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10:25 AM ET, August 18, 2020

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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
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.
Brian Bumbery / Apple:
Apple renames Beats 1, its streaming radio station, Apple Music 1 and launches two new radio stations: Apple Music Hits and Apple Music Country  —  Apple Music 1 and two new stations, Apple Music Hits and Apple Music Country, feature exclusive original shows from the world's top music hosts and artists
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.
Seb Joseph / Digiday:
To make up for lost ticket sales, sports clubs are using Facebook's Fan Subscription Pages to sell content like streams of games and interviews with players  —  In the scramble to replace revenue lost to the coronavirus pandemic, some sports clubs are selling content exclusively on Facebook.
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 …
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.
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 …
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. …
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.
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 …
 
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