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4:35 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.
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.
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 …
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  —  Quartz says its website has also been banned in mainland China  —  News organization Quartz tells The Verge that Apple …
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
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  —  I glanced down at my left thumb, still resting on the Tab key.  What have I done?  Had my computer become my co-writer?
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
TheMaven CEO says the company plans to build three studios, two in New York and one in LA, to produce 20 hours of news per day for Sports Illustrated  —  Despite a brutal round of cutbacks that resulted in more than 50 people axed at Sports Illustrated last week, the new publisher “definitely” …
 
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
At conference on Brexit, foreign journalists say UK media are being used by the government when it unquestioningly reports what anonymous government sources say
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Gustavo Solis / San Diego Union-Tribune:
A look at local “fixers” in Tijuana, Mexico, who say the work can be particularly gruesome and journalists' requests are often “like a wish list to Santa Claus”
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