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10:45 AM ET, December 3, 2020


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Clare Jim / Reuters:
HK activist Jimmy Lai has been charged with fraud over the lease of the building that houses his Apple Daily paper; its daily operations shouldn't be impacted  —  HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong media tycoon and pro-democracy activist Jimmy Lai was denied bail on Thursday on a charge …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Meredith promotes Catherine Levene to president of the National Media Group where she will oversee print and digital magazines and associated consumer products  —  For the first time in its 119-year history, media giant Meredith Corp. has tapped a female executive to lead …
Discussion: Adweek, Digiday and MediaPost
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Watchdog finds “substantial likelihood of wrongdoing” at VOA parent agency under Michael Pack; sources say they fear Pack will do more damage before he departs  —  The U.S. Office of Special Counsel, a federal watchdog, disclosed Wednesday that it had found “a substantial likelihood …
Abhrajyoti Chakraborty / New York Times:
Profile of Anand Patwardhan, a leading documentarian in India, who says he is now forced to hold screenings in secret due to threats from Hindu nationalists  —  Anand Patwardhan spent decades tracking the rise of Hindu nationalism.  And now, under an increasingly repressive government, he holds his screenings in secret.
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Sources: JD Heyman was ousted as EIC of EW after multiple senior staffers filed complaints to HR accusing him of inappropriate, racially insensitive comments  —  JD Heyman was ousted as the top editor at Meredith's Entertainment Weekly on Monday after multiple senior staffers filed complaints …
US pay-TV subscribers will soon start receiving refunds and credits from providers, compensating them for the year's pandemic-related sports cancellations  —  - Customers are to get back the value of games that never aired  — Credits and ‘courtesy adjustments’ will show up on bills soon
Berber Jin / Business Insider:
Ex-Pando journalist Paul Carr is starting a news site, Techworker; contributors include Google Walkout organizer Claire Stapleton, Pando founder Sarah Lacy  —  - Former TechCrunch and Pando journalist Paul Carr believes Silicon Valley's top execs are misbehaving and need to be held to account by their employees.
Steve Pond / The Wrap:
Sundance Film Festival replaces its Park City, Utah, event with a virtual festival that will take place from Jan. 28-Feb. 3 on a custom-designed online platform  —  In an attempt to maintain a sense of community at a time when large gatherings are impossible, the Sundance Film Festival …
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Google says News Showcase will soon add free access to select paywalled articles, and it has doubled publisher partners to ~400 since its launch in October  —  Google News Showcase visitors will soon be able to read select paywalled articles at no extra charge.
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
Rachelle Hampton / Slate:
A look at the disconnect between how the Black community sees Charlamagne tha God and how white media portrays him as that community's political voice  —  On election night, amid the slow trickle of results, Stephen Colbert checked in with a guest familiar to viewers of his deeply uncomfortable 2016 election night show.
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
Hulu's Watch Party feature is now expanding to all subscribers, allows up to seven other subscribers to join, and will have a “click to catch up button”
Group Nine Media:
Thrillist launches a vertical, The New Gameplan, with content about food, drinks, sports, fan traditions, and home entertaining during a socially distanced era
Discussion: MediaPost
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Politico's Tim Alberta told RNC that Ronna McDaniel was not asked for comment on his Michigan election story because she has been dishonest and untrustworthy
Matthew Cunningham-Cook / The Intercept:
The Intercept publishes a statement of principles for its freelancers, facilitated by the Freelance Solidarity Project of the National Writers Union
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
WarnerMedia names Jennifer Biry as CFO, replacing Pascal Desroches, who will be moving into the role of CFO at AT&T
Discussion: The Wrap, WORLD SCREEN and Variety
 Earlier Picks: 
Michelle Gao / CNBC:
Discovery to launch its streaming service, Discovery+, in Jan. 2021, with a $4.99 per month ad-supported tier and a $6.99 per month ad-free tier
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
TikTok appears to be experimenting with allowing three-minute videos, up from its current 60-second limit
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Hodinkee, a site featuring news and reviews about watches, raises $40M from LVMH Luxury Ventures, TCG, Tom Brady, and others, source says at a $100M+ valuation
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Spotify says Anchor powered 80% of its new podcasts, or 1M+ shows, in 2020; overall, Anchor powers 70% of Spotify's total podcast catalog of over 1.9M shows
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