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6:05 PM ET, October 15, 2019

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Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Shari Redstone is exploring a plan to launch a Fox News competitor and has spoken with current and former Fox News personalities, including Megyn Kelly  —  The mogul, who has spoken with former Fox News star Megyn Kelly, may look to rebrand an existing Viacom linear channel to create a conservative-leaning news network.
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Daniel Lippman / Politico:
Ronan Farrow alleges that Dylan Howard, then-EIC of National Enquirer, ordered a staff member to shred sensitive Trump-related documents in early November 2016
Jackie Strause / Hollywood Reporter:
In a memo to staff, NBC News president pushes back against Catch and Kill, says “there is no evidence of any reports of Lauer's misconduct before his firing”
BuzzFeed News:
As Facebook says politicians can lie in ads, so far in October it has banned 160+ ads from Trump, Biden, Warren, Sanders, Steyer for profanity and fake buttons  —  Last week, Facebook announced that it would allow political candidates to lie in ads posted to its platform …
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook should ban political ads and let candidates communicate via their pages since it doesn't need the money and doesn't want to police political speech
August Graham / Independent.ie:
UK's Telegraph Media Group reports a 61%+ fall in operating profits YoY to £8.1M in 2018 even as subscription revenue rose 10% YoY, making up 54% of revenue  —  Telegraph Media Group revenues fell by 2.7% last year to £278.1 million.  —  The owner of the Daily Telegraph …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News Media president says Shepard Smith's timeslot will be filled next year, with current news anchors doing stints to replace him in the meantime  —  Shepard Smith has left the Fox News building, but his hour will remain staffed by employees from the network' news division.
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New York Times:
How Trump is cajoling and bullying his closest media ally Fox News as a total-loyalty litmus test, even as impeachment ups the stakes
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
On The Vergecast, Twitter Product Lead Kayvon Beykpour says they are exploring “a form of ephemerality” to avoid the risk of old stigmatizing tweets resurfacing  —  “These are some of the biggest reasons why people don't tweet.  Which is why we actually take this very seriously."
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Sky launches “Sky News: Brexit Free” channel on TV and YouTube in response to a study that found that 70% of news-avoiding Brits were doing so because of Brexit  —  Sky News is launching a “pop-up channel” free from any mention of Brexit.  —  Sky News: Brexit Free will go live …
Discussion: Sky News
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter to restrict user interactions with world leaders' tweets that violate its rules, will let users quote-tweet, but not retweet, like, reply, or share  —  Twitter said it will restrict how users can interact with tweets from world leaders who break its rules.
Kelsey Sutton / Adweek:
Crackle parent company CSS Entertainment forms Landmark Studio Group, which will create content to attract viewers to Crackle and its other AVOD services  —  Landmark Studio Group will develop TV and films  —  Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment (CSS Entertainment) …
Discussion: Variety and The Streamable
Max Willens / Digiday:
The most recent version of Apple's Safari browser prevents sites from detecting when users are using private browsing, following in Chrome's footsteps  —  Publishers have discovered a new, Apple-shaped hole in their metered paywalls.  —  The most recent version of Apple's Safari browser …
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
eMarketer: Google will take 37.2%, or $48.05B, of all US digital ad spend this year, down from 38.2% in 2018, while Amazon will take 8.8%, up from 6.8% in 2018  —  Google dominates the search ad market today, but eMarketer's latest forecast shows that within the next two years, Google's revenue share will fall and Amazon's will rise.
Discussion: Adweek and Ad Age
New York Times:
Conference attendees at a Trump resort in Miami were shown a video of a fake Trump killing news media and political opponents in a church  —  WASHINGTON — A video depicting a macabre scene of a fake President Trump shooting, stabbing and brutally assaulting members of the news media …
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
If Trump doesn't condone violence against journalists, he should stop inspiring it
 
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Press Gazette:
Head of the marketing arm of UK national news brands: ~19M people read newspapers online daily, a 14% rise YoY, but ad spend on news brands to rise 1.1% in 2019
Todd Spangler / Variety:
TV Time, whose app provides user-reported data about TV and movie engagement, acquires Mediamorph, a provider of content distribution and tracking services
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
TiVo's ad-supported Roku Channel equivalent TiVo+ is launching today, available exclusively to TiVo device owners
Discussion: Light Reading
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Entercom's Radio.com launches Rewind feature, which will allow listeners to pause, rewind, and fast-forward live radio via its online player and app
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Jon Fingas / Engadget:
Fox Sports is creating highlight packages and exclusive interactive shows for Facebook Watch focused on football, soccer, and sports betting
Discussion: Fox Sports
Alison Flood / The Guardian:
The 2019 Booker Prize jointly shared by Margaret Atwood, the oldest winner at 79, and Bernardine Evaristo, the first black woman awardee, in its 50-year history
Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
ABC News pulls and apologizes for airing a video that was meant to show Turkey bombing Kurds, but seems to have been made in 2017 in Kentucky