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6:50 PM ET, November 19, 2020


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
BuzzFeed has agreed to acquire Verizon Media's HuffPost in a stock deal, as part of a larger agreement to syndicate content on each others' platforms  —  New-media companies have been exploring mergers as they try to jumpstart growth  —  BuzzFeed Inc. has agreed to acquire Verizon Media's HuffPost …
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Wonder Woman 1984, originally to be released in June, will simultaneously be released on Dec. 25 in US theaters and on HBO Max, with no added fee on HBO Max  —  One of 2020's last big movies will also be streamed  —  One of 2020's last big blockbusters, Wonder Woman 1984 …
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Linda Pizzuti Henry named CEO of Boston Globe Media Partners, the parent company of The Boston Globe, STAT News, and that she owns with her husband  —  She takes the reins at a time of rising tensions between management and the paper's union.  —  Linda Pizzuti Henry on Wednesday became …
Adrianne Jeffries / The Markup:
Google says it will end preferential search rankings for AMP pages in the spring, but remains “fully committed” to the technology  —  Targeting Trump Fans, QAnon Ad Slips Through Facebook's Filters  —  How Private Is My Pay App?
Noam Scheiber / New York Times:
An influx of celebrities as podcast contractors at The Ringer raises concerns among staff; some say Bill Simmons has shown signs of trying to weaken their union  —  The influx of star podcasters looms over a dispute between the union and managers at the Spotify-owned digital media company founded by Bill Simmons.
Nate Rogers / Stereogum:
How a Spotify change in user preferences, setting autoplay to “on” by default, may have helped obscure songs become fan favorites, with algorithmic help  —  SOUNDING BOARD  —  A couple years ago, Stephen Malkmus walked into a shop and didn't recognize himself.
Jill Goldsmith / Deadline:
Source: ViacomCBS has cut around 100 jobs in latest round of layoffs as part of a streamlining and cost-cutting push due to the merger  —  ViacomCBS has been hit with another round of job cuts as layoffs and restructuring continue across big media and entertainment companies.
Taiwan's broadcast regulator refuses to renew TV license for pro-China Chung T'ien News, citing interference from a major shareholder and failure to fact check  —  - NCC says Chung T'ien News violated broadcast regulations  — TV station says its closure is politically motivated
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Dade Hayes / Deadline:
AMC Networks announces it is laying off nearly 100 people, affecting 10% of US staffers, in a restructuring to streamline linear TV operations with streaming
Discussion: The Wrap and Variety
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
UK Music, which represents the commercial music industry, says the sector's economic contribution could halve in 2020 due to events shutdowns
Nikki Usher / Medium:
Right-wing news appears legitimate to partisans because it looks and feels like journalism with appeals to expertise and slick, professional news production
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Apple lowering its subscription revenue cut for those making under $1M/year in App Store will boost some news publishers' revenue; more details coming in Dec.
Max Willens / Digiday:
Verizon Media Group, which includes Yahoo, HuffPost, TechCrunch, and Engadget, says its commerce revenues are up more than 250% YoY through November
Discussion: MediaPost
Media coverage of COVID-19 hasn't fallen despite a drop in reader interest, which sociologists ascribe to the coverage becoming too redundant and often alarmist