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8:45 AM ET, February 18, 2020


 Top News: 
Financial Times:
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
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Bloomberg reporters say the EIC's decision to not investigate Michael Bloomberg left them vulnerable and wonder what a President Bloomberg may mean for the pub  —  Michael Bloomberg's rise in the polls has increased the pressure on political reporters employed by his news outlet.
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
As Caroline Flack's death sparked anger at tabloid coverage, UK's Reach offered help to targeted staff and to remove links to their Twitter accounts in bylines  —  The death by suicide of TV presenter Caroline Flack has seen renewed anger towards tabloid newspapers over recent coverage of the Love Island host.
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
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 …
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed News:
Facebook allowing sponsored content for political campaigns with little oversight further muddies the waters, as #sponsored labels are often difficult to spot  —  This week, Instagram meme accounts like @fuckjerry and @tank.sinatra posted sponsored ads for former New York mayor Michael …
Rebecca Jennings / Vox:
A look at influencer gossip accounts, which occupy a new media landscape where the line between reporting and brand building is very thin  —  They just might be the future of media.  —  If you were following the almost definitely not legally binding wedding of YouTubers Jake Paul …
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 …
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Axel Springer survey finds European publishers are seeing modest subscription gains from platforms run by Facebook, Apple, and Google  —  Facebook, Google and Apple now have more ways to drive subscriptions, but in Europe at least, the impact is still negligible.
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 …
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Rachel Abrams / New York Times:
White House proposes cutting public broadcasting funds from $30M in 2021 to $0 in 2023; Republican chairman of NPR's board says public media is not in danger
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
Tim Rogers / Nieman Reports:
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