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2:35 PM ET, December 10, 2020


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Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The Correspondent, De Correspondent's English-language site, is shutting down at the end of the year  —  After a splashy $2.6 million crowdfunding campaign (one that cost $1.8 million to run) to launch a New York-based site — which, it gradually became clear, would actually …
EU DisinfoLab:
Investigation finds a 15-year operation with 750+ fake media outlets in 119 countries, producing content to serve Indian interests and undermine Pakistan  —  Following a preliminary investigation published in 2019, the EU DisinfoLab uncovered a massive operation targeting international institutions and serving Indian interests.
Brick House / The Brick House Cooperative:
The Brick House, an ad-free network of nine publications, including Popula, that runs on donations and subscriptions only, has gone live  —  Welcome to The Brick House, which launches today.  You'll see a lot of changes over the week as we continue to debut our new sites, test and tinker.
Jack Morse / Mashable:
Pew: 42% of US adults aren't sure if Facebook does its own reporting; 66% aren't sure whether Apple News does, and 57% are uncertain about Google News  —  No, Facebook does not do its own original news reporting.  —  Social media is increasingly a primary source of news for U.S. adults.
Kelsey Sutton / Adweek:
NBCU opens up ad inventory on Peacock, YouTube, and Apple News to local advertisers, and moves its hub for local advertisers under the One Platform umbrella  —  Regional advertising product Spot On folded into One Platform  —  NBCUniversal is for the first time allowing local …
D. M. Moore / Polygon:
AT&T has agreed to sell Japanese anime streaming service Crunchyroll to Sony's Funimation Global Group for $1.18B  —  The move consolidates the anime industry in a major way  —  On Wednesday, Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. announced that AT&T and WarnerMedia agreed to sell Crunchyroll to Funimation.
Kathryn Lundstrom / Adweek:
Meredith promotes Alysia Borsa to president of Meredith Digital and Amanda Dameron to chief digital content officer, a newly created role  —  The media org announced a new National Media Group president last week  —  Iowa-based media conglomerate Meredith is building up executive leadership …
Discussion: MediaPost
Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
Raffaele Annecchino will replace David Lynn as president and CEO of ViacomCBS Networks International, overseeing media networks outside of the US  —  Raffaele Annecchino is replacing David Lynn as president and CEO of ViacomCBS Networks International (VCNI), effective immediately.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Sources: in an investor presentation at 4:30pm ET Thursday, Disney will share growth updates for streaming platforms and detail movie release plans for Disney+  —  Some big-budget movies will first go to theaters.  Other offerings will debut online.  All will ultimately strengthen Disney+.
Kali Hays / WWD:
Lucy Kaylin, EIC of O the Oprah Magazine, to lead print sector at Hearst, where print advertising remains the largest share of revenue  —  The move looks to be the first executive staffing change by new president Debi Chirichella, as she focuses more on Hearst's print business.
Discussion: @wblau and @wwd
TV journalist Malalai Maiwand was killed in Afghanistan, the tenth journalist to be killed in the country this year  —  JALALABAD/KABUL (Reuters) - Gunmen shot and killed a female television journalist, who was also a women's rights activist, in Afghanistan on Thursday …
Discussion: Al Jazeera and The Guardian
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Nathan Grayson / Kotaku:
A measure that could be included in Congress' must-pass spending bill would turn unauthorized streaming of copyrighted material from a misdemeanor into a felony
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Despite talk of a Trump-Fox News schism, the network persists in airing anchors who don't challenge lies and hosts who won't admit reality, with broad reach
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Hollywood is upset about Warner Bros.'s decision to debut movies on HBO Max, but for owner AT&T, HBO Max serves as an incentive to keep phone customers loyal
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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
Kellen Browning / New York Times:
Twitch unveils new guidelines to crack down on hateful conduct and sexual harassment, which take effect in January, following a yearlong review
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
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
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