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8:45 AM ET, October 11, 2019

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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
G/O Media's Splinter is shutting down due to insufficient traffic; G/O editorial director says staff will be reallocated but some tweet they've been laid off  —  The website's parent company praised the outlet but said it failed to bring in sufficient traffic.  —  Splinter is shutting down.
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Dave Jamieson / HuffPost:
In email, G/O's editorial director tells staff he sees no reason for them to cover Splinter's shutdown and that any post about it will need his approval  —  The editorial director of G/O Media told top editors not to publish anything about the news and opinion site being shut down.
Discussion: @jamieson and @martinsfp
Financial Times:
Sources: James Murdoch's holding company Lupa Systems is buying a minority stake in Vice Media Group, valuing the group that now includes Refinery29 at ~$4B  —  James Murdoch's new holding company has agreed to buy a minority stake in Vice Media Group, according to people briefed on the deal …
New York Times:
AG William Barr met privately on Wednesday with Rupert Murdoch, whose media holdings include Fox News, which recently has been more critical of Trump  —  William P. Barr, the attorney general, met privately Wednesday evening with one of President Trump's frequent confidants, Rupert Murdoch …
Wall Street Journal:
Source: NBCUniversal won't air a Trump re-election campaign ad targeting Joe Biden on its cable networks unless changes are made to the spot  —  Commercial, rejected by CNN last week, alleges Democratic candidate promised Ukraine $1 billion to fire prosecutor
Sara Fischer / Axios:
NYT hires Alex Hardiman as head of product, reporting to the COO; Hardiman has been chief product officer at The Atlantic and head of news product at Facebook  —  The New York Times has hired former Times product veteran Alex Hardiman as the company's head of product, reporting to chief operating officer Meredith Kopit Levien.
PA Mediapoint / Press Gazette:
Extinction Rebellion activists blockade BBC's London headquarters, accusing the network of being silent on climate change  —  Extinction Rebellion activists have blockaded the BBC's central London headquarters, where the main BBC News studio is based, accusing the corporation of being silent about climate change.
Discussion: Sky News and The Guardian
Frank Pallotta / CNN:
Nielsen data shows NFL TV viewership is up around 5% compared to this time last year, attracting an average of about 16M viewers  —  New York (CNN Business)The NFL has so far kept up with a ratings boost that started a season ago.  —  One month into its 2019 season, the league's viewership …
Max Willens / Digiday:
To shift from advertising to subscriber revenue, NYT, WaPo, and Hearst added CMOs in 2018; Kantar: WaPo more than doubled its media spend YoY to $14M in H1 2019  —  Publishers pivoted to subscriptions, in part, to reduce their reliance on a business dominated by Facebook and Google.
Discussion: @lenfestinst
 
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John Seabrook / New Yorker:
A behind-the-scenes look at how OpenAI's GPT-2 predictive text algorithm works, which can be “fine-tuned” to write phony customer reviews or even news articles
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
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Nick Statt / The Verge:
Quartz says its website has been blocked in China and its app has been removed from the App Store due to government complaints about its coverage of HK protests
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Memo: NBC News Chairman Andy Lack disputes Ronan Farrow's claims that NBC mishandled Farrow's reporting on Weinstein and downplayed claim against Matt Lauer
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