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2:25 PM ET, February 29, 2020


 Top News: 
Andrew Marchand / New York Post:
NFL analyst Tony Romo has agreed to remain at CBS Sports, sources say at $17M per season for at least five years, making him the highest paid TV sports analyst  —  Tony Romo has agreed to the largest sports analyst contract in TV history, a deal to remain at CBS which will prevent him from reaching …
Evan Smith / The Texas Tribune:
The Texas Tribune has hired Stacy-Marie Ishmael as editorial director and Millie Tran as chief product officer  —  These superlative journalists and inspiring role models will be The Texas Tribune's new editorial director and chief product officer, respectively.  We're so lucky to have them on our team.
Laura Bassett / GQ:
Columnist Laura Bassett accuses MSNBC's Chris Matthews of making suggestive comments in 2016 as she prepared for his show, part of a pattern on and off air  —  The Hardball anchor frequently demeans women guests with objectifying and belittling comments, both on and off air.
T.C. Sottek / The Verge:
Hannah Dreier / ProPublica:
Sources: Bloomberg threatened to shutter Bloomberg View after getting a call from his friend, a hedge fund manager who complained about a column criticizing him  —  Bloomberg gave media advice to the Sacklers and recommended his longtime mayoral spokesman to them.  The relationship could shadow his presidential bid.
Ian Burrell / The Drum:
How Bloomberg Media is integrating Bloomberg TV+ and QuickTake by Bloomberg into its OTT ecosystem and broadening its appeal to reach younger business audiences  —  As Michael Bloomberg's campaign to win the Democratic nomination and oust Donald Trump from the White House is taking off …
Kyle Pope / Columbia Journalism Review:
As with Trump in 2016, mainstream media is dismissing Sanders, when their job is to report on voters' choices, not to elevate candidates they think should win  —  The Wednesday morning after the 2016 presidential election, I wrote a piece for CJR criticizing the American press for its coverage …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Google agreed to a temporary contract extension with Sinclair Broadcast to keep Fox Regional Sports Networks and YES Network on YouTube TV, as talks continue  —  YouTube TV customers for now still have access to Fox Sports-branded regional sports networks and YES Network …
Discussion: Gizmodo and CNET
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
NBCU's Peacock makes a licensing deal with A&E Networks; the content won't be available at launch in April but will arrive later in the year  —  Peacock, NBCU's upcoming streaming service is expanding its unscripted lineup thanks to a new deal with A&E Networks.
Discussion: The Wrap and The Streamable
The Guardian:
In HK, anti-Beijing publisher Jimmy Lai charged with illegal assembly for attending a protest and intimidation for swearing at a reporter for pro-Beijing paper  —  Lai, who was arrested with two other activists and later released on bail, has been a major financial patron of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement
Katie Kilkenny / Hollywood Reporter:
Proposed amendment to CA's AB5 for freelancer writers, editors, and photographers removes 35-article cap and requires that contracts state pay rates and more  —  Amendments to AB 1850 end the controversial 35-submission cap for freelance journalists and requires that companies allow independent contractors to work for other businesses.
Elizabeth King / Columbia Journalism Review:
As publications shutter, freelance journalists and writers have begun seeking organized-labor protections, of which rate-sharing is a cornerstone
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Ryan Lizza / Politico:
Hillary Clinton to launch a podcast in late spring, co-produced by iHeartRadio and iHeartMedia, featuring her in conversation with a guest
Barbara Allen / Poynter:
Layoffs are under way at newspapers owned by Gannett; one employee has tracked at least 24 newsroom staffers affected, with 40 pressroom positions cut
Dan Froomkin / Press Watch:
Top media outlets normalized Trump's often incoherent press briefing Wednesday on the coronavirus, downplaying his campaign-style insults and slinging of blame