Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
BBC Director-General Tony Hall says he's overturning the decision to censure host Naga Munchetty over her response to Trump's racist comments — Corporation director general Tony Hall emails staff to say he is overturning ruling over impartiality guidelines
Discussion: BBC, @markdistef, @magicmagid, @markdistef, @keeleymp, HuffPost UK, @emilybell, CNN, Financial Times, Yahoo News, The Independent, mirror, @markdistef and @johnwilson14
Mark Di Stefano / @markdistef: Crucially.... and really it is crucial... there is no mention of how and why Naga Munchetty became the sole subject of the complaint and the BBC editorial department's focus on her specifically, as revealed by @jimwaterson this morning.
@magicmagid: Make no mistake - this is as a result of public outcry alone. Common sense may have finally won, but the BBC and its Executive Complaints Unit need to seriously get their act together. Racism is a matter of fact, and it's wrong plain and simple. https://www.theguardian.com/ ...
Mark Di Stefano / @markdistef: BBC director general Tony Hall: “In this instance, I don't think Naga's words were sufficient to merit a partial uphold of the complaint around the comments she made”
Barbara Keeley / @keeleymp: Right decision to reverse this after pressure - but it was always the wrong decision and BBC needs a serious review into how this happened https://www.theguardian.com/ ...
Emily Bell / @emilybell: Fumble fumble, finally a right decision ...which honestly could have been overturned so easily *before* it was published - Naga Munchetty: BBC reverses decision to censure presenter https://www.theguardian.com/ ...
Patricia Nilsson / Financial Times: BBC reverses decision on Naga Munchetty reprimand
Chiara Giordano / The Independent: Naga Munchetty: BBC overturns decision to uphold complaint over presenter calling Trump's tweets racist
Lucy Needham / mirror: BBC director-general Tony Hall overturns Naga Munchetty ruling after fierce backlash
Mark Di Stefano / @markdistef: Hall continued: “There was never any sanction against Naga and I hope this step makes that absolutely clear.”
John Wilson / @johnwilson14: Good. But a single anonymous complaint should never have prompted this in the first place. https://www.theguardian.com/ ...
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Leaked messages show the complaint that led to BBC disciplining Naga Munchetty was also about her co-host, Dan Walker, despite the BBC saying otherwise — Exclusive: Walker also subject of original complaint - but BBC standards chief claimed only Munchetty was targeted — Play Video
Discussion: Nieman Lab, @stephenkb, @afuahirsch, @sophierunning, @alexhern, @charlenewhite, @joannajarjue and @charlesarthur
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab: Is a journalist calling out the impact of racism “bias”?
Stephen Bush / @stephenkb: This story just gets worse and worse. Fantastic, crazy scoop by @jimwaterson. https://twitter.com/...
Afua Hirsch / @afuahirsch: BBC now has to explain; 1. why it reprimanded Naga Munchetty for condemning racism. 2. Why it only reprimanded her, when co-host Dan Walker was the one drawing her into it. 3. Why BBC lied twice, on air, when we questioned the reason she'd been singled out https://www.theguardian.com/ ...
Sophie Walker / @sophierunning: Next time a woman of colour tells you she is treated unfairly compared to a white man, believe her. https://www.theguardian.com/ ...
Alex Hern / @alexhern: So, the BBC received a complaint about the “anti-Trump bias” of two presenters... and only censured the one who spoke about her personal experience as a victim of racism. https://www.theguardian.com/ ...
Charlene White / @charlenewhite: Well, well, well .... do you know how often BAME workers try to explain how they're treated unfairly compared to their white colleagues - and no-one believes them? Ladies and gents, Exhibit A: https://www.theguardian.com/ ...
Joanna Jarjue / @joannajarjue: This is getting so messy 🙈 let's just stop pretending racism is something ‘debatable’ in media n things like this won't happen. Last time someone likened the only black royal's baby to a monkey and people were literally invited on panels to “discuss” if this was racist 🥴. Lol. https://twitter.com/...
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook is planning to pay only about a quarter of the 200 publishers that will be featured in its news tab, set to launch as soon as the end of Oct. — Social-media giant plans to pay about a quarter of news organizations whose content will be featured
Discussion: Nieman Lab, NBC News, @niemanlab, @mattnavarra, @backlon, @whatthebit, @rafat, @matthewstoller, @mdudas and @juddlegum, more at Techmeme »
Christine Schmidt / Nieman Lab: Facebook will reportedly only pay a quarter of the news outlets featured on its upcoming news tab
@niemanlab: Getting more reputable news visible on Facebook = good. Following money dangled without a long-term plan = not good. The impact of Facebook's news tab, on the industry and on the news consumption of Facebook users = unclear. https://www.niemanlab.org/...
Matt Navarra / @mattnavarra: “The licensing fees Facebook is offering range as high as $3 million a year for national news outlets to several hundred thousand dollars for regional publications, they said.” “The deals would be for three years.” https://www.wsj.com/...
Dieter Bohn / @backlon: Wait does this mean that a Facebook product for distributing news isn't as good for publishers as previously thought?? UNPRECEDENTED! https://twitter.com/...
Stefan Constantine / @whatthebit: Treating the big boys like freelancers. 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/RSiFktK6ws
Matt Stoller / @matthewstoller: Facebook indicated it would be paying news outlets for news, but in keeping with its policy of constant deception it won't actually be paying most news outlets for news. https://www.wsj.com/...
Mike Dudas / @mdudas: Headlines appearing in Facebook's news section will be chosen in some cases by a team of editors and in others by the company's algorithm... The feed won't include any advertising and all stories will direct readers to the publishers' own websites. https://www.wsj.com/...
Judd Legum / @juddlegum: The page, which Facebook says will be limited to trustworthy outlets, may include BREITBART The company is including Breitbart, which has laundered white nationalist talking points, to avoid claims of conservative bias https://www.wsj.com/... https://twitter.com/...
The Daily Beast:
Biden campaign officials write to the major networks including NBC, CBS, and CNN, demanding that they stop booking Rudy Giuliani because he “will knowingly” lie — In a Sunday letter, the former vice president's aides say that it is editorially irresponsible to book the president's personal lawyer.
Discussion: Los Angeles Times, Fox News, The Wrap, The Daily Beast, CNN, Alternet.org, The Independent, Poynter, TVNewser, The Daily Caller, Variety, The Guardian, Slate, Mother Jones, The Hill, Mediaite and Politico
Charles Creitz / Fox News: Rudy Giuliani blasts Biden camp for trying to ‘silence’ him, claims Democrats are ‘party of corruption’
J. Clara Chan / The Wrap: Hillary Clinton Says ‘Carefully Thinking Through’ Isn't One of Rudy Giuliani's ‘Strong Points’ on 'The Late Show'(Video)
Eric Boehlert / Alternet.org: The press has a Rudy Giuliani problem
Chris Riotta / The Independent: Biden campaign calls on networks to stop airing Rudy Giuliani: ‘He will knowingly and willingly lie’
Tom Jones / Poynter: The cost of Giuliani's must-see TV, plus a sportswriter's big save and Robert DeNiro curses Trump — literally
A.J. Katz / TVNewser: The Biden Campaign Asks News Networks to Stop Having Rudy Giuliani on Their Shows
Virginia Kruta / The Daily Caller: Biden Camp Pressures Major Media Outlets To Stop Inviting Giuliani On To Speak About Ukraine
Brian Steinberg / Variety: Biden Campaign Presses TV News to Stop Interviewing Giuliani
Justine Coleman / The Hill: Biden campaign demands news channels stop booking Giuliani
Connor Mannion / Mediaite: Mediaite's Colby Hall Says Biden Team's Anti-Giuliani Campaign ‘Backfired’: It ‘Made Him More Newsworthy’
Sarah Cammarata / Politico: Ex-Trump official scolds president and allies for Ukraine mess
NLRB sues The Federalist's parent company, after the magazine's publisher tweeted in June that he would send staff “back to the salt mine” if they unionized — The federal government wants the publisher of conservative online magazine The Federalist to delete his apparently anti-union June 6 tweet.
Discussion: @mattdpearce and Reason
Matt Pearce / @mattdpearce: It looks like attorneys for the Federalist might be making a First Amendment case that bosses have a free-speech right to threaten employees thinking about unionizing: https://news.bloomberglaw.com/ ... https://twitter.com/...
Elizabeth Nolan Brown / Reason: Trump's Civil War Tweet Is Bad. This Other Tweet May Be Unconstitutional.
Jacob Granger / Journalism.co.uk:
A look at The Stonehouse Voice, a bi-annual newspaper launched by a hyperlocal community journalism project in Plymouth, UK to let locals tell their own stories — A former national and regional editor has set up The Stonehouse Voice newspaper to offer local readers a more creative alternative in their news diet
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, @jestei, FiveThirtyEight, @rafat, @rafat, @rafat, @benmullin and @benmullin
Peter Kafka / Vox: Food52, the recipes + cookware site founded by a former New York Times food columnist, is gobbled up
Jennifer Steinhauer / @jestei: What an amazing success story, paved along a path so few journalists dare to take. Congrats to the very deserving @amandahesser and @merrillstubbs https://www.wsj.com/... via @WSJ
Karen K. Ho / FiveThirtyEight: Significant Digits For Monday, Sept. 30, 2019
Rafat Ali / @rafat: While everyone writes about the Vox-NY Mag deal as an indicator of future of media, I am more impressed by the IndustryDive (https://t.co/...) and Food52 deals (https://t.co/...), the sustainable current of meaningful media.
Rafat Ali / @rafat: @Food52 @amandahesser Thing to note: Food52 now is primarily an ecommerce-first business, even though it started as media and that's still the flytrap.
Rafat Ali / @rafat: Huge fan of @food52 and the founder @amandahesser, congrats on the deal: Chernin Group is buying majority in a vertical media exemplar, unusually rich valuation for the Chernin deal folks. https://www.wsj.com/... https://twitter.com/...
Ben Mullin / @benmullin: E-commerce is a good business in digital media! @Food52, a company built by @amandahesser and @merrillstubbs over the last decade, reached $30 million in annual revenue last year. They just sold a big stake in their company to TCG: https://www.wsj.com/...
Sources: ByteDance, owner of TikTok, made $7B-$8.4B in revenue in H1 2019, and posted a profit in June after operating at a loss in H1 2019 — BEIJING/HONG KONG (Reuters) - China's ByteDance, owner of video-sharing app TikTok and one of the world's most valuable unicorns …
Discussion: @turnernovak and MediaPost, more at Techmeme »
Turner Novak / @turnernovak: @therealmattdyer ByteDance reported revenue of $7b - $8.4 billion in H1 '19. It's also GAAP profitable, impressive (?) considering all its R&D + growth spending. BD also projects ~$16.8 billion in '19 revenue, which would value it at $134 billion comped to FB's 8x sales. https://www.reuters.com/...
Gavin O'Malley / MediaPost: ByteDance Estimated To Take In $7B In Revs First 6 Months Of 2019
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple News+ launches in the UK and Australia for £9.99 and AU$14.99 per month respectively, with over 150 publications on board — Apple News+, Apple's subscription news and magazine service, has launched for users who live in the UK and Australia, Apple announced today.
Discussion: Digiday, The Times & The Sunday Times, The Apple Post, News UK, Apple Newsroom, Forbes and The Verge, more at Techmeme »
Lucinda Southern / Digiday: Apple News+ launches in the UK with The Times and Hearst on board
Tom Knowles / The Times & The Sunday Times: Apple launches subscription news app in partnership with The Times
Apple Newsroom: Apple launches Apple News+, an immersive magazine and news reading experience, in the UK
Jeff Horwitz / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook plans to let opinion pieces and satire be exempted from its fact-checking program, preventing such content from being labeled false — Move follows controversy over fact-checking of posts on abortion, climate change — Facebook Inc. FB .55% plans to exempt opinion pieces …
Discussion: CNET, @daveyalba, @daveyalba, @sarahfrier and @fraying, more at Techmeme »
Davey Alba / @daveyalba: There are LOTS of pieces of misinformation and disinformation that bad-faith actors can dress up as “opinion” or “satire.” (See, for instance, influencers in the Philippines like Mocha Uson and Thinking Pinoy.) This is exceedingly troubling. https://www.wsj.com/...
Davey Alba / @daveyalba: The WSJ also reports that last week, Facebook removed a “false” designation from an op-ed piece describing climate change as overblown...overriding the conclusion of one of its fact-check partners https://www.wsj.com/... https://twitter.com/...
Sarah Frier / @sarahfrier: Facebook is exempting opinion pieces from fact-checks, including climate change denials. But wait... wasn't most of the problematic misinformation ahead of the 2016 election from hyper-partisan “news” sites? https://www.wsj.com/...
Derek Powazek / @fraying: It's a good thing trolls never claim to be practicing satire when they get called out. https://www.wsj.com/...
Brett Worthington / ABC:
Australia's attorney general signs directive forbidding charging journalists under certain secrecy laws without his approval; three journalists may face charges — The Federal Attorney-General has granted limited protection that could shield ABC and News Corp employees from facing charges over their reporting.
Gabriel Snyder / Columbia Journalism Review:
Publishing opinions from a handful of voters as if they represent the public mood is of little value to readers and is a habit the NYT and others should retire — The New York Times has a Twitter problem. More specifically, Twitter's problems are now the New York Times' problems.
Discussion: New York Times, Bloomberg, @maghielse, Washington Post, Talking Points Memo, Breitbart and emptywheel
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg: Trump Hints at Civil War But He Launched a War on Facts
Ross Maghielse / @maghielse: I'd argue CJR has a reality problem. 1) Reporting on a major news org does not make you a public editor. It makes you a beat reporter. 2) The reliance on Twitter for this piece is flawed. Very few Americans use Twitter. And it is in no way a reflection of public opinion. https://twitter.com/...
Erik Wemple / Washington Post: Bloomberg editor: 'We're not actively pursuing the name of the whistle blower.'
Tierney Sneed / Talking Points Memo: How DOJ Was Poised To Stifle The IC IG's Whistleblower Complaint
Charlie Spiering / Breitbart: Donald Trump Demands Meeting with ‘Whistleblower’