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6:20 PM ET, March 22, 2019

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Reuters:
NYT CEO says third-party distribution deals lead to loss of product control, compares news outlets that partner with Apple to studios that helped Netflix grow  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - Apple Inc is expected to launch an ambitious new entertainment and paid digital news service on Monday …
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Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Source: Apple has signed up Vox for its upcoming news subscription service; other Vox Media properties will not participate initially
Peter Kafka / Recode:
Sources: Apple's new TV service to be unveiled Monday will be a storefront for other streaming services, where Apple will set and offer its own bundles
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Twitter is inserting tweets into the feeds of users that do not follow the accounts which posted them, sometimes inadvertently amplifying extremist rhetoric  —  New York (CNN Business)Imagine opening up the Twitter app on your phone and scrolling through your feed.
Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
Skepticism about Facebook's intentions was widespread among startups and nonprofits at the Local Media Summit, sponsored by Facebook, Knight Foundation, and ONA  —  This week, journalists from dozens of small startups and non-profits joined funders and journalism academics at a small …
TechCrunch:
MoviePass CEO Ted Farnsworth said around 20% of the company's subscriber base abused the service by sharing their pass with others, among other things  —  Ted Farnsworth discusses Helios and Matheson's work to turn around the troubled service  —  Two days after MoviePass announced the return …
Discussion: Business Insider
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Disney employees say the company has not been forthcoming about layoffs, with some sources saying around 3,000 employees will be affected  —  Multiple employees say that Disney has been less than forthcoming about who will be let go and when.  —  At Walt Disney's shareholder meeting two weeks ago …
Discussion: /Film and IGN
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Ryan Faughnder / Los Angeles Times:
Sources: expected layoffs begin after the close of the Disney-Fox deal, with about two dozen senior-level executives at 20th Century Fox affected so far
Geoff Weiss / Tubefilter:
Multichannel network StyleHaul, sold in 2017 to German conglomerate RTL Group, is closing its US office and moving management of influencers and talent to EU  —  Layoffs are coming to StyleHaul, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation, who tell Tubefilter …
Discussion: Variety and @media_evan
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
AT&T's anime-focused Crunchyroll is raising the subscription price for its video service from $6.95 to $7.99/month, effective May 1 for new subscribers  —  AT&T-owned anime subscription video service Crunchyroll is raising its monthly subscription price from $6.95 to $7.99 a month, it announced in an email to members Friday.
Discussion: The Wrap
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
How the American Journalism Project, which raised $42M to help local news, is choosing which sites get grants: quality work, credibility, public purpose, more  —  No pushing in line, please.  Having raised $42 million in just six months, the American Journalism Project …
Discussion: American Press Institute and @raju
PolitiFact:
Politifact is partnering with Noticias Telemundo to offer fact-checking in Spanish for the network's 2020 election coverage  —  PolitiFact will partner with Noticias Telemundo to offer fact-checking in Spanish ahead of the 2020 presidential election.  —  PolitiFact is a fact-checking website owned …
Discussion: @billadairduke
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Fox's Jeanine Pirro to be off the air for a second week; a source says she was suspended for two weeks and that she will return on March 30  —  New York (CNN Business)Jeanine Pirro's weekend show on Fox News, “Justice with Judge Jeanine,” will be pre-empted for a second straight week, according to the network's schedule.
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
Interview with former News Corp SVP Joseph Azam, who says he quit in 2017 over the Murdoch approach to Muslims, immigrants, and race at Fox and other outlets
 
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Rosemary Feitelberg / WWD:
John Homans has been named editor of Vanity Fair's media, technology, and business vertical The Hive
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Sources: some pundits who appear regularly on Fox News “opinion” shows, including Sara Carter, are banned from appearing on the network's news programming
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
In an interview, Trump dismissed Fox Business Channel anchor Maria Bartiromo as “fake news” when she asked about his tweets about John McCain
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Almost 8 out of 10 GOP voters who watch Fox News believe Trump is the best President in US history, as the network presents an “alternative reality”
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