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8:35 PM ET, December 1, 2020


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Kelsey Sutton / Adweek:
Nielsen: workers increased their TV watching time between 9am and 4pm by 21% YoY; kids between 6 and 17 also saw double-digit increases in TV watch time  —  Altered viewing patterns during Covid-19 present new reality for advertisers  —  As people continue working and attending school remotely …
Discussion: @adweek, MediaPost and
Sean O'Neill / Skift:
Red Ventures, which owns CNET and travel advice site The Points Guy, has acquired travel media company Lonely Planet from NC2 Media  —  FIRST FREE STORY (1 OF 3)  —  More travel executives get their mission-critical industry news from Skift than any other source on the planet.  —  Already a member?
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Showtime debuts a Pluto channel, Showtime Selects, which will air a selection of its programming for free, with ads, to attract new subscribers  —  Showtime is unlocking a selection of original programming — for free, with ads — in a new channel on Pluto TV.
The New York Times Company:
NYT says it has raised $4M for Headway, a three-year journalistic venture, which will aim to produce 10-12 deeply researched, data-rich projects per year  —  The New York Times has raised $4 million to launch Headway, a journalism initiative to investigate global and national challenges.
Leia Idliby / Mediaite:
The Drudge Report, once a supporter of Trump's rise to the presidency, featured a Photoshopped image of the president in an orange prison jumpsuit on Tuesday  —  Matt Drudge, the head of influential news aggregator Drudge Report, featured an image of President Donald Trump in a prison jumpsuit on his website.
Discussion: Vanity Fair and The Wrap
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Joe Rogan is Spotify's most popular podcast globally and NPR News Now is in the US with The Daily, Call Her Daddy, and Michelle Obama's podcast in the top five  —  As they do at this time every year, Spotify has unveiled the top artists, albums, tracks, playlists and podcasts …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Patch launches Patch Labs, a service to help local news reporters publish their own newsletters and websites, with tools to sell ads and subscriptions  —  Patch, the hyperlocal (and profitable) local digital news company, has built a new software platform called “Patch Labs” …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
TCG, the Chernin Group's venture subsidiary, is investing $30M in Surfline, a mostly subscription-based media company that focuses on surfing coverage  —  TCG, a venture affiliate of The Chernin Group that invests in media, entertainment and tech businesses, is investing $30 million in Surfline …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Hearst exec says UK subscriptions rose 233% YoY in March as readers made use of subscription trials; after abandoning them in April, orders still rose 100% YoY  —  Magazine giant Hearst had to take action to stem losses from discount magazine subscription offers as new subscribers jumped 233% following the start of the pandemic.
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Some publishers are experimenting to keep events engaging during the pandemic: Atlas Obscura is planning US road trips, PopSugar hosted a drive-in LA premiere  —  This article is part of the Future of Work briefing, a weekly email with stories, interviews, trends and links about how work, workplaces and workforces are changing.
Discussion: @kayleighjbarber
Sahil Patel / Wall Street Journal:
Reddit says it averaged 52M DAUs in October, up 44% YoY, disclosing the metric for the first time; ad revenue hit $100M+ in 2019, on track to rise 70%+ in 2020  —  The disclosure comes as the tech company pursues new advertisers  —  Reddit Inc. said it averaged 52 million daily active users in October …
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Ofcom approves launch of Rupert Murdoch's opinionated TV news channel, News UK TV, which, sources say, will be an evening-only service
Amanda Carpenter / The Bulwark:
Fox News primetime lineup and its fringy lower-tier knockoffs have become the actual leaders of the GOP, setting the party agenda and acting as its “war room”
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
After Facebook blocked his anti-vaccine posts, a conspiracy theorist in UK launched a newspaper, using Facebook to build a volunteer print distribution network
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Facebook to launch its dedicated News tab in the UK in Jan., says it will pay outlets for content selected by Facebook staff; most big UK outlets have signed up
Newmark J-School:
CUNY's Black Media Initiative launches a new map and directory tracking nearly 300 Black media outlets, including newspapers and digital outlets, across the US
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
In Trump's first TV interview since Nov. 3, Maria Bartiromo approvingly let him regurgitate nonsensical allegations about the election for 45 minutes