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1:45 PM ET, March 12, 2019


 Top News: 
Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
Despite calls for boycotts, Tucker Carlson is averaging 2.9M viewers per episode so far in 2019, far surpassing his direct competition on MSNBC and CNN  —  Despite the renewed calls to #FireTuckerCarlson over his inflammatory comments in recently resurfaced old interviews …
Washington Post:
A day after releasing audio of Tucker Carlson's misogynist remarks, Media Matters releases second wave of clips in which he uses racist and homophobic language
Madeline Peltz / Media Matters for America:
Clips surface of Tucker Carlson's calls into Bubba the Love Sponge's radio show from 2006 to 2011, where he often spoke in vulgar terms about women and teen sex
Cristiano Lima / Politico:
Facebook pulled ads from Sen. Warren's campaign calling for the breakup of Facebook and other tech giants, citing policy violations, but is now restoring them  —  Facebook removed several ads placed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren's presidential campaign that called for the breakup of Facebook and other tech giants.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
How Schibsted's news app Peil, which was launched in 2017 and targets 18-25-year-olds, has attracted more young readers and grown retention from 25% to 35%  —  News publishers are scrambling to get younger audiences acquainted with their brands.  Nordic publishing giant Schibsted …
Discussion: @digiday and @digiday
Cameron Faulkner / The Verge:
Spotify Premium now includes a free subscription to Hulu's ad-supported plan; offer available to new and existing users in the US until June 10  —  This is the best deal in music streaming  —  Spotify Premium now includes a free subscription to Hulu's ad-supported plan.
The Daily Beast:
The Breakfast Club, a hip-hop morning show on New York's Power 105.1 radio station, has become known for its interviews with Democratic 2020 candidates  —  The morning show has hosted a number of Democratic candidates, asking personal questions that draw new eyeballs.
Ryan Devereaux / The Intercept:
Senators Ron Wyden and Chuck Grassley have called on CBP's chief to provide a briefing on border operations on Thursday, including the targeting of journalists  —  There were nearly a dozen categories of individuals catalogued in the government's secret list of border troublemakers.
Discussion: NewsLab
Jenna McLaughlin / Yahoo News:
Months after the murder of Jamal Khashoggi followed by weak pushback from the White House, Saudi Arabia has quietly been lobbying Washington again  —  WASHINGTON — In the immediate aftermath of the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia's army of well-paid lobbyists …
Jared Holt / Right Wing Watch:
AP's partnership with wire services means it publishes press releases to its site without review, including some anti-vaxx articles, right-wing stories, more  —  The Associated Press, a standard-bearer for the news industry, published at least three press releases on its website …
Discussion: @rvawonk
David Uberti / Columbia Journalism Review:
Sources: BuzzFeed News employees are growing skeptical of the company's business model, with the future of shows like AM to DM dependent on outside platforms  —  In retrospect, BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti's March 2014 memo to staff, titled “Is History Repeating Itself?” reads like an extended challenge …
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
At SXSW, Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff said the company plans to experiment with paywalls; BuzzFeed CEO Peretti said company made $3M from Facebook video in Q4 2018
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Disney says its acquisition of 21st Century Fox is expected to close on Wednesday, March 20
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and Adweek
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Donna Lamar, Vice Media's group creative director, is leaving the role after a year and rejoining Twitter, her previous employer, as creative director
Discussion: Ad Age and Adweek
Elsa Keslassy / Variety:
Cindy Holland, VP for original content at Netflix, says subscribers spend around two hours a day on the service, mainly on TV and other devices
Mike Allen / Axios:
More than a dozen books about Trump's Washington by prominent journalists are due to be published, with some commanding up to $1M in advances
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Associated Press:
Waynesville, a small town in Missouri's Ozark hills, lost its local newspaper The Daily Guide, and both residents and public officials have struggled without it
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
New York Magazine's parent company New York Media lays off 16 full-time employees, with 16 part-time and freelance staffers also being let go