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8:45 PM ET, November 6, 2020


 Top News: 
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Two NY Post sources say top editors told some staffers this week to be tougher in their coverage of Trump; Col Allan, the paper's adviser, is retiring next year  —  Rupert Murdoch's tabloid has turned critical as the president seems headed to defeat.  Col Allan, a wizard there, says he plans to retire next year.
Fox News memos direct talent not to call Biden “President-elect” when the race is called and instead say he “has enough electoral votes to win the presidency”  —  New York (CNN Business)Fox News is instructing its anchors not to call Joe Biden the “President-elect” …
New York Times:
ABC, CBS, NBC, and MSNBC cut away from Trump's news conference on Thursday to correct his many false claims, while CNN and Fox News carried it live  —  Fox News and CNN stuck with the White House news conference, but reported afterward that the president offered no evidence for his accusations of vote fraud.
Peter Maass / The Intercept:
With Trump's apparent defeat in sight, the Fox News network and the Murdoch family face far more critical scrutiny than they ever have in the US  —  A behind-the-scenes struggle that could determine the extent of post-election violence in America is breaking into the open, but it's not at the White House or inside the GOP.
Cam Wilson / Business Insider Australia:
How Sky News Australia built a large digital audience, working with Facebook and YouTube, by focusing on partisan opinion content aimed at a global audience
New York Times:
Trump and advisers erupted when Fox News called AZ for Biden; source: Jared Kushner called Rupert Murdoch; Jason Miller asked for a retraction that didn't come
Scott Nover / Adweek:
Profile of Decision Desk HQ, the first outlet to call the 2020 and 2016 presidential elections, which makes money by providing data to other media companies  —  The company was founded in 2012 by a former truck dispatcher  —  The US presidential election is taking a long time to wrap up.
Elsa Keslassy / Variety:
Netflix is testing Direct, its linear channel with real-time, scheduled programming from its library, which is accessible on its site to subscribers, in France  —  Netflix has chosen France to test its first channel offering.  —  Named Direct, the linear channel — which is only available to subscribers …
Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
Twitter permanently bans Steve Bannon's @WarRoomPandemic and YouTube pulls episode of his show after he called for execution of FBI director Wray and Dr. Fauci  —  Former Presidential advisor and right-wing pundit Steve Bannon had his show suspended from Twitter and an episode removed …
Elaine Low / Variety:
ViacomCBS to sunset smaller streaming services, among them MTV Hits; NickHits, Comedy Central Now, and Noggin will likely be absorbed into Paramount+  —  Amid some skepticism from Wall Street, ViacomCBS executives spent most of its third-quarter earnings call hawking its streaming capabilities …
Sahil Patel / Wall Street Journal:
As smart TVs become more popular, advertisers want the advantages of better targeting while avoiding the privacy mistakes made by the online ad industry  —  Marketers hope to avoid the mistakes made by the broader online ad industry  —  Advertisers entering the burgeoning medium of streaming TV …
Discussion: @davemorgannyc
Sources: Apple and Sony each held talks about acquiring podcast network Wondery, which seeks a possible $300M-$400M sale; Spotify has pulled out of the running  —  - Company seeking $300 million to $400 million in potential sale  — A purchase could become the biggest deal yet in podcasting
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Discovery Q3: net income rises to $300M from $262M on revenue of $2.6B, down 4% YoY; CEO says new streaming service will be unveiled in December  —  Discovery plans to offer full details on its soon-to-launch streaming service in December, the company's top executive said Thursday …
Discussion: Deadline and The Wrap
Jacob Kastrenakes / The Verge:
In a survey, Spotify hints at plans for a subscription podcast service; the survey describes at least four plans, ranging from $3 to $8 per month  —  No music included  —  Spotify appears to be interested in launching a subscription podcast service that would offer access to original shows or exclusive episodes for a monthly fee.
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Sameer Yasir / New York Times:
As India falls two places on the global press freedom index, Arnab Goswami, an anchor of India's Republic TV, has been detained on charges of abetting a suicide
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Edmund Lee / New York Times:
NYT hits 7M subscribers as digital-only subscriber revenue tops print subscriber revenue, a first; Q3 net income doubled to $33.6M on revenue of $426.9M