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4:25 PM ET, November 7, 2019

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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Bustle laid off or cut at least 10 staffers and contributors Thursday; spokesperson says Bustle Digital Group plans “marquee hires” and a 2020 site relaunch  —  At least nine staffers at Bustle, the online women's publication, were laid off Thursday — the latest sign of distress …
Michelle Mark / Business Insider:
CBS reportedly has fired a staffer who previously worked for ABC and accessed footage of anchor Amy Robach complaining that ABC killed her Jeffrey Epstein story  —  NOW WATCH:  —  The letter F. A stylized bird with an open mouth, tweeting.  The word “in”.  A play button in the shape of a television screen.
Bloomberg:
Nielsen to split into two companies, one focused on global media, the other on tracking consumer preferences, after pressure from investor Elliott Management  —  - Nielsen will split into two: global media and global connect  — Company completes strategic review following activist pressure
Alex Pareene / New Republic:
Rude media like Splinter and Deadspin, which lacked deference to power, are dead; we are left with bootlickers who demand civility and don't challenge power  —  In April, Great Hill Partners, a private equity firm, purchased Gizmodo Media Group, the collection of websites formerly known as Gawker Media, from Univision.
Paul Bond / Hollywood Reporter:
Glenn Beck's The Blaze to shut down its cable channel at the end of the year to focus on its radio, SVOD service, podcasts, and website  —  The media company will continue operating its subscription VOD service, its website, podcasts and radio presence.  —  The Blaze, a multimedia firm founded …
Discussion: @lachlan and The Wrap
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
In a wide-ranging interview, Reed Hastings says Netflix's spending on content will grow and defends cutting an episode of Hasan Minhaj's show in Saudi Arabia  —  Netflix founder and CEO Reed Hastings tackled a wide array of issues surrounding the streaming giant during a packed 30-minute keynote session …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Dish adds ~214K Sling TV subscribers in Q3 for a total of 2.686M+ and loses ~66K pay TV subscribers for a total of ~9.49M  —  Charlie Ergen's company posts its first quarterly net subscriber gain since the fourth quarter of 2017.  —  Charlie Ergen's Dish Network on Thursday …
Substack Blog:
Substack introduces a three-month Fellowship for Independent Writers, starting with five writers who will receive a stipend and support with publicity and more  —  Today, we're proud to announce the start of a program that we hope will become an important part of how Substack supports writers …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Emails show organizers of a major UK arms conference rejected credentials for a Middle East Eye reporter due to concern “he will not write anything positive”  —  A journalist was barred from a major UK arms fair because organisers believed he would “not write anything positive” …
SPJ News:
SPJ and 28 other groups pen letter urging Congress to allow federal employees to communicate with the press without having to report contact to authorities  —  Patricia Gallagher Newberry, SPJ National President, 513-702-4065, pattinewberryspj@gmail.com  —  Jennifer Royer …
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Streaming service Britbox debuts in the UK, two years after its US launch, for £5.99 a month; it is a joint venture among UK broadcasters including BBC and ITV  —  It will eventually host content from the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5  —  Britbox, the streaming service formed …
 
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Peter Debruge / Variety:
Motion Picture Academy changes rules for nominating foreign language films to make voting more accessible, including allowing all members to stream contenders
MediaPost:
Conviva: streaming video quality is improving, with PCs seeing the most consistent quality improvements, but 39% of streaming video ad attempts fail
Chris O'Brien / VentureBeat:
Avaaz: false stories on Facebook had 158M views in 2019, greater than before the 2016 election, with 86M views in the last 3 months, up 3x over the prior 3
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Casey Newton / The Verge:
Twitter announces Topics, which lets users follow 300+ subjects in their timeline, rolling out from Thursday; topics include sports and gaming but not politics
CNN:
So far, mainstream media including Fox News avoid publishing the alleged whistleblower's name in the Trump impeachment probe, amid pressure from Trump allies
Sara Jerde / Adweek:
McClatchy launches Impact2020, a $50/year subscription for political news with an outside-the-beltway approach, via journalists in TX, FL, PA, NC, SC, CA, more