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2:10 PM ET, December 7, 2020


 Top News: 
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Former colleagues share how a powerful Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter, Michael Fuoco, got away with sexual misconduct for years as his paper, union ignored it  —  Michael Fuoco was a bigfoot reporter with a fiery personality and a reputation for harassing young women.  No one seemed to want to rein him in.
David Smiley / Miami Herald:
Monica R. Richardson has been named the new executive editor of the Miami Herald, the first Black executive editor in its 117-year history  —  The Miami Herald's parent company named a new executive editor on Monday to lead its newsrooms in Florida — a 30-year veteran of the news business …
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Universal Music says it has acquired Bob Dylan's entire music catalog of over 600 songs; the deal is estimated to be worth over $300M  —  Universal Music purchased his entire songwriting catalog of more than 600 songs in what may be the biggest acquisition ever of a single act's publishing rights.
Financial Times:
Inside Disney's costly online push while its lucrative legacy businesses decline, as sources say the success of Disney+ diminished Disney's interest in Hulu  —  Media empire must sustain its costly online push while its lucrative legacy businesses decline  —  The Walt Disney Company …
Jeff Jones / Knight Foundation:
Survey: 59% of Americans say media was responsible in reporting election results; 63%, including 17% of Republicans, believed media projections of Biden's win  —  The 2020 election was marked by severe political divisions, a public health crisis, unease about the voting process …
Jane Lytvynenko / BuzzFeed News:
This year, disinformation about the pandemic, BLM protests, and the election divided the US, with “Plandemic” as a case study of social networks' failures  —  Disinformation and its fallout have defined 2020, the year of the infodemic.  Month after month, self-serving social media companies …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Tom Lowell, formerly a producer of Megyn Kelly's shows, named executive VP and managing editor of news at Fox News, will oversee daytime news editorial content  —  “From creating the top-rated morning news program 'America's Newsroom' in 2007 to leading newsgathering, Tom has made a formidable impact …
Discussion: The Wrap and @bristei
Netflix says “we have no plans, and see no need, to add a disclaimer” warning The Crown viewers that the show is a work of fiction  —  Netflix says it will not warn viewers of The Crown some scenes are fiction.  —  Responding to calls for a warning from Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden …
Sources: Legendary, which co-financed Dune, is considering suing Warner Bros. over its decision to release movies simultaneously on HBO Max and in cinemas  —  Legendary Entertainment, the production company that co-financed “Dune” and “Godzilla vs. Kong,” may take legal action against Warner Bros …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Inside WarnerMedia's transition to streaming: current and former execs say it was marred by rushed decision making, culture clashes, HBO brand confusion, more
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
ProPublica's Richard Tofel discusses the Trump Bump: donors rose from ~3K in 2015 to 32K in 2019, when small donations made up 20% of $33.1M in revenue  —  ProPublica, a non-profit investigative news operation that has won six Pulitzer Prizes in its 12-year history, was a major beneficiary of the so-called ‘Trump bump’.
Discussion: @dicktofel
Manisha Krishnan / VICE:
Canada's Global News radio host Supriya Dwivedi quits, alleges colleagues' on-air racist narratives led to threats against her; Global News is “taking action”  —  An email to staff said the company is in the midst of an “internal reflection” regarding systemic racism but didn't provide many details about what that means.
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Sources: Comcast's Sky is considering reducing its workforce in Italy by up to 20%, or around 1,000 jobs, after the pandemic hit revenues
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
Dish Network to pay $210M to the US government and four states to settle a lawsuit claiming it made millions of illegal robocalls to sell satellite TV services
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Amaris Castillo / Poynter:
Report: in six countries, including the US, proportion of women journalists has remained flat since 2000 and women are 2x to 6x less likely to be quoted in news
Mattie Kahn / Glamour:
Interview with Yamiche Alcindor, the White House correspondent for PBS NewsHour, about covering Trump, writing her memoir, and rejecting “both sides” journalism
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
OnlyFans says it will generate $2B+ in sales in 2020, now has 85M users, is adding around 500K users a day, and is paying out $200M+ a month to its 1M+ creators
India's Times Group says it will stop the publication of Pune Mirror and will relaunch Mumbai Mirror as a weekly, but both will have a “strong digital presence”
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Tribune Publishing, part-owned by Alden Global Capital, is closing the Hartford Courant's newsroom on Dec. 27; journalists will work remotely into 2021
Jon Brodkin / Ars Technica:
Mitch McConnell has moved to end debate on a Trump nominee that would deadlock FCC when Biden takes office and for months after, setting up a vote next week