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12:55 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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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
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  —  Tucker Carlson was in Florida by the time Media Matters, a liberal watchdog group, published the first batch …
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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
Monojoy Bhattacharjee / What's New in Publishing:
Report: YouTube is now responsible for 37% of all mobile internet traffic, ahead of Facebook's 8.4%; media time spent on mobile in US rose from 21% to 24% YoY  —  Smartphones are the big gainers in media consumption year-over-year, according to the just-released Nielsen's Q3 2018 Total Audience Report.
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  —  Anticipated layoffs have begun at Fox, following the storied studio's sale to Walt Disney Co. earlier this week.
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
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
Richard Lawler / Engadget:
Comcast's Xfinity Flex, a $5/month service for its broadband customers, comes with a 4K set-top box and access to paid and free, ad-supported streaming services  —  Comcast's latest bundle isn't a cable TV service, exactly, since it's aimed at the increasing number of subscribers who only have internet.
Rosemary Feitelberg / WWD:
John Homans has been named editor of Vanity Fair's media, technology, and business vertical The Hive  —  Telling stories in one voice, repurposing online content for the magazine and “figuring out how the two can work together” are among the editor's priorities.
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
Vikas SN / The Economic Times:
Sources: Netflix is testing a low-cost, mobile-only subscription with select users in India, for half the price of its entry-level plan in the country  —  In October last year, Netflix chief product officer Greg Peters had said that they will experiment with their pricing models to grow …
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”  —  A new survey of the network's watchers reveal the hard core of the Republican Party and how hopeless it is for Democrats to try and court them.
 
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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
Marcela Kunova / Journalism.co.uk:
Slovakia's Investigative Center of Jan Kuciak continues his work on organized crime in collaboration with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project
Daniel Schneider / CheddarNews:
Cheddar says it will publish exclusive stories on Medium as part of the $5/month Medium subscription; Medium will pay Cheddar based on reader engagement
Discussion: Talking Biz News, Thanks:@steverubel
James Walker / Press Gazette:
At a UN Human Rights Council session, about 60 media groups support a draft document on the safety and independence of journalists
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Report: for the first time, music streaming accounted for more than half, at 54%, of UK record label income in the UK in 2018 as it hit £468M, up 35% YoY
Julia Jacobs / New York Times:
Bustle names Dan Peres as editor in chief of Gawker.com; Peres was editor in chief of Condé Nast's men's fashion magazine Details for 15 years
Facebook:
The NZ shooting video was harder to block on Facebook than official terrorist propaganda videos because the latter aren't rebroadcast or reshared widely