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11:50 PM ET, September 20, 2018


 Top News: 
Shalini Ramachandran / Wall Street Journal:
ESPN says it has signed up more than 1M paying subscribers for ESPN+, its $4.99 a month streaming service launched in April  —  For $4.99 per month, ESPN+ offers a range of sports programming; doesn't offer live ESPN channels  —  ESPN said it has signed up more than one million paying subscribers …
Matthew Belloni / Hollywood Reporter:
Interview with Disney CEO Bob Iger about Disney's upcoming streaming service, ESPN's politics problem, and how #MeToo changed the company  —  The Disney CEO and most powerful person in entertainment opens up about his plan for a Netflix rival, ESPN's politics problem and how #MeToo has changed his company
Ed Pilkington / The Guardian:
Ian Buruma, who left the NYRB on Wednesday, says he stepped down due to social media hounding and pressure from academic advertisers  —  Publication remains silent over rift with Ian Buruma, who faced criticism over his editorial decisions on #MeToo movement
Cara Buckley / New York Times:
Ian Buruma, editor of NYRB, has left his position amid an uproar over publication of an essay by Jian Ghomeshi, a former broadcaster accused of sexual assault
Noah Smith / Washington Post:
LA Times owner Soon-Shiong says his purchase of Daybreak Game Company is part of a wider strategy to combat fake news, help the Times reach more young people  —  LOS ANGELES — The billionaire owner of the Los Angeles Times has made a career, and multibillion dollar fortune …
Kevin Loker / American Press Institute:
Study: only 43% of people can easily sort news from opinion in online-only media, and just 55% can easily distinguish news from opinion in news media in general  —  People often don't know whether the content they see is news or opinion, according to our recent pair of Media Insight Project surveys.
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Amy Beth Hanson / Associated Press:
Lee Enterprises to fold Montana Magazine after nearly 50 years of publishing  —  HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Magazine is folding after nearly 50 years of publishing stories and stunning images of the state's people, geography, history and culture, owner Lee Enterprises announced.
Jem Aswad / Variety:
RIAA: revenues from streaming up 28% YoY to $3.4B in H1 2018, accounting for 75% of recorded music revenue; 75% of streaming revenue comes from subscriptions  —  The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) issued a bullish mid-year report today: Total revenue from recorded music rose 10% …
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
AT&T responds to the DOJ's appeal of the case allowing AT&T to buy Time Warner, saying DOJ has failed to show the merger is harmful to competitors or consumers  —  AT&T has filed its response to the government's appeal of its acquisition of Time Warner, a 58-page catalog of what the company …
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Jon Reid / Bloomberg BNA:
NYT sues FCC for records that NYT alleges may reveal Russian government interference in FCC's comment period before rollback of Obama-era net neutrality rules
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Hulu rolling out an updated web interface designed for watching shows on a computer that shows more options and controls
Discussion: MacRumors and Hulu, more at Techmeme »
Alex Wickham / BuzzFeed:
Documents show UK proposals for internet regulator: companies to be liable for online content and sanctioned for slow removal of illegal material, hate speech
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Study: online ad sales will increase 16% this year to $106.6B, accounting for more than half of all US ad sales
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify says it will now allow indie artists to directly upload their music to the service; the upload feature is debuting in beta on an invite-only basis in US
Anne Davies / The Guardian:
How Rupert Murdoch's News Corp steers politics in Australia to a more conservative approach, with two former prime ministers blaming Murdoch for their falls
Alex Weprin / MediaPost:
Cheddar will provide 20-second news clips on topics like tech and entrepreneurship to GSTV, which programs screens at 18K+ gas stations across the US
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Memo: BuzzFeed is cutting its in-house podcast production team and shutting down most of its podcasts, as it shifts resources towards original video content