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2:25 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  —  Apple Inc. signed Vox to be part of an upcoming subscription service for newspaper and magazine readers, according to a person familiar with the matter …
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
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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 …
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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  —  Donald Trump chided Fox Business Network anchor Maria Bartiromo as “fake news” over her repeated questions about John McCain …
 
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