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5:35 PM ET, March 6, 2019

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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The DNC says it has decided to exclude Fox News from any of its televised candidate debates in 2019-2020, citing revelations in the recent New Yorker article  —  The Democratic National Committee has decided to exclude Fox News Channel from televising any of its candidate debates during …
Chris Krewson / Spirited Media:
Spirited Media has sold Denverite to Colorado Public Radio and is in talks with buyers to sell Philadelphia's Billy Penn and Pittsburgh's The Incline  —  Spirited Media has reached an agreement to sell Denverite to Colorado Public Radio, and the news organization will operate under new management as of March 11th.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
The Wall Street Journal is creating new newsroom departments to focus on news innovation, new technologies, more, and is hiring for 36+ jobs  —  Wall Street Journal editor Matt Murray and editor of newsroom strategy Louise Story sent out the following announcement on Tuesday:
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
Slate names Jared Hohlt, an editor at New York Magazine and a specialist in narrative journalism, as its editor-in-chief starting April 1  —  Slate, the online publication known for counterintuitive analysis and its many podcasts, has chosen a specialist in narrative journalism as its next editor in chief.
Scott Nover / The Atlantic:
Profile of satirical media company Thud, founded by former Onion editors, as it launches its first project DNA Friend, a parody of at-home DNA analysis services  —  I was instructed to “get my saliva ready.”  —  Images of a bacon cheeseburger, an ice-cream sundae, a steak, a cow …
Laura Wagner / Deadspin:
ESPN continues to hire pundits who work for the sports teams they cover, as the line between editorial and business erodes across the sports media  —  The Mets announced today that ESPN baseball broadcaster Jessica Mendoza will be joining the team's front office as an advisor while she continues to work for the network.
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Disney CEO Bob Iger may have to resign his board seat at Apple, as both companies become competitors in the streaming space  —  - Disney CEO Bob Iger has been an Apple director since 2011  —  Apple Inc.'s foray into original TV shows and movies is increasing competition with Walt Disney Co. …
Discussion: MacRumors and 9to5Mac
Variety:
Sources: across 21st Century Fox, employees are worried about how Disney deal will impact them: with ~4000 layoffs expected, uncertainty over projects, more  —  There's a lot of fear in the offices that comprise Rupert Murdoch's and Bob Iger's media empires.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK regulator Ofcom is conducting a review of the BBC's online news offering, following criticisms from tabloid bosses about its output  —  Ofcom will examine the BBC's online news content after criticisms from tabloid bosses that it is “chasing online traffic” with popular news content that …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
BuzzFeed distributed a one-off print newspaper in New York City on Wednesday, with the motto: “Social. Mobile. Recyclable.”  —  On Wednesday morning, commuters in NYC's Union Square, Penn Station, and Herald Square could get BuzzFeed, the print edition, on their way out of the subway.
Discussion: Adweek, Ad Age, The Week and The Drum
 
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Matt Lopez / The Wrap:
SiriusXM is creating a content team at Pandora, led by SiriusXM's Chief Content Officer Scott Greenstein, which will develop original audio content
Discussion: MediaPost
Joe Parkin Daniels / The Guardian:
Report: US freelancer Cody Weddle, who works for the Miami Herald, The Daily Telegraph, and ABC News, has been arrested in an early morning raid in Venezuela
Discussion: NPR and WPLG-TV
Scott Nover / The Atlantic:
Nicholas Sandmann's lawyer says the teen intends to sue multiple other news outlets besides WaPo, is currently reviewing coverage from AP, CNN, and MSNBC/NBC
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Benjy Egel / Sacramento Bee:
Police detained a Sacramento Bee reporter and shoved a staff photographer down, damaging his camera, during a protest over the lack of prosecution of two cops
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Comedian Miel Bredouw's fight with Barstool Sports after they posted her video without credit shows how Twitter's copyright system can hurt creators
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
A look at how Spotify plans to crack the podcast market: making it easier to find podcasts, investing in creation tools, exclusive original content, and more
Financial Times:
The Financial Times has acquired a majority stake in Amsterdam-based tech blog and events company The Next Web
Ben Collins / NBC News:
On Amazon, a book pushing QAnon conspiracy theories climbs the charts, aided by Amazon's algorithmically generated recommendations