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1:25 AM ET, December 15, 2018

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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 …
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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 …
Washington Post:
As digital media faces bigger hurdles, PitchBook numbers show investors on track to close 19 deals worth $130M in 2018; they closed 27 deals worth $206M in 2014  —  Sites' reliance on Facebook, Google seen as a contributing factor.  —  As legacy news companies suffered tremors over the past decade …
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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Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Source: Tribune Publishing ends talks to sell the company to McClatchy, with potential antitrust issues in Florida derailing a deal
Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
The LA Times to produce a one hour prime-time news TV series for Charter's Spectrum News 1 channel, starting in February and airing Monday through Thursday  —  The Los Angeles Times will produce a prime-time news magazine television series for Charter Communications' recently launched Spectrum News 1 channel …
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Amazon makes NBA League Pass package available through Amazon's Prime Video Channels, offering regular-season out-of-market games for $29/month or $169 a season  —  Amazon has struck a deal to make the NBA League Pass package available through Amazon's Prime Video Channels.
Discussion: Multichannel News
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CBS will award $20M 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 …
Nick Romano / EW.com:
The lengthy copyright lawsuit over the Blurred Lines song ends, with an appeals court awarding Marvin Gaye's family ~$5M from Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams  —  The lengthy legal battle over Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams' “Blurred Lines” finally came to an end this week with a payday for the Marvin Gaye family.
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 …
 
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Literary Hub:
Literary magazine Tin House will cease print publication in June 2019, but online edition will remain
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
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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
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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