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5:10 PM ET, December 13, 2018

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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Facebook says Watch has 75M daily users who spend an average of 20 minutes streaming video and is rolling out Watch globally on desktop and Facebook Lite  —  - Facebook Renews Four Original Series Including ‘Sorry For Your Loss,’ Claims 75 Million Daily ‘Watch’ Viewers
Josh Feldman / Mediaite:
Kentucky's Gov. Matt Bevin lashes out at Louisville Courier Journal for teaming up with ProPublica and criticizes two ProPublica funders, including George Soros  —  Governor Matt Bevin (R- KY) posted a video of him blasting the Louisville Courier-Journal for its announcement of a journalistic partnership with ProPublica.
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ProPublica:
ProPublica names the 14 newsrooms and journalists who will participate in the second year of the Local Reporting Network, including NOLA.com and WNYC
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
Trump cancels the White House holiday party for the media  —  EXCLUSIVE - President Trump has canceled the White House holiday party for the media, making the decades-old tradition a victim of his increasingly contentious relationship with major news organizations.
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Some current and former fact-checkers say Facebook has ignored their concerns, that they have been used for PR, and that they have lost trust in the company  —  Journalists paid to help fix Facebook's fake news problem say they have lost trust in the platform
Tom Winter / NBC News:
Source: Trump was present in August 2015 when National Enquirer's David Pecker met with Michael Cohen and offered to help suppress stories about Trump and women  —  A source confirms to NBC News that the “other member of the campaign” present when Michael Cohen and David Pecker agreed to silence women was Donald Trump.
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Bloomberg:
Court document shows National Enquirer publisher American Media Inc. took a non-prosecution deal, admitting role in a hush payment to affect the 2016 election
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Source: Tribune Publishing ends talks to sell the company to McClatchy, with potential antitrust issues in Florida derailing a deal  —  A bundle of Chicago Tribune newspapers comes off the press May 16, 2016, at the Tribune's Freedom Center printing plant in Chicago.
Discussion: Bloomberg
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
Sources: Tribune Publishing is paying ex-LAT exec Davan Maharaj $2.5M+ to avert a lawsuit, keeping an anti-Semitic slur by ex-chairman Michael Ferro under wraps
Light Reading:
AT&T begins to roll out Cheddar to DirecTV, DirecTV Now and U-verse TV  —  Cheddar, the leading post-cable networks company, is beginning rollout across AT&T video platforms DIRECTV, DIRECTV NOW and U-verse TV.  —  “AT&T operates one of the largest and best video platforms in the world …
Discussion: @richbtig, Thanks:@jonsteinberg
Ted Johnson / Variety:
FCC begins Congressionally-mandated review of media ownership rules, including a current ban on mergers among top four broadcast networks  —  - National Enquirer Parent Admits to Making Karen McDougal Payments to Help Trump in 2016 Election  —  WASHINGTON — The FCC will review whether …
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Nathaniel Popper / New York Times:
CBS News settles lawsuit with three women who accused Charlie Rose of sexual harassment, but legal proceedings against Rose continue
Washington Post:
The Washington Post announces it has licensed its Arc Publishing platform to Raycom Media, which has relaunched 42 TV and radio stations on the platform  —  Arc to power 42 websites and 39 native apps for Raycom's TV and radio stations  —  The Washington Post's Arc Publishing today announced …
Sam Allard / Cleveland Scene:
Advance Publications is considering outsourcing the Cleveland Plain Dealer's print production, affecting copy editors and designers, with union talks under way  —  In what may be a grim foretaste of labor negotiations set to occur in 2019 when the Plain Dealer's union contract expires …
 
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Emily Birnbaum / The Hill:
YouTube says it removed 7.8M+ videos between July and September because they broke community guidelines and deleted 1.6M+ channels and 224M+ comments
Discussion: Vox
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Smithsonian Networks launches Smithsonian Channel Plus in the US, a $5/month streaming service that will incorporate Smithsonian Earth, launched three years ago
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
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Aaron C. Davis / Washington Post:
A US agency expands probe of Radio Martí after an initial apology for a post attacking George Soros; four Martí staffers placed on leave, two contractors fired
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
In Australia, an anachronistic gag order prevents news outlets from naming a Vatican official convicted on molestation charges as he awaits further court action