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6:55 AM ET, September 27, 2019


 Top News: 
New York Times:
NYT's Dean Baquet responds to concerns that posting details about the whistleblower whose claims led to an impeachment inquiry could endanger the whistleblower  —  Our executive editor, Dean Baquet, addresses readers' concerns about the decision to publish information on a person who is central to the Trump impeachment inquiry.
Trevor Timm / GEN:
Leaks to the press, considered highly illegal by DOJ, are vital to democracy, and lawmakers should commend leaks that happen when official processes get stifled  —  Yet lawmakers of both stripes demonize people who share information with the press  —  onald Trump is now closer than ever to being impeached by the House.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace cut away from Trump's live news conference on Wednesday citing falsehoods made by the president; other networks chose to fact-check
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Inside Fox News, tensions flare as Trump faces impeachment; source: board member Paul Ryan is advising Lachlan Murdoch that Fox should break with the president  —  In public, Donald Trump's allies are putting on a brave face, repeating talking points, mostly staying on message.
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Lionsgate promotes Starz COO Jeffrey Hirsch to president and CEO; Hirsch has been running the network since the March exit of former Starz CEO Chris Albrecht  —  Lionsgate has promoted Starz COO Jeffrey Hirsch to President and CEO of the premium network, inking a new long-term contract.
Sara Jerde / Adweek:
NYT has closed HelloSociety, the influencer marketing agency it bought in 2016, and will offer its services under the agency Fake Love; about 20 jobs were cut  —  The publisher bought HelloSociety in 2016  —  The New York Times has shuttered HelloSociety, the influencer marketing agency it acquired in 2016, as a stand-alone business.
Discussion: MediaPost
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
Fox-owned TV stations and national channels, including Fox Sports 1, have gone dark on Dish Network TV and for Sling streaming customers, amid carriage dispute  —  Fox-owned TV stations and national cable networks, including Fox Sports 1, have gone dark for Dish Network TV and streaming customers.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube says it will remove content that violates its guidelines regardless of who said it, including politicians, but will make exceptions depending on context  —  Context of videos is important, CEO says  —  YouTube will remove content from politicians using its platform if their content violates …
Sandra Laville / The Guardian:
Dagens ETC, a Swedish newspaper with about 10,000 daily subscribers, says it is stopping taking advertising that promotes fossil fuel-based goods and services  —  Dagens ETC says ban is crucial for its credibility and urges other media to follow suit  —  A Swedish newspaper has announced …
Claire Atkinson / NBC News:
Q&A: Sinclair President and CEO Christopher Ripley on balancing commentary with Ameshia Cross and Boris Epshteyn, an expected streaming bloodbath, and RSN plans  —  The upcoming war among streaming services is going to mean “losses for many years to come for many of those companies …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Germany's Lesewert aims to provide print newspapers with analytics insights by using focus groups, whose members are given a digital pen to track their reading  —  Is that print newspaper getting read, or is it just sitting on a subscriber's coffee table?  —  For most print publishers …
Discussion: @niemanlab
Katie Deighton / The Drum:
IPG Mediabrands UK has teamed up with BrandGuard to ensure its clients' ads don't appear on dubious news sites  —  Interpublic Group's IPG Mediabrands and The Wall Street Journal's publisher, Dow Jones, are both experimenting with alternatives to word blacklisting - a practice borne …
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Jim Milliot / Publishers Weekly:
Hearst Magazines launches two illustrated lifestyle book imprints, though the publishers of its books business says it will remain open to licensing deals
Discussion: MediaPost
BBC upholds a complaint against host Naga Munchetty, saying she breached guidelines by giving her opinion of Trump's “go back” comments about Rep. Omar, others
Matt Naham / Law & Crime:
Alex Jones files a defamation suit against The Young Turks and political candidate Brianna Wu for claiming Jones sent child porn to Sandy Hook parents
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Hollywood Reporter:
HBO leads with ten awards and PBS wins nine at the News & Documentary Emmy Awards
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Verizon is sponsoring a two-year program for free NYT access on computers in any of the 12K US schools in low-income areas that choose to receive it
Discussion: Nieman Lab
Laura Kayali / Politico:
Google refuses to pay publishers in France, first to apply EU's copyright law, will only show headlines and thumbnails, unless publisher asks to add previews