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2:20 AM ET, November 28, 2020


 Top News: 
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
The UK has created the Digital Markets Unit, which will write a new code of practice for Big Tech and mediate between platforms and news outlets  —  Alok Sharma says dominance of a few big companies hurts innovation and curtails customer choice  —  A new tech regulator will work to limit …
Marcela Kunova /
The chair of a House of Lords committee urges the UK government to fix the imbalance of power between publishers and platforms by reforming the online ad market  —  In a new report on sustainability of journalism, peers also call for fixing the 'dysfunctional online advertising market …
Ryu Spaeth / New Republic:
Ben Smith, best ever NYT media columnist, personifies a morally indefensible fact of journalism: each journalist robs others of their stories to tell their own  —  Let's be honest: Ben Smith is the best media columnist The New York Times has ever had.  He instantly surpassed …
Madeleine Schwartz / Nieman Reports:
How the mantle of “fake news” is being used in Belarus, Jordan, Thailand, and Nicaragua to intimidate journalists, and how they're fighting back  —  A look at four countries — Belarus, Jordan, Thailand, and Nicaragua — where the mantle of “fake news” is used to intimidate and threaten, and how journalists are responding
Discussion: @marklittlenews
John Bowden / The Hill:
NYT offers free digital subscriptions to all US high school students and teachers until September 2021 as part of a partnership with Verizon  —  The New York Times says it will offer U.S. high school students and teachers free digital subscriptions to the Times's content through next year.
Rory Carroll / The Guardian:
N. Ireland police to pay £875K to the makers of documentary No Stone Unturned, for arresting them in 2018 alleging theft of a police report used in the film  —  Settlement announced at Belfast high court brings end to years-long controversy  —  The Police Service of Northern Ireland …
Maya Binyam / Columbia Journalism Review:
A deep look at newsroom diversity over the years, and how unions have begun to push for contracts with binding language for diversity in hiring  —  Media companies haven't made newsrooms inclusive.  Can unions?  —  For two decades, from its genesis in the mid-nineties, Vice Media branded itself in the image of the dispossessed.
Gordon Cox / Variety:
How stage theater companies have adapted to the pandemic and expanded their audiences, from producing podcast series to livestreaming productions on Twitch  —  A series of immersive audioplays performed and mixed live, using tech developed by theatrical sound designers and engineers.
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Comcast plans to raise again its Broadcast TV fee, which currently ranges from $7.90 to $14.95 per month, by as much as $4.50 per month starting in January  —  Internet prices to rise $3 a month; “Broadcast TV” hidden fee going up $4.50.  —  Comcast is raising prices for cable TV …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Sources: Fox producers have been told to avoid booking some regular guests if the latter kept doing Newsmax appearances after being encouraged to stop  —  New York (CNN Business)Fox News is taking action to stave off newfound competition from Newsmax TV.  —  Producers on some Fox programs …
Kris Holt / Engadget:
As Spotify continues to test its stories feature, it has tapped popular musicians to contribute to select Spotify-created playlists  —  If you're in the festive spirit and you're already listening to seasonal music, you might have noticed Spotify's Christmas Hits playlist is looking a little different.
Franklin Foer / The Atlantic:
Book publishing has been consolidating to increase its bargaining power in the face of Amazon's dominance, whose lock on the book business must be addressed  —  In 1960, Dwight Eisenhower's attorney general, William Rogers, read the paper with alarm.  He learned that Random House intended …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
ViacomCBS to sell publisher Simon & Schuster to Bertelsmann, owner of Penguin Random House, for $2.175B in cash
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
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Leigh-Ann Jackson / New York Times:
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Actor Faizon Love is suing Universal Studios, claiming executives broke promises after Love was omitted from the international poster for 2009's Couples Retreat
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
HuffPost staffers worry BuzzFeed may not do much to improve HuffPost's diversity problem, as some BuzzFeed staffers say Peretti is all talk, not enough action