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1:25 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 …
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.
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  —  One major challenge researchers may encounter in designing surveys about news consumption: Does the U.S. public understand the range …
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.
Angus Whitley / Bloomberg:
A proposed Australian bill to force Google and Facebook to pay publishers for news now recognizes the monetary value of traffic that platforms send publishers  —  - Law to reflect any value platforms generate for publishers  — Legislation has turned Australia into a test case for action
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 …
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.”
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News Media says it plans to launch Fox Weather, an ad-supported streaming weather service, in Q3 2021, initially as a mobile app  —  If the winds are shifting around cable-news in the aftermath of the 2020 election, Fox News Media intends to cover them: The company plans to launch …
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 …
Archie Bland / The Guardian:
Ofcom proposes radical shake-up of UK broadcasting rules, including encouraging streaming services like Netflix to provide public service programming  —  Streaming firms could provide public service programming in an increasingly digital world  —  Streaming services, such as Netflix and Now TV …
Discussion: The Independent
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.
Michael J. Socolow / Nieman Lab:
Substack isn't a new model for journalism, but it's better than the “tip jar” financing model and might help retrain readers to pay for good journalism  —  Since 2017, Substack has provided aspiring web pundits with a one-stop service for distributing their work and collecting fees from readers.
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
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  —  To many insiders, WarnerMedia's blindsiding of talent and their reps with news that it would send 17 films directly to HBO Max in 2021 felt like an insult.
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
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Nicole Lee / Engadget:
Amazon begins rolling out a new Fire TV UI with user profiles, a simpler design, and more
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
Sources: FTC and 40+ state AGs to file antitrust suits against Facebook Wednesday, saying Instagram and WhatsApp buys helped it amass power, traffic, and ads
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
Sara Fischer / Axios:
STAT hit $10M+ in revenue this year, up 66% YoY, plans to grow staff ~40% in 2021, and has 6M MAUs, up from ~1.5M pre-pandemic; ad deal volume rose 33% YoY
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Sam Kille / Report for America:
Report for America expands to 200+ newsrooms that will host 300+ journalists next year; 33%+ of beats cover communities of color, 50% of outlets are nonprofits
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Howard Stern signs a five-year deal with SiriusXM, which has also licensed his show's archive for seven years
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