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6:05 AM ET, October 17, 2019

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Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
The Los Angeles Times reached a tentative agreement with the guild that represents ~475 newsroom employees; the deal could provide immediate pay raises of 5%+  —  The Los Angeles Times on Wednesday reached a tentative labor agreement with the guild that represents about 475 members of its newsroom …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Sources: USA Today's print version likely will wind down after Gannett-GateHouse merger; USA Today publisher, however, says no plans exist to end print edition  —  After a nearly 40-year run, USA Today and its digital sites are about to undergo a major restructuring that will include building …
Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Netflix reports Q3 revenue of $5.25B, up 31% YoY, 158M paid subs globally, up 21% YoY, as net adds increase to 6.8M, up 12% YoY but below 7M company forecast  —  - Shares of Netflix surged after the company reported better-than-expected earnings results for the third quarter.
Kelsey Sutton / Adweek:
NBC News and Wondery team up to develop a slate of original news and politics podcasts beginning in 2020; NBC News will continue developing in-house podcasts  —  Podcast publisher will also take over advertising sales and marketing  —  NBC News and Wondery are teaming up to develop a slate …
Discussion: MediaPost and Bloomberg
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Investigation: US ad agency Ads Inc. ran a subscription-based Facebook scam whereby users rented their account to Ads Inc., which ran $50M in ads since 2016  —  Asher Burke built his company, Ads Inc, on the back of one of the internet's most persistent, lucrative, and sophisticated scams — the subscription trap.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Shonda Rhimes announces a three-year deal with iHeartMedia to produce original podcasts for the iHeartPodcast Network, launches new division Shondaland Audio  —  Hit-making TV writer and producer Shonda Rhimes is jumping into the podcast game in a much bigger way.
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Meredith to shut down Family Circle, the monthly home magazine for women that was launched in 1932, after its December issue, laying off about 25 staffers  —  New York (CNN Business)Family Circle, the monthly home magazine for women that launched in 1932, will close after its December issue publishes.
Joshua Hammer / New York Times:
Profile of Rappler CEO Maria Ressa, who is facing a cumulative sentence of over 63 years in prison if convicted of criminal and civil “cyberlibel” charges  —  Rappler, one of the country's most popular media platforms, has incurred President Duterte and his supporters' wrath …
Joe Otterson / Variety:
Mike Isaac's book, Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber, will be the basis for a Showtime series by Billions creators Brian Koppelman and David Levien  —  Brian Koppelman and David Levien are developing a limited series about ridesharing company Uber for Showtime.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Thrillist names Helen Hollyman, food writer and founding editor of Vice's Munchies, as its new editor-in-chief  —  Thrillist, part of Discovery-backed Group Nine Media, has named food writer and journalist Helen Hollyman its new editor-in-chief.  —  Hollyman will be based in Thrillist's …
Discussion: MediaPost
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
As pubs like Morning Brew and Axios focus on newsletter reengagement campaigns to get back dormant subscribers, some, like WSJ, say it is not worth the effort  —  Increasing email subscriber lists make newsletters more appealing to advertisers, but having a list made up of dead leads drops …
 
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Hollywood Reporter:
Inside's Apple steep learning curve with TV+ and Hollywood, as sources say the company already well outspent its projected $1B annual content budget
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Inside Bob Iger's risky bet on Disney+, set to launch with 35 originals in first year, which executives hope will have 60M to 90M global subscribers by 2024
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
The Sun, the most-read newsbrand in print and online in the UK, plans to expand its digital operations to the US
Discussion: The Drum and News UK Ltd
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Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
Q&A with Lachlan Murdoch about post-Disney plans, Fox Nation success, infighting at Fox News: “unfortunately in the [US], there is less and less civil debate”
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter to restrict user interactions with world leaders' tweets that it deems violate its rules, letting users quote-tweet, but not retweet, like, reply, share
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