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12:45 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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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
CBS All Access and Showtime have 11M subscribers; Pluto TV had 22.4M MAUs in Q4 2019, up 75% YoY; revenue from all three hit $1.6 billion in 2019  —  CBS All Access and Showtime are on track to garner a combined 16 million subscribers by year's end, ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish told investors Thursday.
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.
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
In an email to staff, The California Times, which owns LA Times, announces voluntary buyout packages for employees who have worked there for at least two years  —  New York (CNN Business)The Los Angeles Times is offering its staff voluntary buyouts less than two years after biotech billionaire …
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 …
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.
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
Billboard:
Spotify announces a partnership with event discovery platform Resident Advisor to promote localized event listings within the Spotify app  —  Resident Advisor (RA) has struck a partnership with Spotify that should help get party-goers off their devices and onto the dancefloor.
Discussion: Variety
 
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Peter Winter / A Life of Fiction:
How distribution monopolies, unchecked power to hike ad rates, and owner families using newspapers as personal cash machines led to bankruptcies like McClatchy
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
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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
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