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7:45 PM ET, September 17, 2019

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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
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) …
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 …
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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  —  Video game industry veterans Ariel Horn and Ben Kusin have raised a massive $17 million seed funding round to launch a new gaming-focused TV network called VENN.
Chris Dolmetsch / Bloomberg:
Lawsuit filed by investors alleges AT&T employees created fake accounts for DirecTV Now to boost subscriber numbers ahead of its 2018 merger with Time Warner  —  - Investors claim in lawsuit that AT&T misled them with numbers  — Employees allegedly taught to secretly add customer accounts
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  —  Even before the 2016 election, political polarization was increasing, with Americans so entrenched in the news sources they rely …
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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
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
Variety:
France's leading pay-TV group Canal+ to offer Netflix via its set-top box in an exclusive bundle starting Oct. 15, as its subscriber numbers continue to decline
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Reuters:
Sources: Match Group's Tinder has finished filming its first TV series; spokesperson says making shows is part of a larger strategy to be revealed soon
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
BBC:
The Guardian apologizes for publishing an editorial that originally said that ex-UK PM David Cameron had only felt “privileged pain” over the death of his son