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9:40 AM ET, September 13, 2018


 Top News: 
CBS News:
Jeff Fager warned CBS correspondent Jericka Duncan in a text about reporting on claims against him: “There are people who lost their jobs trying to harm me”  —  NEW YORK — Jeff Fager, the longtime executive producer of “60 Minutes” who was fired on Wednesday …
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Memo: 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager is leaving CBS amid allegations of inappropriate conduct; CBS News president says Fager violated company policy  —  Story alleges a darker side of ‘60 Minutes’  —  Jeff Fager, the veteran executive producer of “60 Minutes,” …
Michael Sheetz / CNBC:
Verizon says Oath CEO Tim Armstrong will depart at the end of 2018; K. Guru Gowrappan, Oath COO, will assume CEO responsibilities  —  Verizon's head of media and advertising Tim Armstrong will leave at the end of the year, the company announced Wednesday.  CNBC reported Armstrong was in talks to leave as of Sept. 7.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Comparing The News & Observer's coverage of Hurricane Floyd in 1999 with staff of 250 to its coverage of Florence with staff of 65 and 7 nearby sister papers  —  The last time a hurricane took direct aim at North Carolina, back in 1999, the Raleigh News & Observer mobilized most of the 250 people …
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Reddit says EU's copyright law is “a significant blow to the open Internet”; Wikimedia says it's disappointed by “the missed opportunity to modernize copyright”  —  Google declined to directly criticize the directive  —  Today, the European Partliament voted in favor …
James Vincent / The Verge:
EU Parliament approves controversial internet copyright law, including Articles 11 and 13, dubbed the “link tax” and “upload filter”
Nick Vivarelli / Variety:
Under the EU's new copyright directive, streaming services like Amazon and Netflix will be forced to pay higher copyright fees to filmmakers
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
For Our Stories, Snapchat enlists 20 news partners, including CNN, Cosmopolitan, and NBC, to curate user-generated content in the Discover section  —  Snapchat is trying something new: It's giving publishers a way to create videos without too much heavy lifting.
Discussion: Digiday and Axios
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
A look at McClatchy's finances: a market cap of $69M, lowest of seven public newspaper companies, $794M in debt, and continued family control through B shares  —  For more than a decade, the McClatchy family has resolutely kept the newspaper company bearing its name afloat and independent despite a crushing debt load.
Discussion: @poynter
Linda Bloodworth Thomason / Hollywood Reporter:
TV writer Linda Bloodworth Thomason, one of CBS biggest hitmakers, claims Les Moonves blacklisted her from the network for many years  —  Linda Bloodworth Thomason, one of CBS' biggest hitmakers, reveals the disgraced mogul kept her shows off the air for seven years: “People asked me for years, ‘What happened to you?’
Kurt Wagner / Recode:
Instagram COO Marne Levine is moving to Facebook to become VP of global partnerships, following Dan Rose's departure  —  Levine is taking over all of Facebook's global partnerships.  —  One of Instagram's top executives is taking over one of Facebook's biggest jobs: Instagram COO Marne Levine …
Max Willens / Digiday:
Despite newsroom jobs declining 23% over the past decade, The Atlantic, The LA Times, BuzzFeed, Business Insider, and Condé Nast are on hiring sprees  —  Newsroom jobs declined 23 percent over the past decade, according to the Pew Research Center, and tech giants including Google …
John Lynch / INSIDER:
Speaking at a conference on Wednesday, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said Netflix is the “Walmart” of SVOD, while HBO is “Tiffany”  —  - AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson compared HBO to Tiffany, the luxury jewelry retailer, and Netflix to Walmart at a Goldman Sachs conference on Wednesday.
Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson said he has no concerns about the DOJ's appeal of AT&T-Time Warner merger
Discussion: Adweek
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Kantar: people are increasingly turning to groups in messaging apps like WhatsApp, Instagram, and FaceBook Messenger to share news  —  Facebook: “Sociopath,” “bipolar,” “uncool uncle,” “midlife crisis.”  WhatsApp: “Best friend,” “sociable,” “fun,” “honest.”
Wall Street Journal:
Scott Kauffman, CEO of ad holding company MDC Partners, will step down after board members and investors expressed concern over the company's earnings  —  Scott Kauffman exits as the ad holding company faces challenges including client cutbacks and a slowdown in new business
Discussion: Ad Age, Adweek and MediaPost
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Josh Barro / @jbarro:
Senior editor Josh Barro is leaving Business Insider and says he'll announce his next step in the coming days
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Seb Joseph / Digiday:
Facebook to debut new brand-safety measures, so advertisers can see where their in-stream video ads appear, including those in Watch and Instant Articles
Discussion: Marketing
Sean Burch / The Wrap:
Despite its failed bid for Fox, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts says the company is still interested in making acquisitions in the video space
Discussion: Variety and Multichannel News
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris discusses Disney and ABC's reluctance to air an anti-Trump episode which led to him leaving for Netflix
New York Times:
NBC cancelled comedian Norm Macdonald's appearance on “The Tonight Show” following comments he made defending Louis C.K., others