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10:40 AM ET, December 14, 2018

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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
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
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.
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  —  An Australian court's gag order and the forces of the Information Age collided on Thursday in a largely futile effort to keep news …
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.
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 …
Literary Hub:
Literary magazine Tin House will cease print publication in June 2019, but online edition will remain  —  CO-FOUNDING EDITOR ROB SPILLMAN WILL STEP AWAY FROM TIN HOUSE NEXT YEAR  —  From Tin House publisher and editor-in-chief, Win McCormack:  —  Tin House magazine's 20th Anniversary Issue …
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
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
 
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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
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
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
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
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
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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
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
Ted Johnson / Variety:
FCC begins Congressionally-mandated review of media ownership rules, including a current ban on mergers among top four broadcast networks
Discussion: Reuters and TVWeek.com
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
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