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1:40 PM ET, February 25, 2020


 Top News: 
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
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.”
Dawn Chmielewski / Forbes:
Profile of Nickelodeon president Brian Robbins, who is trying to revitalize the channel by bringing in YouTubers like Annie LeBlanc and the 8 year-old Ryan Kaji  —  As the opening strains of the Ryan's Mystery Playdate theme song begin to play in this San Fernando Valley soundstage …
Discussion: @forbes
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
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  —  AMC Networks has set a new carriage pact with Dish and Sling TV that expands the distribution of AMC's growing portfolio of subscription streaming services.
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
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  —  It's hard to say that Native Americans have, historically, gotten the kind of journalism they deserve.
Tomás Mier /
The Oprah Winfrey Show will launch a podcast on March 3, making 25 years of episodes from the talk show available to stream  —  The first 10 episodes to be released will feature special guests Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil and Suze Orman  —  You get a podcast and you get a podcast!
Discussion: The Wrap and @loudmouthjulia
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: Reuters
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  —  - Top 10 lists will be rolled out after tests in U.K. and Mexico  — New feature will appear in the service and be updated daily
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  —  Google has long pitched YouTube as an alternative to traditional TV advertising, but it's never managed to make a move into the $170 billion global TV ad market itself.
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  —  A new set of laws in Albania empowers a government agency to review citizen complaints about online news websites.
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Kate Linthicum / Los Angeles Times:
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sources: Shep Smith has held exploratory talks with CNN, ABC News, and MSNBC about future work; Smith's Fox News non-compete is said to expire in June or July
Sources: the US is debating how severely to respond to Beijing expelling three WSJ reporters, weighing whether to oust Chinese journalists and, if so, how many
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