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4:00 PM ET, August 24, 2020


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Following the DNC, Republicans are rushing to finalize their convention, promising a more traditional in-person spectacle, leaving some TV networks in the dark  —  The party is promising a more traditional in-person spectacle with President Trump speaking every night.
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
As the RNC shapes up to be a “major medical and political disinformation event”, networks should be ready to cut away when Trump and his allies start lying  —  In June—with Roy Cooper, the Democratic governor of North Carolina, refusing, due to the pandemic …
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
AG Barr allegedly told Rupert Murdoch to “muzzle” Andrew Napolitano, a Fox News analyst and Trump critic, last October according to a new book by Brian Stelter  —  The attorney general, William Barr, told Rupert Murdoch to “muzzle” Andrew Napolitano, a prominent Fox News personality …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Brian Stelter, whose new book Hoax explores the symbiotic ties between Fox News and Trump, says he was struck by the number of Fox staffers who miss Roger Ailes  —  If anyone was born to write a juicy book about the democracy-threatening relationship between Fox News and Donald Trump, it had to be Brian Stelter.
Jay Rosen / @jayrosen_nyu:
[Thread] Examples of local TV stations getting duped into covering QAnon events as “just folks” demonstrating against human trafficking  —  Here's an example of local TV (@WNEP, an ABC affiliate in Scranton, PA) getting duped into covering a QAnon event as a “just folks” demonstration against human trafficking. These events happened all over the country today.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Profile of Zeynep Tufekci, a sociologist and contributing writer at The Atlantic, who was prescient on major issues like the CDC's erroneous mask advice  —  Ms. Tufekci, a computer programmer who became a sociologist, sounded an early alarm on the need for protective masks.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Netflix and others are taking advantage of the global shortage of new TV shows to outbid British channels, raising questions about future TV schedules  —  Streaming services such as Netflix take advantage of Covid production shutdown  —  Streaming services such as Netflix are taking advantage …
Discussion: Digital TV Europe
Daniel Holloway / Variety:
Audible debuts Audible Plus, a $7.95/month tier with unlimited access to a library of 11K+ titles spanning audiobooks, podcasts, and original productions  —  Audible has announced a new service that will provide unlimited listening to a curated library of audio entertainment.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Cancelation of Hasan Minhaj's Patriot Act shows streaming services like Netflix are yet to figure out how to make topical talk shows work  —  Not all TV formats work on streaming  —  On Tuesday, comedian Hasan Minhaj announced that after two years and six seasons, Netflix canceled Patriot Act.
Discussion: @brokenbottleboy and @kyriacosonyx
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John Koetsier / Forbes:
Security research firm Snyk alleges that Chinese ad network Mintegral committed ad click fraud via its SDK across billions of installs of 1,200+ iOS apps
Leo Barraclough / Variety:
Berlin Film Festival says its performance awards will be gender-neutral for next year's edition, which will be a physical event in February
Discussion: The Wrap
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Group Nine has closed five longterm partnership deals in the past year that give brands exclusive advertising for 6-12 months after verticals launch or relaunch
Discussion: @media_evan
Leo Schwartz / Rest of World:
DirecTV Venezuela, which had 10M users before closing in May due to US sanctions, resumed services after Chile-based Scale Capital acquired local operations
Max Willens / Digiday:
A number of counterfeit shows that copy the names of popular podcasts like “Serial” are being distributed via Spotify-owned podcast hosting service Anchor
 Earlier Picks: 
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Live TV viewership of the Democratic National Convention fell 17.6% from 2016, with average nightly audience of 21.6M viewers; Biden's speech drew 24.6M viewers
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
American Media's David Pecker, who OK'ed hush-money payments to women who had affairs with Trump, is out as CEO; AMI to merge with logistics firm Accelerate 360
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: CBS is seeking ~$5.5M for Super Bowl ads, requiring telecast advertisers to appear in the online stream, and promising refunds in case of cancelation