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7:20 AM ET, September 21, 2019


 Top News: 
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
YouTube reverses course, says channels with verification badges will keep them without appeal and channels that reach 100k subs can still apply for verification  —  A day after announcing significant changes to its verification program, YouTube announced Friday afternoon that it won't be de-verifying existing creators after all.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube CEO apologizes to creators and users over the company's decision to revoke verification statuses and says it is working to address creator concerns  —  Updates are expected to come  —  YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has just apologized to the creator community over the company's decision …
Andrew Bucholtz / Awful Announcing:
AT&T and Sinclair talks continue over carriage of Tennis Channel and local stations in 86 markets, on U-verse, DirecTV, AT&T TV Now; next deadline is Sept. 27  —  There have been plenty of carriage disputes involving AT&T recently, including ones with CBS and Nexstar (resolved) …
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Disney and AT&T reach a deal that will keep ABC, ESPN, The Disney Channel, and more on DirecTV, U-verse, and AT&T TV Now  —  The Walt Disney Co. reached an agreement in principle on a new retransmission consent and carriage deal with AT&T that would keep networks including ABC …
Discussion: Cord Cutters News
Hadas Gold / CNN:
Twitter suspends account of a former Saudi royal court adviser suspected of involvement in Khashoggi murder and six accounts linked to Saudi state media  —  London (CNN Business)Twitter has suspended or removed thousands of accounts linked to governments in the Middle East …
Reuters announces collaboration with Amazon to deliver its news content to Alexa to help answer Amazon customer questions  —  Reuters, the world's largest multimedia news provider, announced today that it is collaborating with Amazon to deliver trusted news content to help Alexa answer even more customer questions.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Richard Middleton / TBI Vision:
At TV conference, Reed Hastings says Netflix has spent £400M in the UK in 2019 and plans a “big increase” next year  —  Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has said the streamer will spend £400m ($500m) on UK programming this year and added that there would be a “big increase” …
Ann-Christine Diaz / Ad Age:
A former chief creative officer of The Martin Agency is suing Adweek, a former editor, and the anonymous Instagram account Diet Madison Avenue for defamation  —  Suit seeks $25 million; attorney says plaintiff plans to also take legal action against his former employer and parent Interpublic Group
Discussion: @moorehn
Reuters hires Joyce Adeluwoye-Adams as its first newsroom diversity editor  —  Reuters today announced that Joyce Adeluwoye-Adams has been appointed Editor, Newsroom Diversity.  —  Reporting to Simon Robinson, Global Managing Editor, Newsroom, Adeluwoye-Adams will lead Reuters efforts …
Discussion: Press Gazette and @iron_emu
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Ana Lomtadze / Global Editors Network:
Interview with Google News VP Richard Gingras on the algorithm change to spotlight original reporting, the difficulty of defining the term, raters, and more
The trial of two Bloomberg journalists, along with 36 other defendants, has begun in Turkey, where they're accused of trying to undermine its economic stability
Discussion: Financial Times
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Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Stephen Brown has been named editor-in-chief of Politico Europe
Leo Barraclough / Variety:
Viacom joins Britbox, the BBC and ITV joint venture, making Comedy Central's UK productions as well as Channel 5 shows available on the platform
Discussion: Reuters and Broadband TV News