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3:05 AM ET, September 18, 2019

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U.S. Department of Justice:
US files civil lawsuit against Edward Snowden after the publication of his book Permanent Record, alleging he violated NDA agreements with the CIA and NSA  —  The United States today filed a lawsuit against Edward Snowden, a former employee of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) …
Josef Adalian / Vulture:
NBCUniversal says its ad- and subscription-supported streaming service will be called Peacock and will launch in April 2020 with over 15,000 hours of content  —  NBCUniversal's upcoming streaming service finally has a name — Peacock — and a whole bunch of newly announced programming.
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Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Netflix acquires the global rights to Seinfeld for five years, starting in 2021 when Amazon and Hulu's rights expire; Hulu was paying $150M a year for US rights
Bobby Allyn / NPR:
Cokie Roberts, a pioneering female journalist at NPR and ABC News, has died at 75  —  Toggle more options  —  Veteran journalist Cokie Roberts, who joined an upstart NPR in 1978 and left an indelible imprint on the growing network with her coverage of Washington politics before later going to ABC News, has died.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Washington Post announces Zeus Prime, which will sell automated ads across a network of media companies that license its Zeus products  —  The Washington Post on Tuesday will unveil Zeus Prime, a product that will allow companies to buy automated ads in real-time, similar to Big Tech platforms.
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
HBO Max secures exclusive five-year streaming rights to The Big Bang Theory in the US, and TBS extends rerun rights to 2028; source says deal is worth ~$600M  —  It is the latest in a string of deals for popular reruns as services battle for content  —  HBO Max, the new direct …
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
Facebook shares more on its upcoming Oversight Board for content decisions and how members are picked, says decisions will be binding even if Facebook disagrees  —  'The board's decision will be binding, even if I or anyone at Facebook disagrees with it,' says Zuckerberg
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Memo from Jonah Peretti: BuzzFeed is looking to hire a president, a role that has been vacant since 2017, and will be profitable in H2 2019 and all of 2020  —  BuzzFeed is looking to hire a new president, according to an internal memo sent from CEO and co-founder Jonah Peretti to staff on Tuesday, obtained by Axios.
Discussion: @lmoses
Drew FitzGerald / Wall Street Journal:
The Information:
Sources: Snap is in early talks with media companies about powering a dedicated news “tab” within the Discover section of the Snapchat app  —  Snap is in early talks with media companies about powering a dedicated news section inside the Snapchat app, according to six people familiar with the talks.
Discussion: Gizmodo and Engadget
 
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The Daily Beast:
How David Brock's Shareblue is hoping to play a more active and harder-nosed reporting role in the progressive media space ahead of the 2020 election
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Sources: as Amazon gets ready to add linear TV channels to IMDb TV, partners push back against its plans to sell all ads with 55% revenue share to publishers
Scaachi Koul / BuzzFeed News:
Interview with Lauren Duca, deemed both a phony and a feminist icon who faced online harassment, as she tries, and sometimes fails, to inspire young people
Catherine Shu / TechCrunch:
News aggregation app SmartNews debuts News from All Sides, a feature that lets users see articles about an event from sources across the political spectrum
Discussion: @baekdal
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
VENN, a Cheddar-like TV network that wants to mix esports with Twitch-like game streaming, raises $17M seed round, plans to launch in 2020
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Joe Otterson / Variety:
SNL says Shane Gillis will not join its cast and that its vetting process was “not up to our standard”, after clips surface of him using racist language
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
A well-reported book offers a thoughtful exploration of the Kavanaugh saga, but its newsworthy information is lost in the furor over a botched NYT excerpt
John Eggerton / Broadcasting & Cable:
FCC votes 3-2 to approve the $7.1B merger of Nexstar and Tribune Media, 214 days after it was announced, in a deal creating the largest US TV station group