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6:10 PM ET, December 10, 2020


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Julia Alexander / The Verge:
As of December 2, Disney had 137.1M direct-to-consumers subscribers, with Disney+ having 86.8M subscribers, Hulu 38.8M, and 11.5M for ESPN+  —  Giving Disney confidence to pursue more streaming  —  Disney Plus has amassed more than 86 million subscribers since launching in November 2019, CEO Bob Chapek announced.
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 …
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 …
Center for Community Media:
NYC city agencies placed $9.9M in advertising in 220+ community media outlets this year, amounting to ~84% of their total print and digital ad buys  —  On May 22, 2019, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio signed Executive Order 47, mandating that city government agencies spend at least 50 percent …
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.
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.
BuzzFeed News:
Facebook insiders say it is prioritizing revenue over user safety by its lax approach to stopping scammers, hackers, and disinfo peddlers from buying ads  —  Facebook is on track for record ad revenue this year.  That's partly due to its lax approach to stopping scammers, hackers …
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 …
Brick House / The Brick House Cooperative:
The Brick House, an ad-free cooperative of nine publications including Popula, which 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.
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 …
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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.
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Emma Gilchrist / The Narwhal:
Press Forward, an association representing Canada's independent media, launches to advocate for independent media plus innovation and diversity in newsrooms
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
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D. M. Moore / Polygon:
AT&T has agreed to sell Japanese anime streaming service Crunchyroll to Sony's Funimation Global Group for $1.18B
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