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3:35 PM ET, July 19, 2019

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New York Post:
Sources: GateHouse Media, owned by Fortress Investment Group, is nearing a deal to buy Gannett, which would create the biggest newspaper chain in the US  —  GateHouse Media and its publicly traded publisher New Media Investment Group is deep in talks to buy USA Today owner Gannett …
Matthew Moore / The Times & The Sunday Times:
Head of BBC tells MPs they “could decide BBC is a subscription service” once the compulsory license fee system expires in 2027, but says it's the “wrong model”  —  The BBC could switch away from the licence fee to a Netflix-style voluntary subscription model, the director-general acknowledged yesterday.
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu and @emilybell
Charlie Deitch / Pittsburgh Current:
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to phase out print operations and become digital only; from September 30, the print version will only run Thursday, Friday, Sunday  —  The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette will eliminate its entire print product in a move to become an all-digital publication, according to a letter obtained by the Current.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Zefr sells RightsID and ChannelID, its video rights-management technologies, to Vobile in a deal estimated at $90M  —  Vobile Group, a video protection and measurement company, announced a deal to acquire Zefr's RightsID copyright-management and ChannelID YouTube channel-management businesses for about $90 million.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Time Magazine to run a sponsored cover for its July 29 issue, the third time since 2014  —  Time magazine is running a sponsored cover on the issue dated July 29 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, marking a rare commercial intrusion onto a cover of the venerable magazine.
Discussion: @mgkatz036
Linh Ta / Des Moines Register:
Meredith partners with NYT for six NYT-branded special edition magazines highlighting significant historical and culture events, with the first issue on July 26  —  Meredith Corp. and The New York Times Co. are collaborating to produce a series of special edition magazines, according to a news release from Meredith.
Discussion: PR Newswire and MediaPost
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed News:
A profile of Andy Ngo, whose assault by antifa elevated his career seeking violence and victimization in response to corporate demand for dramatic video  —  Late last month, the conservative media personality Andy Ngo sent me a video made by Popular Mobilization, a group of anti-fascists …
Megan Cassidy / San Francisco Chronicle:
A San Francisco judge quashes warrant used by SFPD to conduct surveillance on journalist Bryan Carmody's phone, essentially barring the use of evidence obtained  —  A judge on Thursday quashed a search warrant used by San Francisco police to conduct surveillance on a journalist's phone …
YouTube Blog:
YouTube adds one click switch between audio and video for YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium subscribers, has time-matched over 5M songs  —  Imagine listening to a new track by your favorite artist in the YouTube Music app and having the ability to seamlessly switch over to watch …
 
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Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Documents show phone calls among Michael Cohen, Hope Hicks, and AMI's David Pecker and Dylan Howard as Stormy Daniels' claims emerged; Trump was on some calls
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Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
A look at what went wrong at Univision since its $13.7B acquisition in 2007, as it explores a sale; execs depict a dysfunctional org hobbled by internal clashes
Jennifer Miller / New York Times:
As podcast service Blubrry says there are now over 700,000 podcasts, with 2,000 to 3,000 launching every month, a look at whether we have reached “peak podcast”
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab:
McClatchy-grown, Google-funded Compass Experiment, a project to build new local news sites, selects Youngstown, OH as its first site with four local journalists