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5:35 PM ET, December 9, 2020


 Top News: 
David Bauder / Associated Press:
Nielsen: CNN averaged 1.73M viewers between Nov. 4 and Dec. 6, more than double a year ago, and the first time since Dec. 2001 that it beat Fox News for a month  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Since the presidential election, CNN has been on one of its best competitive rolls in almost two decades …
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Some viewers are leaving Fox News for OANN and Newsmax, both unmoored to reality, so Fox seems to be moving the same way by increasing opinion hosts' influence
YouTube Official Blog:
YouTube says it will remove any content published from today that alleges widespread fraud or errors changed the 2020 US Presidential election outcome  —  Over the past weeks and months, we've seen people coming to YouTube to learn more about where and how to vote or learning more about a candidate or an issue.
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
WarnerMedia's decision to debut 2021 films on HBO Max had blindsided creatives and their reps; sources: Warner Bros. COO Carolyn Blackwood came up with the plan
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
AT&T CEO says HBO Max now has 12.6M subscribers in the US, up from 8.6M at the end of Q3; ~30% of HBO subscribers have exercised their right to access HBO Max
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Internal email: Google tells its ad partners that it will lift the post-election political ad ban on December 10  —  Google informed its advertising partners on Wednesday that beginning Dec. 10, it will lift the post-election political ad ban that went into effect after polls closed on Nov. 3, according to an email obtained by Axios.
Luisa Beltran / Barron's Online:
Adtech company PubMatic, which develops infrastructure for programmatic ads, raises $118M in its IPO and hits a high of $33.16 after pricing shares at $20  —  With all eyes on DoorDash's mammoth $3.37 billion offering, PubMatic made its public equity markets debut Wednesday.  Shares soared 66%.
Hamed Aleaziz / BuzzFeed News:
ICE says it “will not enforce the summons” demanding BuzzFeed News identify its sources “at this time”  —  “The media outlet subsequently declined to provide details regarding the sources of the unauthorized disclosure,” ICE said in a statement.  “ICE will not enforce the summons.”
Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Amazon begins rolling out a new Fire TV UI with user profiles, a simpler design, and more  —  Back when Amazon announced its latest Fire TV products — namely, the third-generation Fire TV Stick ($40) and the Fire TV Stick Lite ($30) — it also said it was going to roll out a new Fire TV interface this year.
Austin NewsGuild:
Journalists at the 150-year-old Austin American-Statesman and its six community newspapers announce plans to unionize  —  Contact: Austin NewsGuild,  —  AUSTIN, Texas — Journalists at the Austin American-Statesman and its six community newspapers announced Wednesday …
Kellen Browning / New York Times:
Twitch unveils new guidelines to crack down on hateful conduct and sexual harassment, following a yearlong review, which take effect in January  —  The livestreaming site announced new guidelines after contending with claims that its streamers were too easily abused.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Source: Some Spider Studios, one of the largest digital media publishers for parents, will have revenue of $35M this year, including $5M in profit  —  Some Spider Studios, one of the largest digital media publishers for parents, will bring in $35 million in revenue this year …
Wayne Friedman / MediaPost:
NBC Universal says Peacock, which launched in mid-April, now has 26M subscribers, up from 22M in October, and is seeing strong advertising demand  —  NBCUniversal's Peacock, its advertising video-on-demand streamer, has now climbed to 26 million subscribers and is seeing strong advertising demand.
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Four top execs at DMGT, owner of the Daily Mail, took home £24M, or $32.2M, despite a profits slump in the pandemic, almost double £13M they received last year
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
Sources: Michael Pack has reassigned acting VOA Director Elez Biberaj and intends to replace him with Robert Reilly, who has criticized Islam and gay rights
Pew Research Center:
Pew: 11% of US adults report using Google News often, and 24% say they use it sometimes; 3% say they get news from Apple News often and 10% do so sometimes
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Scroll, which offers ad-free browsing at 300+ sites, partners with McClatchy to bundle Scroll membership with McClatchy subscriptions at 8 McClatchy news sites
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Q&A with Substack CEO Chris Best on why it is not a media company, content moderation, making a reader app for users to easily read their newsletters, and more
Brian Braiker / Brooklyn Magazine:
Brooklyn Magazine relaunches under EIC Brian Braiker, former Ad Age EIC; Braiker and a partner bought the outlet and The L Magazine from Northside Media Group
Jason Lynch / Adweek:
Nielsen introduces Nielsen One, a video analytics tool that will measure total video consumption across linear and digital platforms, to debut in Q4 2022