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1:40 AM ET, November 12, 2020


 Top News: 
The Daily Beast:
The New Yorker has fired staff writer Jeffrey Toobin after an investigation into an incident in which he masturbated during a Zoom call with colleagues  —  The top writer had been suspended last month after exposing himself during a video call with colleagues.
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Newsmax staffers and CEO Chris Ruddy hurl criticism at Fox News as the smaller network tries to draw Fox viewers away  —  Newsmax, which wants to draw viewers away from Fox News, has played up conservative criticisms of the network.  An anchor said Fox is “jumping right into the tank for the left.”
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Hearst names Debi Chirichella as president of its magazines group, a job she has held on an interim basis since the departure of Troy Young  —  Hearst Corp. on Wednesday named Debi Chirichella as president of its magazines group, replacing Troy Young, who resigned in July over explosive allegations …
Mark Bergen / Bloomberg:
Researchers say YouTube's policy loopholes for election videos have led to an onslaught of videos aiming to undermine the legitimacy of the election  —  Google video site says election misinformation policies are ‘generally working as intended’  —  On Monday, cable outlet One America News Network posted …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Lord Grade, a UK government adviser and former BBC Chairman, says the country is moving toward relaxing impartiality rules for news broadcasters  —  British television news channels should no longer be required to meet strict impartiality standards, according to one of the government's own broadcasting advisers.
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Top American political reporters, addicted to conflict and gamesmanship, should take a year or two off, replaced by beat reporters focused on examining policies  —  Our top political reporters must be exhausted.  I suggest they take some time off.  —  Like, a year or two.
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
BuzzFeed deepens its partnership with sex toy maker Bellesa with a branded vibrator called BuzzFeed AirVibe, and will launch a Sex and Love vertical in Q1 2021  —  BuzzFeed's name and signature bright red color will be used to sell a new vibrator this fall in the publisher's latest effort …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's The Spectator reports 2019 revenue of £14.2M, up 7% YoY; 20% drop in newsstand sales and 40% fall in ad sales was compensated by 30% rise in subscriptions  —  The Spectator has revealed that turnover this year is up 8% so far despite the impact of Covid-19 as it published its full-year accounts for 2019.
Discussion: @pressgazette
The Philadelphia Inquirer:
Gabriel Escobar, who has served as editor and vice president at The Philadelphia Inquirer since 2017, has been promoted as its top editor  —  Gabriel Escobar, a longtime journalist who has helped manage a rapid and sometimes tumultuous transformation at The Philadelphia Inquirer …
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Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Profile of Hasan Piker, a progressive Twitch streamer who had 225K+ concurrent viewers at the peak on election night, making him Twitch's most-watched streamer
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Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Facebook and Google have extended their planned one-week bans on political ads, as Trump and GOP continue their claims of voter fraud
Sources: ByteDance's Chinese ad revenue will cross $27.2B this year; Bytedance overtook Baidu in 2019 to become number two in the market, behind Alibaba Group
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
India's Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, which oversees TV programming, will now regulate policies for streaming platforms and digital news outlets
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook says political content makes up about 6% of what is seen on its platform and CrowdTangle measures engagement but doesn't predict reach
Megan Graham / CNBC:
Spotify acquires podcast hosting company Megaphone for $235M, giving all shows currently hosted on Megaphone access to Spotify's ad insertion tech