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7:00 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.
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.  —  Instead of taking 30% of new subscribers' payments, it'll take 15%.  The money's welcome, but it's also a reminder …
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
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