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11:15 AM ET, September 21, 2016


 Top News: 
CNN says reports of Lewandowski suspension are untrue while the Trump campaign says it will continue to pay him through remainder of 2016  —  Donald Trump's former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski will be paid by the campaign through the end of 2016, heightening concerns of a conflict of interest for CNN …
Charley Lanyon / New York Magazine:
Fox says it didn't know about Sean Hannity's appearance in recent Trump campaign video, says the network star will not appear in any in future  —  Fox has confirmed that it did not know about a recent Trump promotional video featuring Sean Hannity, and that Hannity would not be appearing in similar videos in the future.
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Twitter will live stream Bloomberg's coverage of all three presidential debates, split revenue from ads displayed during pre-debate and post-debate coverage  —  Hillary versus Trump, live on Twitter.  —  When Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump square off in their first nationally televised Presidential debate …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
ABC News teams up with Facebook to live stream the 2016 general election debates
Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
Viacom's interim CEO and President Tom Dooley will depart November 15, as search for permanent CEO continues  —  Viacom's new interim CEO and president Tom Dooley is set to exit the company — yes, already.  —  Additionally, the company announced on Wednesday that it has dropped …
Mike Klein / Sunlight Foundation Blog:
Sunlight Foundation exploring merger or alliances with other organizations, will discontinue tool building and database maintenance, will retire OpenCongress  —  The board of directors of the Sunlight Foundation has reached some important conclusions about our future.
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Source: Sunlight Foundation will lay off about five staffers out of about 20, a major drop from a staff count of about 40 in early 2014  —  The Sunlight Foundation, the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit dedicated to promoting transparency in government, will lay off five staffers in the coming weeks …
Discussion: @emptywheel, @digiphile and @eads
Jim Milliot / Publishers Weekly:
AAP: mass market paperback sales down 25.5% YoY in Q1 2016, as decline in e-book sales continues  —  Sales of adult books fell 10.3% in the first quarter of 2016, compared to the first period of 2015.  Sales of children's/YA titles dipped 2.1%, according to figures released by the AAP's StatShot program.
Discussion: GalleyCat
Matthew Weaver / Guardian:
Editor of Norway's Aftenposten Espen Egil Hansen challenges Mark Zuckerberg to discuss Facebook's control of news and content  —  Head of Aftenposten, which forced backdown over ‘napalm girl’ photo, accuses Facebook founder of hiding from debate  —  The Norwegian editor who successfully took …
Discussion: Guardian, @eghan and @openrightsgroup
Jordan Cohen / The New York Times Company:
The New York Times partners with Google Jigsaw for comment moderation, sharing comment archive with Jigsaw and using predictive models to help moderators  —  The New York Times is working together with Jigsaw, a technology incubator at Alphabet, Google's parent company, to improve and expand its comments section.
Patrick Foster / Telegraph:
Leaked PricewaterhouseCoopers report shows BBC journalists are paid up to 40% more than commercial rivals  —  BBC journalists are paid up to forty per cent more than their competitors in the commercial sector, according to a leaked review of salaries in the corporation's news division.
Roger Cheng / CNET:
AT&T CEO says company will launch online streaming video service, DirecTV Now, in Q4, will feature 100+ premium channels and “aggressive” price points  —  Not a fan of your cable provider?  AT&T is prepping an alternative for you.  The Dallas-based telecommunications giant plans …
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Mark Sweney / Guardian:
BBC Radio 1 aims to move away from the broadcast schedule with a “phone-first” strategy that starts with commissioning 25 hours of on-demand programming
Discussion: @kollege
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
UK supermarket Sainsbury's to discontinue its Sainsbury's Entertainment on Demand service, outsources its e-books operation to Kobo, owned by Rakuten
Discussion: Engadget, The Wrap and The Bookseller
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Sahil Patel / Digiday:
The Atlantic used underwriting from sponsors including Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, and Netflix to fund three new video projects which will roll out in October