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7:35 PM ET, May 19, 2020


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Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Joe Rogan's podcast, which he said had ~190M downloads/month in 2019, will become a Spotify exclusive this year; his YouTube will no longer have full episodes  —  A massive gain for the platform  —  Joe Rogan, comedian and host of one of the most popular podcasts in the world, is taking his show to Spotify.
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Source: Joe Rogan's Spotify deal will likely be worth $100M+, depending on performance metrics; his full library becomes exclusive to Spotify before end of year  —  His full library, dating back 11 years, is to hit the service Sept. 1, and become exclusive to Spotify after that, before the end of the year
Sources: Apple is buying older movies and shows for Apple TV+ to build a back catalog; as of February it had ~10M subscribers but only half actively used it  —  - Company wants to create back catalog to complement originals  — TV+, launched in November, had 10 million sign-ups by February
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Source: Greyhound, a Tom Hanks World War II movie Sony planned for theatrical release on Father's Day, to premiere on Apple TV+ after an auction and a $70M deal
Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism:
Survey: 22% of UK adults say they often or actively avoid the news, up from 15% in April, of which 86% try to avoid COVID-19 news at least some of the time  —  Dr Antonis Kalogeropoulos  —  This is the third factsheet of the UK COVID-19 news and information project.  —  Key Findings
Sara Fischer / Axios:
NYT says it will stop using third-party data to target ads in 2021, building a first-party data platform instead, starting with 45 proprietary audience segments  —  The New York Times will no longer use 3rd-party data to target ads come 2021, executives tell Axios, and it is building out a proprietary first-party data platform.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR regional collaborations in the Midwest, serving 25 stations, and California, serving 17, receive $4.7M donation from Eric and Wendy Schmidt  —  At a time of widespread layoffs and cutbacks throughout the local news business, a pair of philanthropists is seeking to promote more local coverage …
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Though Ben Smith says issues with Farrow's reporting stem from demands of “resistance journalism”, it's the cult of journalistic celebrity that hinders scrutiny  —  “Is Ronan Farrow too good to be true?”  With that question—which, let's be honest, we've all thought at one point or another …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Ronan Farrow, while producing revelatory reporting, often omits inconvenient details in his stories and at times suggests conspiracies he cannot prove
Sara Guaglione / MediaPost:
Lee Enterprises receives notice from NYSE for failing to maintain an average share price of at least $1 and an average market cap of $50M in the last 30 days  —  Newspaper publisher Lee Enterprises, Inc. received notice from the New York Stock Exchange last week that it is not in compliance …
Scott Nover / Adweek:
Google Preferred to be replaced by YouTube Select, a global offering for premium advertisers with a package specifically for YouTube content on connected TVs  —  Called YouTube Select, it includes connected TV usage for the first time  —  Key Insight:  — The offering will help Google monetize …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
In Q4'19, members of UK Association of Online Publishers saw revenue drop 6.2% YoY; ad revenue drop 22%; subscription revenue up 24%, sponsorship revenue up 10%  —  Digital publishing revenues were down in the final quarter of 2019, before the coronavirus broke out in Europe and the US …
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
Data shows 157 newsrooms in Australia have closed temporarily or for good since January 2019, as the pandemic deepens the media crisis in the country  —  As BuzzFeed News shutters its Australian operation, data shows 157 newsrooms have closed temporarily or for good since early 2019
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Canela Media launches Canela TV, an ad-supported streaming service with 8,000 hours of content aimed at Hispanics living in the US  —  Digital media tech company Canela Media said it is launching Canela TV, a free, ad supported streaming service aimed at the 60 million Hispanics living in the U.S.
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New York Times:
Disney's top streaming exec, Kevin Mayer, resigns to become CEO of TikTok and COO of parent company ByteDance; Disney names Rebecca Campbell as his successor  —  Kevin Mayer will lead the Chinese-owned app for making and sharing short videos, which has exploded in popularity during the pandemic.
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David Cohen / Adweek:
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