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5:15 AM ET, October 3, 2018


 Top News: 
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.
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 /
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
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 outlines its election integrity efforts ahead of midterms, says it removed ~50 accounts pretending to be members of various state Republican parties