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5:30 PM ET, August 19, 2020


 Top News: 
Asha Barbaschow / ZDNet:
Australia's consumer watchdog says Google is disseminating misinformation as it fights new bargaining rules for Google and news media; Google denies the claim  —  Watchdog calls out Google as touting misinformation while the search giant says the new Media Bargaining Code as drafted is unworkable.
Committee to Protect Journalists:
Ankhi Das, a top Facebook exec in India, filed a criminal complaint against journalist Awesh Tiwari for sharing a WSJ article critical of Das on Facebook  —  Facebook regional director Ankhi Das should withdraw her criminal complaint against journalist Awesh Tiwari, and respect citizens' rights …
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 …
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
NPR says 57M people consume NPR content each week, up 10% YoY, with unique weekly visitors to up 94% and live stream listeners up 39% YoY  —  Since the pandemic took hold in the United States, NPR's radio ratings have taken a nosedive.  Half of AM/FM listening in the United States takes place …
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 …
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Circulation figures for January 2020 show UK publishers Reach, DMGT, and News UK own a combined 90% of the national print newspaper market  —  Two men control more than two-thirds of the UK's print newspaper market: Lord Rothermere and Rupert Murdoch.  —  Lord Rothermere's Daily Mail and General Trust …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: regulators are investigating fundraising for GTV Media Group, a new company with ties to exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui and Steve Bannon  —  Former Trump political adviser and exiled Chinese businessman raised more than $300 million in private offering, Guo says
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 …
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 …
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
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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