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8:40 AM ET, December 2, 2020


 Top News: 
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.
J. Clara Chan / The Wrap:
After Project Veritas founder James O'Keefe called in to a morning CNN editorial call with Jeff Zucker, CNN says it has referred the incident to law enforcement  —  CNN said it is involving “law enforcement” after James O'Keefe, the founder of the right-wing group Project Veritas …
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
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
Shirley Zhao / Bloomberg:
Netflix is planning to double spending on original content in Asia in 2021 to stay ahead of Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, and regional challengers Viu and WeTV  —  - U.S. giant facing stiff competition in crowded Asian market  — Streaming companies luring Asian viewers with cheap packages
Discussion: CNBC
Suzanne Vranica / Wall Street Journal:
GroupM expects marketers to spend $110.1B on digital ads in the US this year, accounting for more than half of the year's total ad spend for the first time  —  Digital ads to account for more than half of year's U.S. advertising expenditures for first time  —  For the first time …
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Trump threatened in a tweet on Tuesday to veto the annual defense bill, authorizing nearly $1T in military spending, unless Congress repeals Section 230  —  President Trump on Tuesday threatened to veto an annual defense bill authorizing nearly $1 trillion in military spending unless Congress opens …
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
ABC accuses Morrison government of using News Corp to attack its journalism after the Australian received government questions for ABC before it received them  —  Government tactics criticised after the Australian newspaper briefed about a series of Coalition questions meant for the ABC before the broadcaster even received them
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.
Ruth Margalit / Columbia Journalism Review:
The scattering and shrinking of physical newsrooms due to COVID-19 diminished serendipity and collaboration, but increased opportunity for diverse staffs  —  What's lost and won as newsrooms close their offices for good  —  On a freezing Thursday in March, Liz Bowie, an education reporter …
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.
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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
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
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
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
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Politico's Jake Sherman, Anna Palmer, and John Bresnahan are launching a daily newsletter in 2021 as a standalone company, competing against Playbook
 Earlier Picks: 
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:
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