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3:10 PM ET, December 15, 2020


 Top News: 
Angela Fu / Poynter:
Tiny News Collective, a LION Publishers and News Catalyst initiative, seeks to start 500 local newsrooms in three years by offering resources and training  —  The Tiny News Collective says it will provide participants the tools and resources they need to start their own local newsroom
Freedom of the Press:
Report: arrests of journalists in the US grew to ~117 in 2020, up 1,200% YoY; the week of May 29 to June 4 had more arrests than previous three years combined  —  Promoting press freedom in the 21st century  —  Today, Freedom of the Press Foundation is releasing a report on the unprecedented number …
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Condé Nast names Anna Wintour chief content officer, in charge of its brands worldwide and of Vogue's 25 global editions; she will remain EIC of Vogue US  —  Longtime editor to take charge of global editorial operations after a year punctuated by layoffs and diversity issues
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CNBC let correspondents like Rick Santelli speak their minds on issues in the past but may now require rules of decorum as it becomes a part of NBCU News Group  —  Rick Santelli, the veteran CNBC correspondent, recently got into an on-air spat with one of his longtime colleagues.
Discussion: @bristei and @jbflint
Jessica Bursztynsky / CNBC:
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle sign an exclusive multiyear deal to host and produce podcasts for Spotify via their production company Archewell Audio  —  - The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are getting into podcasting.  — Spotify announced Tuesday it has signed a multiyear deal with Prince Harry …
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton says TikTok banned him without warning, thinks it was after pressure from TikTok stars, with whom he's feuded; TikTok denies this  —  The celebrity blogger was banned from TikTok on Saturday in a move he said was influenced by the app's biggest stars.
Sources: PMC plans to merge back end operations of Rolling Stone, Billboard, and Vibe, including ad sales, marketing, and brand partnerships  —  Penske Media Corp. (PMC) is planning to merge the back end functions of three of the top music news publishers in the U.S., according to two sources familiar with the company's plans.
Eben Novy-Williams /
DAZN has sold Sporting News, of one of US's oldest sports publication, to Pax Holdings and several other soccer news sites for $100M+ to a group backed by TPG  —  Sports streaming service DAZN has sold Sporting News, one of America's oldest sports publications, to British family office PAX Holdings.
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
LAT Executive Editor Norman Pearlstine, who announced in October that he planned to retire, steps down, as a search for his replacement continues  —  The Los Angeles Times' leadership transition has accelerated with the departure of Norman Pearlstine, who served as executive editor for two and a half years.
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
FTC orders Amazon, ByteDance, Facebook, Snap, YouTube, and others to share info on how they collect and use personal data, including how they measure engagement  —  - The Federal Trade Commission is requiring nine tech companies to share information about how they collect and use data from their users, the agency announced Monday.
Joe Otterson / Variety:
HBO's Casey Bloys says they will honor Dave Chappelle's request and remove Chappelle's Show from HBO Max at the end of the year  —  HBO Max is honoring a request by Dave Chappelle to remove “Chappelle's Show” from the streaming service at the end of this year. … “We had a conversation with Dave.
Jason Lynch / Adweek:
Common Sense Networks is launching Sensical, a free, ad-supported streaming service for kids aged 2-12, early next year, starting with 15K short-form videos  —  Sensical, Eric Berger's first project as Common Sense Networks CEO, will launch early next year  —  Eric Berger, who oversaw …
Discussion: Variety
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Wayne Friedman / MediaPost:
Samsung Ads, Samsung's smart TV ad sales group, launches Samsung Measurement, which will provide data for linear and streaming ads
Discussion: Adweek and Beet.TV
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sports podcast company Blue Wire, which hosts 140+ podcasts, raises $5M Series A; it focuses on minority and female voices, and 35% of its podcasters are POC
Ben Paviour / VPM:
A columnist who also works for Dominion Energy wrote some of at least seven unsigned editorials in The Virginian-Pilot and Daily Press about Dominion this year
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New York Times:
As ratings hit new highs, executives and journalists at CNN and MSNBC say they are uneasy about a post-Trump future bereft of drama and scandal
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Sky strikes a deal to make Prime Video available to its subscribers in the UK, Ireland, Austria, Germany, and Italy; Sky also has deals with Netflix and Disney+
Todd Spangler / Variety:
NBCU says the first two seasons of The Office will stream on Peacock's ad-supported free tier and other seasons will stream on subscription tiers
Brett Samuels / The Hill:
Voting machine company Smartmatic issued legal notices to Fox News, Newsmax, and OANN, demanding retraction of claims that its machines flipped votes to Biden
Paul A. Gigot / Wall Street Journal:
Paul Gigot, WSJ editorial page editor, equates the Biden team's reaction to an op-ed on Jill Biden's use of “Dr.” to Trump's “enemy of the people” tweets