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2:00 PM ET, October 8, 2019

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 Top News: 
Daniel Victor / New York Times:
China's state broadcaster cancels NBA preseason games after a Houston Rockets exec tweets Hong Kong support; 21M watched Game 6 in 2019 in China vs. 18.3 in US  —  A tweet from the Houston Rockets general manager prompted a backlash in China, making things uncomfortable for a league used …
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Bloomberg:
Blizzard Entertainment, part-owned by Tencent, bans player from competing for one year and rescinds prize money he won after pro-Hong Kong comments  —  - Expressing sympathy for Hong Kong democracy push proves costly  — Hearthstone player won't be allowed to compete for a year
Reuters:
South Park creators tweet mock apology to China: “We welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts. We too love money more than freedom”  —  The creators of satirical animated series “South Park” issued a mocking “apology” to China after media reports that episodes …
Hollywood Reporter:
China's censors reportedly scrub South Park clips, episodes, and online discussions from streaming services, social media after critical “Band in China” episode
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
European Commission makes a call for tenders to create the European Digital Media Observatory, the first core service of a platform to fight disinformation  —  The European Commission has taken the first step towards establishing a new digital platform to help coordinate the fight against disinformation.
Mike Allen / Axios:
Steve Hayes and Jonah Goldberg launch The Dispatch, a center-right digital media company with a site, newsletters, and podcasts, in partnership with Substack  —  Two of the biggest names in conservative journalism — Steve Hayes, formerly of the now-defunct Weekly Standard, and Jonah Goldberg …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
60 Minutes plans to launch 60 in 6, an original 6-minute weekly program on Quibi in April  —  The newest edition of “60 Minutes” will have decidedly less time to make its point.  —  The venerable CBS newsmagazine plans to launch an original weekly program - just six minutes in length …
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Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
ESPN to make a daily sports highlights show for Quibi, expected to debut alongside the platform in April; ESPN will license the content but retain ownership
The Daily Beast:
RealClear Media, owner of “non-partisan” news site RealClearPolitics, secretly runs a conservative Facebook page with ~800K followers pushing far-right memes  —  RealClearPolitics has carefully cultivated a non-partisan image—while in the shadows its parent company pushes images …
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Facebook Journalism Project selects ~20 European publishers for a new three-month program on video programming with $300K in funding to be split among them  —  Facebook's latest gesture to news publishers is a three-month program to help them master video programming that comes with $300,000 in funding …
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Wall Street Journal:
Group Nine has agreed to acquire women's lifestyle publisher PopSugar; sources say the all-stock deal is worth $300M and values Group Nine at more than $600M  —  All-stock deal values women-focused publisher PopSugar at $300 million; follows recent acquisitions involving Vox Media, Vice Media
AllAccess.com:
Stitcher strikes deals with The Podcast Exchange in Canada and Whooshkaa in Australia to help local advertisers buy ad inventory across its podcasts  —  STITCHER has inked deals with THE PODCAST EXCHANGE (TPX) for advertising sales representation in CANADA and with WHOOSHKAA for ad rep responsibilities in AUSTRALIA.
Discussion: Nieman Lab and PR Newswire
Erich Schwartzel / Wall Street Journal:
Users of the Disney+ trial in the Netherlands like the service but say it doesn't remember where they left off and that volume is low; Disney's working on fixes  —  Testers in Netherlands note flaws but like access to company's movie catalog.  ‘I will probably be watching Netflix less’
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Filings: Quartz lost more than $16M on $12M in revenue through the first six months of this year  —  Kevin Delaney co-founded the digital publication in 2012.  —  Kevin Delaney, the editor in chief of Quartz and one of the digital publication's co-founders is stepping down as part of a shake-up of the company's leadership.
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Sara Jerde / Adweek:
Quartz to search for new editor-in-chief as Kevin Delaney steps down; co-founder Zach Seward to replace Delaney and Jay Lauf as CEO, Katie Weber named president
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
NBC Entertainment co-chairman George Cheeks shifts to vice chairman of NBCUniversal Content Studios in major restructure, leaving Paul Telegdy as sole chairman  —  NBCUniversal is making sweeping changes, restructuring its broadcast, studio and digital operations and assigning new roles …
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Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Matt Strauss to run NBCU's Peacock, replacing Bonnie Hammer, who now oversees Content Studios, a consolidation of Universal TV and Universal Content Productions
 
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Reuters:
Martin Sorrell's S4 Capital has finalized a $150M merger with Firewood, Silicon Valley's biggest independent agency, whose clients include Facebook and Google
Discussion: CNBC
Lisa Bonos / Washington Post:
Tinder debuts Swipe Night, a choose-your-own adventure series inside its app with weekly episodes, and hopes to match users based on their in-game choices
 Earlier Picks: 
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
As interviewers get more insistent, the White House isn't sending their usual representatives to Sunday shows, instead seeking to get their message out via ads
Ronan Farrow / New Yorker:
First excerpt from Ronan Farrow's Catch and Kill describes how private investigators working for Harvey Weinstein surveilled Farrow and NYT's Jodi Kantor