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5:15 AM ET, October 3, 2018

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Maureen Ryan / Hollywood Reporter:
Brad Kern, a consulting producer on NCIS: New Orleans, has been fired by CBS Television Studios following a third HR probe into harassment and other allegations  —  A third investigation into the former ‘NCIS: New Orleans’ showrunner has resulted in his dismissal from the CBS procedural and his overall deal being terminated.
Tim Ingham / Music Business Worldwide:
Filing: Warner Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment bought 68M+ shares in Tencent Music Entertainment ahead of its US IPO for a cash aggregate of ~$200M  —  MBW has started digging through Tencent Music Entertainment's IPO filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Reuters:
Tencent Music formally files for IPO in the US, says it had $263M profit on $1.3B revenue in the first half of 2018
Erin Arvedlund / Philly.com:
The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and watchdog outlet The Caucus are joining forces to cover the state with a project called Spotlight PA  —  At a time of dwindling resources for news, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and The Caucus …
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed News:
Singapore legislation, expected to pass next year, will give the government “powers to swiftly disrupt the spread and influence of online falsehoods”  —  Government hearings in Singapore put Facebook under intense scrutiny and have paved the way for a new fake news law in the country.
David Bauder / Associated Press:
NYT says it shouldn't have assigned Emily Bazelon, a magazine writer who criticized Kavanaugh on Twitter, to story on Kavanaugh's alleged role in bar fight  —  NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Times said Tuesday that it should not have assigned a writer who criticized Brett Kavanaugh on social media …
Rebecca Morin / Politico:
White House corrects transcript from press conference to reflect Trump insulting ABC journalist Cecilia Vega by saying that she never thinks  —  The White House on Tuesday corrected its official transcript of President Donald Trump's Monday press conference in which he insulted an ABC reporter.
Discussion: The Daily Beast and CNN
Samantha Cole / Motherboard:
Wikipedia editors have voted to classify Breitbart as an unreliable reference for facts and decided that Infowars should be generally prohibited as a source  —  Alex Jones' InfoWars and the far-right media outlet Breitbart can't be used as a source of fact in Wikipedia articles anymore, “due to its unreliability.”
Mike Fleming / Deadline:
Legal battle for filmmaker Brett Ratner, who stopped working on Warner Bros. jobs last year amid sexual misconduct claims, ends with no money changing hands  —  EXCLUSIVE: (Updated with additional lawyers' statement) Nearly a year after she claimed that Brett Ratner sexually assaulted …
Discussion: Los Angeles Times and IndieWire
Jason Rezaian / Washington Post:
Jamal Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washington Post and a prominent critic of Saudi Arabia, has disappeared after entering Saudi consulate in Istanbul  —  Our contributor Jamal Khashoggi entered the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul on Tuesday afternoon.  Many hours later, there is still no news from him.
 
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Tim Peterson / Digiday:
TV networks and studios are using chat fiction app Yarn to target younger audiences for their existing shows and to develop new content franchises
OpenSignal:
Survey of overall mobile video experience in 69 countries, where Czech Republic and Hungary top the rankings and US is 59th
Alex Cooper / OCCRP:
Slovak authorities arrest woman alleged to have ordered the hit on local investigative journalist Jan Kuciak for €70K
Diane Pathieu / ABC7 Chicago:
Reporter Zachary Siegel was taken into custody after a judge in trial of police officer Jason Van Dyke said Siegel broke the judge's decorum order by recording
WashPostPR / Washington Post:
The Washington Post Magazine has relaunched with a redesign for the print edition, new editorial features, and more
Discussion: MediaPost
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Brittany Shepherd / Washingtonian:
Washingtonian staff writer Brittany Shepherd on the difficulties of covering the White House as one of the few black reporters in the DC press corps
Hannah Storm / Poynter:
British journalist Hannah Storm, who was sexually assaulted twice while working as a freelance correspondent, discusses making the news industry safer for women
Erik Pedersen / Deadline:
PBS won seven awards at the annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards; HBO won for coverage of the Charlottesville rally by Vice News Tonight
Discussion: Washington Post and Variety
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
Freelance journalist Carl David Goette-Luciak was arrested and deported from Nicaragua after a “targeted online harassment campaign”
Twitter:
Twitter outlines its election integrity efforts ahead of midterms, says it removed ~50 accounts pretending to be members of various state Republican parties