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4:10 PM ET, October 9, 2019

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Variety:
Ronan Farrow's Catch and Kill has an interview with former NBC News employee Brooke Nevils, who alleges that Matt Lauer raped her at the 2014 Sochi Olympics  —  Ronan Farrow's new book “Catch and Kill” recounts his investigation of Harvey Weinstein; the hurdles his then-employer NBC News put …
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Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
Q&A with Ronan Farrow about Catch and Kill, which alleges that Weinstein used National Enquirer's dirt on Matt Lauer to pressure NBC to kill Weinstein exposé  —  In his first interview about the explosive ‘Catch and Kill,’ the journalist reveals fresh claims of secret payouts …
Cecilia Kang / New York Times:
Facebook refuses Biden campaign's request to take down a misleading Trump campaign ad, rejected by CNN, reigniting a debate about Facebook and political speech  —  WASHINGTON — The 30-second video ad released by the Trump campaign last week is grainy, and the narrator's voice is foreboding.
Matt Bonesteel / Washington Post:
The Sun takes down a story after Coleen Rooney, wife to soccer star Wayne, says she posted fake Instagram Stories and limited access to find out who was leaking  —  As the wife of one of the world's most famous soccer players, and especially the wife of a famous English soccer player …
Lauren Strapagiel / BuzzFeed News:
Blizzard is facing an intense backlash after banning a player over Hong Kong pro-democracy comments, with some fans boycotting its games  —  Players are boycotting games like World of Warcraft, Overwatch, and Hearthstone after a user was punished for supporting pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong during a tournament.
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Laura Wagner / Deadspin:
Internal memo: ESPN's senior news director mandated that on-air discussion of Houston Rockets exec Daryl Morey avoid political discussion of China and Hong Kong
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
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”
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
Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
Behind Amazon's abrupt change in movie strategy, shifting from Hollywood-friendly big theatrical releases to small-screen viewing  —  LOS ANGELES — “The Aeronauts,” an adventure film about swashbuckling 19th-century hot-air balloonists, was built for the big screen.
Washington Post:
DIA intelligence analyst is charged with leaking classified info to 2 journalists, allegedly to advance the career of one with whom he was romantically involved  —  A counter-terrorism analyst for the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency has been charged with leaking top secret details …
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Discussion: @wblau and @nwquah
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Chernin Group invested $50M in MeatEater, the hunting-focused company whose revenue grew 300% YoY from its podcasts, live events, and other businesses  —  TCG, a venture affiliate of The Chernin Group that invests in media, entertainment, and tech businesses, has doubled down on its investment …
Stefan Nicola / Bloomberg:
How traditional broadcasters in Europe are turning to live content and gimmicks with “bonfire moments” to battle Netflix and other streaming platforms  —  As Netflix, Amazon, and Apple steal viewers from traditional TV, one German broadcaster is fighting back—with a green-suited grasshopper …
Washington Post:
The Washington Post to debut Launcher, a new section dedicated to video gaming, esports competitions, and gaming culture, on October 15  —  The Washington Post today unveiled “Launcher,” a new section dedicated to video gaming, esports competitions and gaming culture.
Discussion: @genepark and @crecenteb
Melynda Fuller / MediaPost:
Meredith debuts NSFW(ish), a weekly long-form newsletter focusing on sex, love, and relationships for millennial women with content taken from its brands  —  Culling content from its portfolio of women-focused brands, Meredith Corp debuted a new long-form newsletter called NSFW(ish).
Kaitlyn Tiffany / The Atlantic:
Newsletter platforms like Substack, which recently raised a $15.3M funding round, offer some writers a sustainable business model, but others see a bubble  —  Venture capital has finally come for the least sexy communication style.  —  It's unclear to me whether anyone has ever fallen in love over email …
Jeremy Barr / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News says former Congressman Trey Gowdy has “been terminated and is no longer a contributor”, as he joins Trump's legal team as an outside counsel  —  The network hired the former congressman at the beginning of the year.  —  As a former high-profile member of the House of Representatives …
 
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Jason Lynch / Adweek:
OpenAP, an alliance of Viacom, NBCUniversal, Univision, and Fox, rolls out OpenAP Market, which enables targeted video advertising across digital and linear TV
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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
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