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8:45 AM ET, August 18, 2020

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Amber Neely / AppleInsider:
Apple launches its first Apple TV+ bundle, allowing users to add CBS All Access and Showtime for an additional $9.99 a month  —  Apple has launched its first Apple TV+ bundle, allowing users to add in CBS All Access and Showtime for an additional $9.99 a month.
Andrew Bucholtz / Awful Announcing:
Former Sports Illustrated owner Meredith is suing its current owner TheMaven for alleged breach of contract, claiming over $1M in unpaid fees  —  The latest development with under-fire Sports Illustrated operator TheMaven has them being sued for over a million dollars in unpaid fees by former SI owner Meredith.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
The Ellen DeGeneres Show says three executive producers have “parted ways” with the show, amid allegations of sexual harassment and intimidation  —  “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” has overhauled its senior production team in the wake of accusations of racial insensitivity …
Megan Janetsky / Poynter:
The pandemic is throwing international reporting into a crisis, mostly affecting freelancers' work and turning large swaths of the world into news deserts  —  I was in rural Guatemala following the lives of former migrants when the pandemic hit like a sledgehammer.
Nathan Crooks / Bloomberg:
TikTok starts a Twitter account and website, aggregating positive news stories, to “set the record straight” about “misinformation” regarding TikTok  —  TikTok said Monday that it started a website and Twitter account to address what it called rumors in real time …
Andy Kroll / Rolling Stone:
An in-depth look at how Fox News and Sean Hannity propagated a conspiracy theory about DNC staffer Seth Rich, leading to heartbreak and turmoil for his family  —  He was almost home.  In the early-morning hours of July 10th, 2016, Seth Rich walked alone across northwest Washington, D.C. …
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
As the pandemic destroys ad revenue, some publishers, like Bustle, Thrillist, and The Strategist, are seeing success in affiliate and commerce deals  —  With advertising revenue down across the board during the continuing coronavirus crisis, publishers are relying more on revenue cultivated from readers …
Alex Shephard / New Republic:
By embracing conservative talking points about government agencies, media missed the story about the decimation of USPS long before Trump was elected  —  Four months ago, the United States Postal Service warned Congress that it could run out of money by September, requesting a $75 billion bailout amid …
Lenfest Institute for Journalism:
Independent, non-partisan newsrooms PA Post and Spotlight PA merge to create the largest statewide news organization in Pennsylvania  —  HARRISBURG, Pa. - Two independent, non-partisan news organizations in Pennsylvania — PA Post and Spotlight PA — are combining to become a single …
Karlene Lukovitz / MediaPost:
Magnite survey: around 40% of “persuadable” undecided voters do not subscribe to cable or satellite TV, but 70% subscribe to an ad-supported streaming service  —  Some 40% of “persuadable” voters — meaning the 30% who identify as independent or undecided — do not subscribe to cable or satellite TV.
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
Report: former UK culture secretary Nicky Morgan has emerged as a frontrunner for the position of chair of BBC, with the incumbent's term ending in February  —  Former U.K. culture secretary Nicky Morgan has emerged as an early frontrunner for the position of chair of public service broadcaster BBC …
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Jay Rosen / PressThink:
As Trump sabotages USPS, media organizations should take everything they were going to spend on the conventions and use it for covering the threat to democracy  —  On March 19 of this year we alerted readers to a shift in our coverage of Donald Trump's presidency.
 
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Nikita Richardson / Grub Street:
Interview with Tammie Teclemariam, a freelancer whose Twitter feed became the “Page Six” of food media since she tweeted a photo of Adam Rapoport in brown face
Bloomberg:
The Democratic National Convention will become a TV-only production in the COVID-19 era, with live feeds and prerecorded speeches replacing in-person events
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Verizon and Disney expand their partnership to give away a Disney+, Hulu, and ESPN bundle on two of Verizon's most expensive unlimited plans
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New York Times:
As a US ban looms, TikTok partners with music distribution company UnitedMasters to let creators distribute songs directly to streaming platforms
Jamie Smyth / Financial Times:
Google warns Australians that a plan to make it pay for news content threatens privacy, free Search and YouTube; ACCC says the open letter contains misinfo