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6:40 PM ET, November 16, 2020


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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Hicks Equity Partners, a PE firm with ties to a co-chair of RNC, has held talks in recent months about acquiring and investing in Newsmax  —  Hicks Equity Partners, a firm with ties to a co-chair of the Republican National Committee, is pitching investors on a new conservative news channel
Tina Nguyen / Politico:
The race between far-right media outlets like OANN and Newsmax over which will embrace Trumpism the most heats up, as Fox News gets blamed for Trump's defeat  —  MAGA nation may be turning its back on Fox News — but it doesn't know where to go.  —  Parler, the “free speech” …
Clio Chang / Columbia Journalism Review:
Profile of Substack, whose founders insist it is a platform, not a media company, and say there is less need for moderation as readers opt in to newsletters  —  Did a newsletter company create a more equitable media system—or replicate the flaws of the old one?
Patrice Peck / Wired:
A journalist's account of starting “Coronavirus News for Black Folks”, and how Black people have long had to use DIY media to work around slow, mainstream press
Kate Storey / Esquire:
Over a dozen CNN insiders, including Wolf Blitzer, Dana Bash, and Abby Phillip, on how CNN covered the longest and most dramatic Election Week in recent memory  —  As Election Night 2020 bled into Election Week, the talking heads on CNN became something like members of our families.
Financial Times:
Privacy campaigner Max Schrems files complaints in Spain and Germany claiming Apple's IDFA ad tracking tools unlawfully track users without consent  —  Austrian activist files complaints with German and Spanish data protection authorities  —  Apple is breaking EU law by enabling iPhone users …
Jeremy Fuster / The Wrap:
Patricia Escárcega, LA Times' first Latinx food critic, denounces the paper, accusing it of paying her significantly less than her white male counterpart  —  Los Angeles Times food critic Patricia Escarcega denounced the newspaper in a Twitter thread on Sunday, accusing her employers …
Jennifer Maas / The Wrap:
WarnerMedia says HBO Max will be available on Amazon Fire devices from November 17  —  WarnerMedia-owned streaming service will be available beginning Tuesday  —  HBO Max will be available on Amazon Fire TV devices beginning Tuesday, Nov. 17, the streaming service said Monday.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Interview with President Macron on free speech and secularism, as he accuses the English-language press of “legitimizing” the violence of terrorist attacks  —  After terrorist attacks, France's leader accuses the English-language media of “legitimizing this violence.”
Zheping Huang / Bloomberg:
Baidu says it will buy Joyy's Chinese livestreaming business YY Live, which touts 4M paying users who can tip their favorite performers, for ~$3.6B  —  Baidu Inc. agreed to buy Joyy Inc.'s livestreaming business for China, a deal that will mark the search engine giant's biggest foray into the fastest-growing arena of digital video.
Discussion: TechCrunch
Elaine Low / Variety:
NBC's co-president of scripted programming Tracey Pakosta is leaving the company to join Netflix as its head of comedy  —  After nearly a decade at NBCUniversal, NBC's co-president of scripted programming Tracey Pakosta is leaving the company to join Netfix as its head of comedy.
Discussion: The Wrap and Hollywood Reporter
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FTC plans hearing on proposed ‘click to cancel’ subscription rule  —  The Federal Trade Commission will hold a hearing in January during which six organizations will explain their opposition to proposed “click to cancel” subscription rules.
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Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
Beatrice Springborn, most recently VP of content development at Hulu, named as the new president of NBCUniversal's Universal Content Productions
Discussion: Variety and Hollywood Reporter
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Hulu says it will raise the price of its Hulu+ Live TV service from $55 to $65 per month on December 18
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Sridhar Pappu / New York Times:
Profile of Savannah Guthrie, co-host of NBC's Today show, whose status was heightened after her tough questioning of Trump at a crucial point of the campaign