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8:25 PM ET, February 25, 2020


 Top News: 
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
As The Markup launches, a look at its commitment to a scientific approach of amassing evidence, sharing methods, and providing data for other researchers  —  After a false start, the unconventional team of algorithm investigators is ready to dive deep.  “I've heard that we are tying …
The Walt Disney Co.:
Bob Chapek has been named CEO of The Walt Disney Company, effective immediately; Bob Iger will serve as executive chairman through 2021  —  1 BOB CHAPEK NAMED CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY Robert A. Iger Assumes Role of Executive Chairman through 2021 Mr. Iger Will Direct …
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Bob Iger's timing as he steps down is a head scratcher, but Disney is telling Wall Street and consumers that they shouldn't expect anything to change soon  —  Bob Iger, left, is stepping down as Disney CEO.  The man standing next to him, Bob Chapek, is replacing him.  Screenshot via Disney
Elaine Low / Variety:
Hulu chief marketing officer Kelly Campbell has been promoted to president, reporting to Kevin Mayer, Disney's direct-to-consumer and international chairman  —  Hulu's chief marketing officer Kelly Campbell has been promoted to president of Hulu, a move that comes in the wake of Randy Freer's recent exit as CEO of the company.
Gabe Bullard / Nieman Reports:
Magazines like Harvard Business Review, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The Economist are increasingly using narrated articles to boost reach and retention  —  How Harvard Business Review, The New Yorker, and The Economist use audio to boost reach and retention
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Comcast acquires Xumo, an ad-supported video streaming service that has about 10M users, source says for over $100M  —  - Comcast is buying free ad-supported streaming service Xumo for more than $100 million.  — Comcast's interest in Xumo stems from its partnerships with smart television manufacturers and streaming technology.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Investor group that includes Searchlight Capital and led by former Viacom CFO Wade Davis agrees to acquire a 64% stake in Univision; Davis to become CEO  —  The Spanish-language media giant last summer said it would entertain offers from potential buyers as part of an exploration of “strategic options.”
Brian Cathcart / Byline Times:
How the Mail on Sunday admitted that it published a defamatory story about a beautician, but still dragged her through court before losing the libel suit  —  Brian Cathcart on how the Sunday tabloid admitted that it published a false defamatory story about a member of the public, but still dragged her through court.
Discussion: @campbellclaret and @simonfanshawe
Wayne Friedman / MediaPost:
NBCUniversal launches One Platform, a unified platform for buying TV and digital ads  —  Just in time for this spring/summer upfront advertising buying season — as well as for its new ad-supported streaming platform, Peacock, which starts in April — NBCUniversal is launching its new …
Discussion: AdExchanger and Reuters
P R Sanjai / BloombergQuint:
Disney's Hotstar blocks an episode of John Oliver's show in India that criticized Narendra Modi  —  (Bloomberg) — An episode of John Oliver's show that criticized Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been blocked in India by Hotstar, the local platform run by Walt Disney Co.  —  Bloomberg
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Source: MSNBC plans “to seek out more smart, pro-Sanders voices”, shifting coverage amid criticism, as Sen. Bernie Sanders has surged over the last couple weeks  —  With Bernie rally coverage, Bernie-friendly guests, and a mandate to “seek out more smart, pro-Sanders voices,” …
Dino-Ray Ramos / Deadline:
MSNBC's Chris Matthews apologized on air to Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday after backlash for comments he made comparing Sanders' Nevada win to Nazi invasion
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Thomson Reuters names former Nielsen President Steve Hasker as its CEO and president, succeeding Jim Smith
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
AMC Networks sets a new carriage deal with Dish and Sling TV that expands the distribution of its six linear channels and streaming services
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and The Desk
Lara O'Reilly / Digiday:
Sources: France's third largest telecom, Bouygues, awarded a contract to Google to develop a targeted TV ad system using data from Bouygues' set-top TV boxes
Elidor Mehilli / The Conversation:
Albania passes new “anti-defamation package” laws against disinformation, targeting the websites of online media outlets but not social media platforms
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Report for America, which currently supports ten journalists covering Native American communities, says it plans to help fund nine more journalists this year
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Kate Linthicum / Los Angeles Times:
How Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega is strangling the country's oldest newspaper, La Prensa, using tactics like holding up newsprint and ink supplies
Nick Turner / Bloomberg:
Netflix says it will launch top 10 lists to rank the most popular shows and movies, updated daily, after testing the feature in Mexico and the UK
Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
Sources: in a meeting, The Young Turks co-founder Cenk Uygur urged staff not to unionize, arguing a union doesn't belong at a small, struggling news network
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Harvey Weinstein is convicted on two of five charges: criminal sexual assault in the first degree and rape in the third degree; he will be sentenced on March 11