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10:00 AM ET, August 24, 2020


 Top News: 
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.
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.
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  —  Mr. Pecker is out as chief executive of American Media after two-decade tenure  —  David Pecker is stepping down as chief executive …
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
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  —  Over the past year, Spotify has dominated the podcast news space with headlines about big investments in new shows hosted by A-list celebrities.
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
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  —  This week, Group Nine's brands NowThis and The Dodo both launched two new verticals that both debuted with exclusive launch partners.
Discussion: @media_evan
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.
Daniel Drepper / @danieldrepper:
Ippen Digital Group will take over BuzzFeed Germany and all its staff  —  We've found a buyer for BuzzFeed Germany! I'm very happy it's a journalistic institution that values and supports our work, including the investigations. The Ippen Digital Group takes on the brand and all staff members. Very much looking forward to it. More (in German) below.
Discussion: @tseymat and @danieldrepper
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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
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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
Tim Schwab / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at the correlation between $250M+ in journalism grants the Gates Foundation has made and the overwhelmingly positive coverage the foundation has received
Alex Kantrowitz / OneZero:
Q&A with Verge's Casey Newton on newsletter writing and how trust in tech press is eroded by algorithms, including Twitter's amplification of “snarky bastards”
Karlene Lukovitz / MediaPost:
Digital Entertainment Group: total consumer home entertainment spending was up 26% YoY to $15.1B in H1 2020 with spending on digital formats up 37% YoY
Discussion: FierceVideo and Multichannel News