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1:10 AM ET, December 2, 2020


 Top News: 
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 …
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
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  —  Three of Politico's biggest reporting stars plan to launch a competitor to the company's Politico Playbook franchise, sources tell me.
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.
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
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?
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 …
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
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.
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.
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 …
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” …
Discussion: @journoryan
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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
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
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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