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4:35 AM ET, September 30, 2019

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Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs / New York Times:
How a 20-year-old junior at Arizona State University broke the news of the resignation of Trump's special envoy to Ukraine, in the school's student newspaper  —  An editor at Arizona State University's student newspaper beat everyone else to the news that Kurt Volker had stepped down.
The Guardian:
BBC faces a growing backlash for censuring presenter Naga Munchetty for her response to racism; Ofcom to review her words against its own broadcasting code  —  Corporation faces staff revolt over response to presenter's Donald Trump remarks  —  The BBC is facing a growing crisis over its decision …
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
BBC defends Munchetty censure, saying it applied to her discussion of Trump's motivations for his racist comments, though she didn't directly call him racist
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
The Chernin Group buys a majority stake in Food52 for $83M, valuing the ecommerce and media startup which offers recipes and home-improvement tips at $100M+  —  Food52, a media and e-commerce business, was founded by food journalists from the New York Times
Discussion: Vox, @benmullin, @benmullin, @rafat, @rafat and @rafat
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T's John Stankey says DirecTV is rethinking its exclusive deal for NFL's Sunday Ticket package, which ends in 2022; sources: DirecTV loses $500M+/year on it  —  AT&T executive questions growth potential of football package; says the longtime cornerstone could be ‘less critical to the business over time’
Joe Otterson / Variety:
ICM Partners COO Justin Dearborn and HR Chief Cindy Ballard resigned from the talent agency this week, will remain onboard through the end of the year  —  Two top executives are out at ICM Partners.  —  Chief operating officer Justin Dearborn and chief human resources officer Cindy Ballard are leaving …
Discussion: @palewire and The Wrap
Poynter:
Global Disinformation Index study finds that adtech companies spend ~$235M per year running ads on sites found by fact-checkers to publish misinformation  —  How misinformation makes money  —  There has been much written about how fake news websites and other sources make money from spreading misinformation.
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
The Financial Times has closed a WhatsApp group through which it shared one free story about markets per day, both to subscribers and non-subscribers  —  The Financial Times has closed its Whatsapp group through which it shared one free markets story per day with individuals who had signed up.
Discussion: @niemanlab and Talking Biz News
Alison Flood / The Guardian:
PEN America says the country's largest book ban is in state and federal prisons where book restrictions are “often opaque, subject to little meaningful review”  —  George Orwell, John Updike and Barack Obama are among the names PEN America says have been illogically withheld from prisoners
Greg Dool / Folio:
Interview with New York magazine EIC David Haskell, on the acquisition by Vox Media, which surprised many staffers, his first six months as EIC, and more  —  David Haskell on the Vox sale, succeeding Adam Moss and prioritizing journalism in a time of change.
Cherie Hu / Music Business Worldwide:
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Audius, a SoundCloud alternative built on the blockchain, has launched its music streaming service with songs hosted by independent operators to avoid takedowns  —  Launching today  —  “It was SoundCloud's opportunity to lose and now it's ours,” says Audius CEO Roneil Rumburg.
 
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