes, Latin American reporters are keeping the journalism alive
Discussion: @nicadispatch, @dabeard and @niemanlab
John F. Harris / Politico:
Bernie Sanders' reversal on releasing health records highlights how pervasive the Trump precedent is and the dilution of mainstream media's institutional power  —  Where are those medical records you promised to show us, NBC News' Chuck Todd asked last weekend on “Meet the Press.”
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 More News: 
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Ofcom fines News UK-owned talkRadio £75K after ex-presenter George Galloway breached impartiality rules; talkRadio argued it was too “niche” to warrant a fine
Financial Times:
With falling sales, the Daily Telegraph has moved from the news to the magazine section of WHSmith, raised its price, and pulled out of ABC circulation audit
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