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2:50 PM ET, March 10, 2019

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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
To get an idea of Netflix viewing figures, the BBC ran a survey according to which 7M Britons had watched The Crown in 17 months  —  Tony Hall said BBC's Luther and Bodyguard reached bigger audience with smaller budgets  —  The BBC director general, Tony Hall, has mocked the size …
Discussion: @adrianhon and @s8mb
Avi Asher-Schapiro / Committee to Protect Journalists:
Trump administration has so far prosecuted six leakers vs. ten during Obama's 8 years; journalists worry about surveillance, say sources are less forthcoming  —  When President Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, William Barr, was asked at his confirmation hearing in January whether …
Discussion: @aaschapiro
Recode:
Interview with Dan Porter, CEO of the sports media company Overtime, on why owning distribution doesn't matter, revenue sources, and fostering user communities  —  Don't listen to the conventional wisdom about relying on Instagram or Snapchat, Porter says — just go where your audience is.
Discussion: @anamitra
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Hearst to relaunch Clevver, a YouTube channels network, in a few weeks, having opened a multimedia production studio in Santa Monica and rehired Clevver's staff  —  - Critical Role Team, After Record-Breaking Fan Crowdfunding Response, Vows to Make ‘The Best Goddamn Cartoon Anyone Has Ever Seen’
New York Times:
Sources: Amazon teams up with the NY Yankees, Sinclair Broadcasting, and others in a bid to buy the YES sports network from majority owner 21st Century Fox  —  Amazon is coming to New York — to grab a piece of the Yankees sports network.  —  Jeff Bezos' tech giant has teamed …
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Arunabh Saikia / Scroll.in:
The editor and the publisher of Shillong Times, NE India's oldest English-language daily newspaper, held guilty of contempt after running story on judges' perks  —  The editor and publisher have been ordered to pay a fine of Rs two lakh each within a week, else they will be imprisoned for six months and the paper banned.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Memo: in 2018, BuzzFeed generated $100M+ from business lines that didn't exist in 2017; Facebook video platform revenue grew from $500K in Q1 to $3M in Q4 2018  —  - BuzzFeed CEO Says Company Is Generating Over $200 Million Annually From Businesses That Didn't Exist Two Years Ago
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
After YouTube recategorized “Brie Larson”, star of Captain Marvel, as news in search, its algorithm surfaced videos from news publishers, pushing down trolls  —  How a simple ‘news’ tag can change everything  —  If you searched “Brie Larson” on YouTube a couple of days ago …
New York Times:
White House Communications Director Bill Shine has resigned to serve as senior adviser on Trump's re-election campaign  —  Bill Shine, the former Fox News executive who joined the White House staff last summer to manage President Trump's communications operation, has resigned and will move …
 
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Alison Weissbrot / AdExchanger:
Product manager says Google is building a podcast app and hopes to surface podcasts in search results by using speech-to-text to understand audio content
Harry A. Jessell / TVNewsCheck:
FCC docs: Apollo Global Management's Terrier Media will pay $3.1B for Cox TV/radio stations, combining them with others and owning 77%; Cox keeps minority share
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Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Former DOJ lead spokesperson Sarah Isgur, who CNN said would be hired as a political editor, says on Twitter that she will be a CNN political analyst instead
Max Willens / Digiday:
NBC News and MSNBC plan to expand their podcasts team; one goal is a podcast focused on the 2020 election, starting out weekly and expanding into a daily show