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12:40 PM ET, October 16, 2017


 Top News: 
Hollywood Reporter:
In an interview, Bob Weinstein says he's sickened by Harvey Weinstein's seeming lack of remorse, insists Weinstein Co. can survive, more  —  The Weinstein Co. exec insists he had no idea about “the type of predator that he was” and is sickened by Harvey's seeming lack of remorse.
Business Wire:
The Weinstein Company announces investment from Colony Capital, says it's in talks about selling all or part of the company  —  Stabilizes TWC Operations and Reassures Distribution, Production and Talent Partners; Companies Enter Negotiating Period for Potential Sale
Matthew Panzarino / TechCrunch:
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey promises to crack down on hate, violence, and harassment with “more aggressive” rules  —  Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey took to...Twitter today to promise a “more aggressive” stance in its rules and how it enforces them.  The tweet storm was based in a response …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Though Trump's threats against the press have been toothless thus far, they hurt US' ability to be a free press advocate on the world stage  —  As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump vowed to change the libel laws to make it easier to win big lawsuits against news organizations.  It never happened.
Discussion: @sulliview, @jayrosen_nyu and @joelcpj
Alexandria Symonds / New York Times:
Difficulties of reporting on sexual harassment allegations: sources fear of reprisals, settlements containing NDAs, victim blaming, threats of lawsuits  —  It starts with a whisper.  A prominent man has used his wealth and power to harass or abuse a woman — or worse — and then to intimidate her, or to buy her silence.
Discussion: The Guardian
Jackie Wattles / CNNMoney:
Jessica Rosenworcel calls on fellow FCC commissioners to break their silence on Trump's comments on revoking networks' broadcasting licenses  —  FCC commissioner responds to Trump's license tweets  —  A top Federal Communications Commission official is putting pressure on her colleagues …
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
Scientologists are urging advertisers to boycott A&E's Leah Remini show, claiming it's inciting acts of violence and threats against members of the church  —  Letters claim program has triggered harassment, threats of violence against church members; channel backs the show, which won an Emmy
Jessica Davies / Digiday:
With 30M international unique monthly visitors to its site, WaPo wants to grow its overseas digital subs, ad rev, helped by its European branded content studio  —  For U.S. publishers expanding internationally, one of the biggest challenges is brand perception.
Discussion: Washington Post
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Legacy media organizations Condé Nast, Time Inc., and Bonnier Corp. increasingly switch to digital-oriented sales models like digital competitors Vox and Fusion  —  Earlier this year, Condé Nast became the latest legacy publishing company to get rid of the publisher title and replace it with a group sales model.
Business Insider:
Three ad agencies estimated Facebook ad costs of reaching voters in Wisconsin and Michigan with an intention of swaying their vote at $50K-$283K  —  - Three media agencies modeled the cost of using Facebook to reach voters in Wisconsin and Michigan with the intention of swaying their vote.
Discussion: Mashable and Foreign Policy
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Memo: Business Insider promotes Nicholas Carlson to global editor-in-chief and chief content officer  —  Business Insider founder Henry Blodget sent out the following on Monday morning: Team, I have an exciting promotion to announce.  But first, some background.
Discussion: @nichcarlson and @thestalwart
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