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1:40 PM ET, February 11, 2021

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The Daily Beast:
NYT Opinion editor says it was her decision to spike a Bret Stephens column criticizing Baquet's reasons for firing McNeil, not Sulzberger's as Stephens claims  —  A top New York Times columnist claims the paper's publisher shelved his opinion column defending Donald McNeil …
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
A closer look at the departure of Donald G. McNeil Jr. from The NYT and the tensions his comments provoked for some students on a NYT-sponsored trip to Peru
Sheila Dang / Reuters:
Kantar: CBS generated a record $545M in ad spending during the Super Bowl, which had a record 57 minutes of ad time  —  (Reuters) - ViacomCBS' CBS network generated a record $545 million in advertising spending during the NFL's Super Bowl LV this past Sunday, according to preliminary estimates from research firm Kantar.
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Jabari Young / CNBC:
Sources: the NFL wants to finalize new TV rights soon; Fox, ViacomCBS, NBC, and ESPN currently pay ~$6B/year total, and DirecTV adds $1.5B for Sunday Ticket  —  - The NFL wants to finalize new TV rights agreements with partners before setting its 2021 salary cap.  — The new pact could reach $100 billion.
Discussion: Observer and ProFootballTalk, Thanks:@mattrosoff
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
HBO Max to launch in Latin America and the Caribbean in June; existing HBO-branded streaming services in Europe will shift to HBO Max later this year  —  WarnerMedia's streamer HBO Max is set to launch across 39 Latin American and Caribbean territories in June.
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Internal data shows only 11.3M US households regularly watch NBCU's Peacock; sources: NBCU has pitched ViacomCBS about bundling their streaming services  —  As Netflix and Disney cement their leads over an array of rivals in the video-streaming market, top executives at Comcast and its NBCUniversal arm are in a quandary.
Angela Fu / Poynter:
Three Gannett newsrooms in New Jersey have announced they are jointly unionizing and forming the Record Guild, part of the NewsGuild of New York  —  The new union will include the Bergen Record, the Daily Record and the NJ Herald.  —  Three Gannett-owned newsrooms in New Jersey announced Wednesday morning they are jointly unionizing.
Caroline Davies / The Guardian:
Meghan Markle wins her privacy case in summary judgment against the Mail on Sunday, which published extracts from a letter she wrote to her father  —  Judge gives summary judgment in favour of royal over extracts of letter to estranged father, Thomas Markle
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
LightShed Partners' Rich Greenfield and others have launched a $75M tech and media investment fund and invested in Podchaser and audio startup Slipstream  —  The venture arm has already made investments into startups Podchaser, Slipstream and Antenna Analytics.
Reuters:
BBC World News has been barred from airing in mainland China  —  (Reuters) - BBC World News has been barred from airing in China, the Chinese state media CGTN said bit.ly/2Z51L43 early on Friday, citing the National Radio and Television Administration.  —  Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The New York Times is testing NYT Kids, a standalone, ad-free digital subscription product for kids aged 8-11, which will feature a lot of “how to” content  —  The New York Times is in the early stages of developing a digital subscription product for families called NYT Kids, executives tell Axios.
Discussion: @mikeorren and @sarafischer
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Microsoft president says US and other countries should consider adopting rules like Australia's proposed laws forcing tech companies to pay for news content  —  Microsoft President Brad Smith told Axios in an interview that the U.S. and other countries should consider adopting media rules …
Saqib Shah / Engadget:
Google launches Google News Showcase in UK and Argentina, after debuting the service in Australia last week, and says it now has over 450 publications globally  —  Google News Showcase is starting to roll out to more countries worldwide, including the UK and Argentina, on the heels of its Australian launch last week.
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Diep Tran / Backstage:
SAG-AFTRA approves an influencer agreement, extending its coverage to anyone who is paid to advertise products via their social media platforms
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Sources: Stir Money, whose software helps video and audio producers, writers, and performers manage their income, raises Series A led by a16z at $100M valuation
Paul W. Valentine / Washington Post:
Larry Flynt, publisher of Hustler magazine and a self-proclaimed First Amendment champion, has died at his home in Los Angeles at 78
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Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Twitter says it has suspended 500+ accounts in India for violating rules but has not taken any action on accounts of journalists, activists, and politicians