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2:00 AM ET, August 30, 2020


 Top News: 
Robyn Dixon / Washington Post:
Belarus revoked accreditation of 17 journalists working for international media, including BBC and Reuters, and blocked several local independent news sites  —  MOSCOW — Belarusian authorities Saturday launched a crackdown on international and local media, stripping accreditation from journalists …
Dave McNary / Variety:
California sets rules for slowly opening indoor movie theaters with limited capacity based on coronavirus prevalence and positive test rates in counties  —  Gov. Gavin Newsom has announced strict guidelines for indoor movie theaters in California to reopen in the coming months.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
As movie theaters slowly reopen across the US, studio research suggests most Americans aren't ready to return to cinemas despite new safety procedures  —  Big-budget films are being released for the first time since March, but the willingness of people to sit inside a closed room with strangers for several hours is still uncertain.
Discussion: @bridgetkbennett and Variety
Elissa Nadworny / NPR:
Student journalists have been covering college reopenings with unique insight and strong editorials as they wrestle with the personal toll of the pandemic  —  Toggle more options  —  On the morning of Friday, Aug. 14, The Daily Tar Heel newsroom got a tip: The University of North Carolina …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Nielsen: ~23.8M viewers watched Trump's speech for the Republican National Convention across 13 networks, versus 24.6M who watched Biden's speech on 12 networks  —  New York (CNN Business)President Trump's Thursday night convention speech making the case for his reelection was lower-rated …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: AT&T is again exploring a DirecTV sale and is in talks with PE firms for a deal that could value it below $20B; AT&T bought DirecTV for $49B in 2015  —  Telephone giant in discussions with private-equity bidders for satellite-TV business wounded by shift to streaming services
Committee to Protect Journalists:
CPJ and 397 journalists, press freedom advocates, and civil society members call for release of Kashmiri journalist Aasif Sultan, imprisoned in India since 2018  —  The Committee to Protect Journalists has joined together with 397 writers, journalists, academics, press freedom advocates …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Ofcom awarded a broadcast license to GB News, which is planning a Fox News-style TV station in UK; there is a similar effort being planned by the Murdochs  —  Groups pitching to perceived desire for alternative output as trust in BBC falls  —  Rival efforts are under way to launch …
Sarah Bahr / New York Times:
NYT will stop publishing its daily TV listings in NYC print edition after this weekend, ending a run of 81 years; the national edition hasn't had them for years  —  The Times will no longer include the programming lineup in its print edition, ending an eight-decade run.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Roku, approaching ~40% of broadband household penetration in the US, now often holds an upper hand in negotiations with streamers like HBO Max and Peacock  —  In virtual deal talks over the past several months, Roku execs have delivered a basic message — in not so many words …
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Sources: Comcast is pitching X1 software powering its set-top boxes and Flex streaming hardware as a potential operating system to smart TV manufacturers
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Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
A federal judge allows Sarah Palin's defamation lawsuit against NYT and former Opinion Editor James Bennet to go forward; the suit stems from a 2017 editorial
Bernard Keane / Crikey:
The Australian government's proposal for Google and Facebook, at the behest of News Corp, is a rejection of law and a classic example of “sovereign risk”
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Voting rights advocates say Google declined to remove ads with “active and blatant disinformation” about voting by mail; Facebook removed similar ads last week
Chico Felitti / BuzzFeed News:
Over 20 former staffers and contractors of Globo Condé Nast in Brazil say Daniela Falcão, managing director of Edições Globo Condé Nast, created a toxic culture
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Tim Peterson / Digiday:
TikTok confirms publishers can apply for Creator Fund payments; sources: pubs need to have at least 10K followers and 10K views over the last 30 days
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
DMG Media says Mail Online's iOS revenue could fall by 75% due to Apple's privacy changes but some publishers see upside in ending Google and Facebook dominance
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
The White House is compiling a “very large” dossier on WaPo's David Fahrenthold and others, a spokesperson responded when asked for comment on a WaPo story