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2:50 PM ET, October 13, 2020


 Top News: 
Sara Fischer / Axios:
WaPo's new election modeling tool will help determine where votes remain uncounted and if election is too close to call, as outlets move away from calling races  —  The Washington Post has created a vote modeling tool that will help the newsroom determine with reasonable confidence if an election …
Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
Disney announces a major reorg, says its “primary focus” for entertainment will be streaming, as the pandemic has dramatically impacted its theatrical business  —  - Disney is restructuring its media and entertainment divisions.  — In order to further accelerate it's direct …
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
As part of restructuring, Disney forms content groups for major film franchises, general entertainment, and sports, as well as a centralized distribution arm
Emma Goldberg / New York Times:
Profile of The Babylon Bee, a conservative answer to The Onion, which initially mocked Trump but now finds itself with an “insatiable desire to own the libs”  —  The comedy site, a conservative answer to ‘The Onion,’ used to have Trump squarely in its cross hairs.
Charlie Nash / Mediaite:
NYT Guild apologized on Sunday after denouncing an NYT column from Bret Stephens that said “the 1619 Project has failed”
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Bon Appétit relaunches its YouTube channel with a diverse slate of new chefs after several hosts quit over allegations of racial inequity  —  Bon Appétit relaunched its YouTube channel Tuesday with a diverse slate of new chef-hosts after months of turmoil and the exit …
Frank Pallotta / CNN:
AMC Theatres says existing cash resources would be “largely depleted” by the end of 2020 or early 2021 due to reduced movie slate and attendance, down 85% YoY  —  New York (CNN Business)Illustrating how dire the situation is for the movie theater industry, the world's largest theater chain …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
The NYT, WSJ, WaPo, and other major outlets are refusing to send reporters to travel with Trump this week amid lack of assurance of COVID-19 safety protocols  —  Newspapers and networks are wary of exposing their staff members to the president and his aides, saying they do not have assurance …
Andrew Morse / CNET:
Flipboard launches Curator Pro, which provides Flipboard Magazine creators with metrics like a 30-day history of most-opened stories and most-shared stories  —  The new features are part of the news aggregator's efforts to refine curation on the app.  —  Flipboard, a popular news aggregator app …
Discussion: Flipboard and Adweek
Jim Roberts / The 74:
Former Cheddar EIC Jim Roberts has joined The 74, a nonprofit news site covering education in the US, as its new publisher and chief strategy officer  —  Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the United States has measured its impact in terms of the many thousands lives lost …
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Right-wing YouTuber Steven Crowder has made a comeback after demonetization last summer, gaining nearly 1M subs, showing the unevenness of YouTube's enforcement  —  A year in YouTube's penalty box worked out well for Steven Crowder.  —  Crowder—one of the most popular conservative voices …
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Facebook announces a global policy banning anti-vaccination ads but will allow ads that advocate for legislation around vaccination policies
Stephanie Sengwe / The Streamable:
Netflix has stopped offering its 30-day free trial across all markets
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: USAGM has withheld ~$20M from OTF; emails show it's contacted OTF grantees to apply to work for a new agency called Office of Internet Freedom instead
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Ginny Marvin / Search Engine Land:
Google adds YouTube to its Google Ads attribution reporting and expands its data-driven attribution model to more advertisers
Discussion: Adweek, The Keyword and MediaPost
Maria Arias / Axios:
WH Chief of Staff Mark Meadows refused to speak to reporters outside Amy Coney Barrett's confirmation hearing after they requested that he keep his face mask on
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBCUniversal consolidates ad sales for its local stations and regional sports outlets under its ad-sales chief Linda Yaccarino