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6:25 PM ET, November 7, 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.
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.
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.
Tom McCarthy / The Guardian:
Fox News, WSJ, and New York Post shifted their tone on Friday, appealing to Trump to preserve his “legacy” by showing grace in defeat  —  Multiple Rupert Murdoch-owned conservative media outlets in the United States have shifted their messaging in a seeming effort to warn readers …
Lara O'Reilly / Digiday:
How California's Prop 24, which passed on Tues. and will replace its current data privacy law, affects publishers, like limiting “sharing” of consumers' data  —  California voters on Tuesday night voted to pass Proposition 24, otherwise known as the California Privacy Rights and Enforcement Act …
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 …
Rachel Del Valle / Nieman Lab:
Parents looking for fact-based reporting on hard-to-explain news are turning to podcast services and podcasts, like Pinna and Vox Explained for Kids  —  Remember the 90s?  Big time for educational content targeted at young people.  PBS Kids premiered in 1994, Time for Kids launched in 1995 …
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 …
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 …
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