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3:45 PM ET, September 3, 2019


 Top News: 
Yair Rosenberg / Tablet Magazine:
Trump admin staffer quit just before Bloomberg reported his 2016 Facebook posts were anti-Semitic; omitted context shows the posts actually mocked anti-Semitism  —  On August 12, conservative lawyer Leif Olson began work in the Trump administration's Department of Labor.  On August 30, he resigned.
Jillian Ambrose / The Guardian:
The New York Times drops sponsorship of one of the world's biggest oil industry conferences: “we want there to be no question of our independence”  —  Newspaper says event ‘gives us cause for concern’ after protests outside its offices  —  The New York Times has scrapped plans …
Editor & Publisher:
Newspaper industry magazine Editor & Publisher has been sold to media consultant Mike Blinder for an undisclosed sum  —  Duncan McIntosh, president and group publisher of the Duncan McIntosh Co., Inc. and owner of Editor and Publisher (E&P), has announced today the sale of the trade magazine …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Podcasts are being review-bombed in coordinated campaigns aimed at putting thousands of one-star reviews on their Apple Podcasts pages; hosts have no recourse  —  Justin Drown's true crime podcast, Obscura, always seemed to garner positive reviews.  For the first year he hosted the show …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey promoted to added roles of AT&T COO and president  —  The telecom giant said this was “a new position reporting to Randall Stephenson, AT&T chairman and CEO.”  —  AT&T said Tuesday that WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey will take on the additional roles of president …
Hilary Russ / Reuters:
Fox becomes the first major media company in North America to become the face of a sports gambling platform with the launch of FOX Bet, now live in New Jersey  —  NEW YORK (Reuters) - When Rupert Murdoch's Fox Corp (FOXA.O) launches the FOX Bet sports betting platform on Monday …
YouTube Blog:
YouTube has removed 100K+ videos and 17K channels for hate speech, ~5x more than in Q1, since implementing changes to its hateful content policies in June  —  Over the past several years, we've redoubled our efforts to live up to our responsibility while preserving the power of an open platform.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Vice says it grew its video ad revenue by 120% globally after launching Video Everywhere, to sell video ads across multiple platforms, in September  —  Over the last year, Vice Media began selling video ads against its content across multiple platforms by pitching itself to agencies as a place …
The Independent:
UK's Independent Digital News and Media, publisher of The Independent and Indy100, names John Paton as chairman; Paton formerly founded Digital First Media  —  'I am excited to work with the team to expand the first truly independent, digital pure-play quality journalism company in the world,' he says
Discussion: @jxpaton
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UBS survey of 1K US consumers: 43% plan on subscribing to Disney+, of which 57% say they'll cancel another sub; 67% of respondents would add it to existing subs
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Jeremy Fuster / The Wrap:
Rotten Tomatoes says 55% of the 600 critics it added in the past 12 months are women, after changing critics criteria to focus on individual qualifications