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8:20 AM ET, August 19, 2020

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Brent Lang / Variety:
NBCU vice chairman Ron Meyer steps down after disclosing that he was being extorted over his affair with a woman who threatened to also “falsely implicate” NBCU  —  Ron Meyer is stepping down as vice chairman of NBCUniversal after disclosing that he reached a private settlement …
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Variety:
Sources: NBCU's Ron Meyer had reached a settlement with actress Charlotte Kirk, who was linked to the resignation of Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara in 2019  —  NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer was involved in an affair with actress Charlotte Kirk that ultimately led to his ouster …
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
WPP has hired AT&T's Kirk McDonald as chief executive of North America for its GroupM ad-buying unit; McDonald had been interim head of Xandr  —  Executive move is the latest exit from Warner Media's advertising-technology unit Xandr  —  WPP PLC has hired AT&T Inc.'s Kirk McDonald …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Belarusian Association of Journalists: at least 69 journalists were detained since 9 August, the day of the election, with 36 of those beaten and injured  —  Almost 70 journalists were detained in Belarus and half were beaten and injured after pro-democracy protests began against the contested re-election …
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DW.COM:
After initially failing to cover protests, employees of Belarus state broadcaster went on strike Monday and demanded an end to media censorship
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Netflix says it's testing Shuffle Play, which will randomly play a show you're watching, something you've put on a list, or a title similar to stuff you watched  —  Don't know what you're in the mood to watch?  Netflix's new “Shuffle” feature could help.  The company confirms it's currently testing …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Group Nine's NowThis is launching NowThis Kids aimed at children aged 6 to 11, starting with a YouTube channel, podcast, and newsletter  —  NowThis, the millennial-focused video brand from Group Nine Media, is launching a new brand aimed at children of millennials called “NowThis Kids,” executives tell Axios.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: ViacomCBS is in talks to sell CNET for ~$500M to Red Ventures, which runs consumer sites Bankrate and Reviews.com, as it looks to shed noncore assets  —  Discussions value CNET at about $500 million; media company has been looking to shed noncore assets after last year's merger
Aaron Gordon / The Mail:
Motherboard launches an email newsletter about the US Postal Service and a printed zine on the subject delivered monthly by mail, to run through end of November  —  For years, Motherboard has cared deeply about election security.  We were the first to talk to Guccifer 2.0 …
Charlie Warzel / New York Times:
The White House flood of EOs and pronouncements is meant to be exhausting for media and consumers, requiring careful news coverage and mindful readers  —  Trump is “flooding the zone.”  It's a form of modern censorship.  —  Opinion writer at large.  —  In the Trump era, news doesn't break, it invades.
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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
Variety:
As the flow of new content dries up, studios are capitalizing on demand from streamers by licensing films for shorter, one to three month runs  —  When HBO Max debuted in late May, it made a surprise announcement: The eight original “Harry Potter” films — among the biggest-ever movie franchises …
Peter Weber / The Week:
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez criticizes NBC News for its “totally false and divisive” tweet saying she did not endorse Joe Biden in her DNC speech  —  The Democratic National Convention formally nominated Joe Biden as its presidential candidate on Tuesday night …
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