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3:40 PM ET, March 3, 2020


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Chris Matthews abruptly announces his retirement amid his MSNBC talk show Hardball, after a string of recent controversies  —  (CNN Business)Chris Matthews, one of the country's best-known political talk show hosts, is retiring from MSNBC, effective immediately, after a string of recent controversies on and off the air.
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
The Australian Associated Press to close on June 26 after 85 years in operation, with ~180 jobs lost, as major shareholders Nine and News Corp find it unviable  —  Chief executive of Australian Associated Press tells staff the news agency, which has operated since 1935, is closing on 26 June
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Sky signs a non-exclusive multiyear deal with Disney to make Disney+ available on its Sky Q box and on its streaming service, Now TV, in the UK and Ireland  —  Fan websites want release of No Time to Die put back to summer as Disney cancels new streaming service launch event
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
With ~430 staff, The Athletic has likely the largest stable of sportswriters in media, but it isn't profitable, making its failure a risk for sports journalism  —  Jon Greenberg, a Chicago-based sportswriter, had just closed on his new house in 2015 when he was laid off by ESPN.
New York Times:
US restricts to 100 the number of Chinese citizens who can work in the US for five state-controlled Chinese new orgs, including Xinhua; ~160 work in the US now  —  The new rule could effectively force 60 Chinese citizens to leave the United States in a tit-for-tat campaign between Washington …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Free streaming service Tubi partners with Enseo, an in-room entertainment platform provider, to bring Tubi to 20+ hotel and resort brands, like Hyatt and Hilton  —  Tubi is taking its ad-supported VOD on the road.  —  The free streaming service is launching directly on TVs …
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Former Esquire editor Tyler Cabot launches The Chronicles of Now, a startup that uses fictional pieces to explain news from a fresh perspective  —  Tyler Cabot's “The Chronicles of Now” launched Monday, promising readers “short fiction torn from today's headlines” and delivering a selection …
Discussion: Nieman Reports
Michael Ordoña / Los Angeles Times:
Netflix announces Netflix is a Joke Fest, a weeklong comedy festival in LA from April 27 to May 3; 11 of the live shows will stream on Netflix at a later date  —  Netflix is known for going big or going home — whether that means its original programming slate, awards campaigns or subscriber base.
Lili Bayer / Politico:
Internal emails show Hungarian state media told staff to seek permission to report on Greta Thunberg and EU politics, and banned mentions of leading NGOs  —  Activists condemn ‘censorship’ revealed in leaked emails.  —  Hungarian state media bosses told staff they need permission to report …
Jack Nicas / New York Times:
Study: YouTube has reduced recommendations of some conspiracy theories like flat earth and QAnon but has let others flourish for topics like climate change  —  A new study examines YouTube's efforts to limit the spread of conspiracy theories on its site, from videos claiming the end times are near to those questioning climate change.
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Jess Barnes / Cord Cutters News:
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Publishers Weekly:
A look at the disruption COVID-19 is causing in the book world, affecting international book fairs and causing supply chain issues in book manufacturing
Joshua Franklin / Reuters:
Sources: Warner Music Group has delayed its IPO slated for this week, where it was expected to raise more than $1B, due to concerns over the coronavirus
Business Insider:
Sources: Bloomberg News' former editor Al Hunt continued in his position for years despite at least two settlements with women who complained about him
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Major US newsrooms, including CNN, NYT, and WSJ, are limiting overseas travel and asking journalists to take precautions due to the spread of coronavirus
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New York Times:
NYT reporters and editors including Chief White House Correspondent Peter Baker discuss what they do in their personal lives to maintain political impartiality
Chris Welch / The Verge:
AT&T TV launches across the US after rolling out in over a dozen markets last year, with prices that start at $49.99/month but go up dramatically after a year
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Sports streaming service DAZN to expand to 200 countries, including the UK, on May 2, with an initial focus on boxing
Ben Smith / New York Times:
The success of the NYT may be bad news for journalism, as it crowds out rivals; sources: NYT in talks to acquire Serial Productions, likely for less than $75M