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3:25 PM ET, December 14, 2018

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Oliver Darcy / CNN:
The Weekly Standard will publish its last edition on December 17 and shut down after 23 years  —  New York (CNN Business)The Weekly Standard, the magazine that espouses traditional conservatism and which has remained deeply critical of President Donald Trump, will shutter after 23 years …
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John Podhoretz / Commentary:
Shutting down the Weekly Standard is an intellectual and political crime that enables its parent company to harvest its subscriber base for another publication  —  The Weekly Standard will be no more.  There is no real reason we are witnessing the magazine's demise other than deep pettiness …
New York Times:
Behind the secret $9.5M CBS settlement with actress Eliza Dushku, who was written off the show Bull after her complaints about star Michael Weatherly's comments  —  In March 2017, Eliza Dushku, an actress known for her work on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” signed on to play a major role …
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
FX study: 2018 saw the release of 495 scripted original TV shows, with online streamers like Netflix accounting for the majority of them with 160 shows  —  Though down by a notch from FX boss John Landgraf's prediction earlier this year that there would be 520 scripted original shows in 2018 …
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Sources say that negotiations between Tribune and McClatchy ended mainly because McClatchy was offering $16.50/share and Tribune wants at least $18/share  —  What stopped the almost-done McClatchy purchase of Tribune Publishing?  Two familiar words: Michael Ferro.
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Bloomberg:
Sources: Medium CEO Ev Williams had preliminary talks about buying New York Media, parent of New York Magazine; source said talks are “unlikely to progress”  —  - The Twitter co-founder says he wants to invest in media in '19  — Magazine publisher has been exploring its options this year
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
In a case that could serve as a warning to media, a district court judge rules Esquire's use of a photo of Trump crashing a wedding party was not fair use  —  Judge rejects proposition that personal images posted on social media are free grist for use by media companies.
link.nbcnews.com:
Sources: Verizon's Oath division will be laying off employees starting in Q1 2019; cuts will be 10% of Oath's 11.5K-person workforce  —  Verizon chief Hans Vestberg has set in motion a plan to start cutting jobs at his Oath media business in the first quarter of next year, two sources with knowledge of the company's plans tell me.
Discussion: @dylanbyers
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Facebook is in talks with pay TV channels, including HBO, Showtime, and Starz, about selling their streaming TV services on its platform  —  The world's biggest social network wants to get into the pay TV business — by taking a page from Amazon.  —  Facebook is readying …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CBS will award $20 of the $120M earmarked for Les Moonves's severance package to 18 organizations that work to eliminate sexual harassment in the workplace  —  CBS Corp. said Friday it would award $20 million that was originally earmarked for severance for its former CEO, Leslie Moonves …
Ted Johnson / Variety:
Nexstar settles with DOJ over the sharing of ad price rates among TV station owners that let them manipulate prices; six other groups settled last month  —  - National Enquirer Parent Admits to Making Karen McDougal Payments to Help Trump in 2016 Election  —  WASHINGTON — Nexstar Media Group …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Kotaku:
Wiki site Fandom says it will acquire Curse Media, which runs gaming wiki site Gamepedia, from Twitch, which bought Curse Media parent Curse in Aug. 2016  —  Wiki site Fandom announced yesterday that they will acquire Curse Media, which runs gaming wiki site Gamepedia, from Twitch.
 
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Literary Hub:
Literary magazine Tin House will cease print publication in June 2019, but online edition will remain
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Mixed results follow Australian gag order on Vatican official's conviction: AP, Reuters didn't report, Apple News took down WaPo story, social posts circulated
Zac Hall / 9to5Mac:
Apple is notifying artists that it is removing their ability to post to Apple Music Connect and is removing previously posted content from Artist Pages
Scott Smith / Associated Press:
Venezuela has held German freelance journalist Billy Six for three weeks in jail on espionage charges; diplomat said Venezuela has not let German reps visit Six
Brian Heater / TechCrunch:
Tumblr reappeared on the App Store this week, after being pulled in November over child pornography concerns and 10 days after announcing a ban on adult content
Discussion: Engadget and The Verge
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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
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
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
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
Light Reading:
AT&T begins to roll out Cheddar to DirecTV, DirecTV Now and U-verse TV
Discussion: @richbtig, Thanks:@jonsteinberg
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
Joseph Ax / Reuters:
CPJ report: 251 journalists are in jail as of Dec. 1, with more half in China, Turkey, and Egypt; 28 imprisoned on “charges of “false news”, up from 21 in 2017
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