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2:30 PM ET, November 19, 2019

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Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
Texas Tribune EIC and chief audience officer are stepping down to launch a national nonprofit news organization aimed at giving women “facts, tools, and info”  —  They'll exit their leadership roles at The Texas Tribune at the end of the year.  We couldn't be more grateful …
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Matt Novak / Gizmodo:
Facebook exec defends Breitbart on Facebook News, saying Breitbart is not being paid and balances out “far left” outlets, but it's unclear which ones she meant  —  Facebook recently announced that white supremacist propaganda site Breitbart would be considered a “high quality” …
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
DOJ antitrust head Makan Delrahim says the DOJ will move to end the 1940s Paramount consent decrees, which limit major distributors' control over theater chains  —  The Justice Department will ask a federal court to eliminate the Paramount consent decrees, the 71-year-old restrictions …
Dieter Bohn / The Verge:
Google announces Your News Update, an Assistant-powered audio feature that chooses stories based on interests, location, and more, available first in the US  —  It plays from a variety of sources instead of just the few you hand-pick  —  Google is rolling out a new service for Google Assistant that it's calling “Your News Update.”
CNN:
Current and former The Hill employees: owner Jimmy Finkelstein tells editors when Trump coverage too harsh, staff in “revolt” over handling of John Solomon saga  —  New York (CNN Business)James “Jimmy” Finkelstein, the owner of The Hill newspaper, is not a widely known media executive …
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Michael Calderone / Politico:
The Hill says it's reviewing, annotating, and when appropriate, correcting former columnist John Solomon's opinion pieces referenced in the impeachment inquiry
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Patreon says it has paid out $1B+ to creators since its 2013 launch, up from $500M in Q4'18, has 4M+ members, up from 3M in Jan., and plans European expansion  —  Membership services startup Patreon has paid out over $1 billion to creators since its launch in 2013, the company announced Tuesday.
Max Willens / Digiday:
Reuters Connect, the B2B content marketplace for news publishers, adds seven national news agencies, including Australia's AAP and Argentina's LANA  —  With news publishers' video needs growing all the time, Reuters is hoping to build itself into a marketplace that can serve all of them.
Discussion: Reuters
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify launches Your Daily Podcasts, a personalized podcast playlist, featuring trailers, older evergreen episodes, and more, available in the US and elsewhere  —  Spotify is taking the personalization technology that powers its music playlists, like Discover Weekly and Daily Mix, and turning it to podcasts.
Richard Vega / The Streamable:
Amazon unveils $34.99 Fire TV Blaster, a new infrared device that brings more TV voice commands for those with a Fire TV and Echo  —  The Streamable is reader-supported and may earn an affiliate commission when you sign up with our links.  —  Amazon today announced their new Fire TV Blaster …
NBC News:
Emails show that a 2015 article, fed by Stephen Miller, ran in Breitbart with a “Breitbart News” byline at Miller's insistence, disguising opinion as editorial  —  The emails offer a window into just how closely Miller coordinated with Breitbart, a publication that backed President Donald Trump early in his campaign.
 
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Dylan Byers / NBC News:
Sources: the DNC disapproves of Politico's choice of moderator for next month's Democratic debate, Tim Alberta, in part because of past work for National Review
Tim Ingham / Music Business Worldwide:
Amazon expands its free ad-supported version of Amazon Music to its mobile apps, FireTV, and the web, with access to select playlists and radio-like stations
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Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Epstein's death was an injustice, but the press can hold him and alleged enablers to account, as Emily Maitlis showed in her outstanding Prince Andrew interview
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times' TV show, The Weekly, is now available for US subscribers via its website, five months after launching on FX and Hulu
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Molly Blackall / The Guardian:
In proposals to Ofcom, BBC seeks to cut the news shown on its children's channel from 85 to 35 hours per year, scrapping the 50-year-old afternoon news segment
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Interview with TV host and film producer Soledad O'Brien on her critiques of journalism in the Trump era, which she often shares to her 1.1M Twitter followers
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet says Trump puts journalists' “lives at risk” when he subjects them to personal attacks and calls them names
Knight Foundation:
Gallup/Knight study: 86% of Americans believe people should have access to local news, but only 1 in 5 subscribe or donate to local news organizations