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12:10 PM ET, February 20, 2020

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Daniel Cooper / Engadget:
ViacomCBS to expand CBS All Access with content totaling ~30K episodes of TV and ~1K movies from Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, MTV, Paramount, and others  —  ViacomCBS' rumored new streaming service isn't a new service so much as a massive expansion of CBS All Access.
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The New York Times Company:
NYT announces it has added a breaking news team in London, expanding its Express Desk; the team of five editors and reporters will be led by NYT's Erin McCann  —  The New York Times continues to strengthen its presence in the U.K. with the addition of a breaking news team in London to expand The Times's Express Desk.
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Streamers like Roku and Hulu are subject to much less stringent political ad transparency rules than broadcasters even as campaigns and PACs buy ads on them  —  With more Americans cutting the cord, watchdogs worry that voters lack a full understanding of who's trying to influence them
Discussion: @tonyromm
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Time Magazine expands its Time 100 Summit to two days with revenue from sponsors and access largely limited to members, who pay at least $1,750  —  Time is doubling down on its elite, invitation-only events business.  —  The mag's second annual Time 100 Summit in New York …
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Polk Award winners announced, including The Wichita Eagle, The Baltimore Sun, WaPo's The Afghanistan Papers, and a special award for NYT's The 1619 Project  —  The New York Times received four George Polk Awards on Wednesday, the most of any news organization, including one for The 1619 Project …
Associated Press:
President of broadcaster BeIN Sports, a major sports content buyer, is indicted in connection with Swiss bribery investigation into World Cup television rights  —  The Paris Saint-Germain president, Nasser al-Khelaifi, was charged on Thursday by Swiss federal prosecutors in connection …
Discussion: Reuters, CNN and New York Times
Reuters:
Sources: Thomson Reuters is close to naming former Nielsen president Steve Hasker as its next chief executive, succeeding Jim Smith  —  (Reuters) - Thomson Reuters Corp (TRI.TO) (TRI.N) is close to naming former Nielsen Holdings Plc (NLSN.N) president Steve Hasker as its next chief executive …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Matthew Kassel / Mediaite:
Q&A with Chris Lehmann, who became editor of The New Republic last year, about its redesign, leaning in to its historic role as a magazine of the left, and more  —  When Chris Lehmann became editor of The New Republic last year, he inherited a magazine that was somewhat rudderless.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Report: traditional pay TV operators in the US lost ~6M subscribers in 2019, a decline of 7% YoY, dropping to about 83M by the year's end  —  The U.S. satellite and cable TV business declined at an unprecedented rate last year — with traditional pay-TV providers dropping a staggering 6 million customers, a 7% decline year-over-year.
Discussion: MediaPost and @mcproulx
 
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Pew Research Center:
Survey: 23% of US adults who don't follow political news closely are very concerned about disinformation, compared to 75% of those who do follow news closely
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Study: in Germany, news was the top genre on Apple Podcasts at 23.5% but on Spotify it was the fifth most popular genre at 8.36%, behind comedy and sports
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
An Edinburgh Evening News editor will oversee six Scottish newspapers, including The Scotsman, as JPI Media restructures newsrooms to focus on digital growth
Discussion: Behind Local News UK
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Laura Wagner / VICE:
Vox claims it owns a SB Nation blogger's Twitter account with ~10K followers after an exec took over the contractor's account and changed login credentials
New York Times:
E. Jean Carroll, the Elle magazine advice columnist who last year accused Trump of rape, says she was fired because of Trump's repeated insults against her
The Hill:
The Hill posts its review of 14 John Solomon columns, says in some cases the sources were his own attorneys and he should have been labeled an opinion columnist
Wall Street Journal:
China revokes press credentials of three WSJ reporters, ordering them to leave the country within five days as punishment for a recent opinion piece in the WSJ
New York Times:
US designates Xinhua, CGTN, China Radio, China Daily, and The People's Daily as government entities, subject to the same rules as diplomats stationed in the US