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9:10 AM ET, September 3, 2020


 Top News: 
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook says it will stop accepting new political ads a week before the US presidential election, as part of steps to protect against election interference  —  Striking a compromise to prevent election misinformation  —  Facebook will stop taking new political advertising in the United States …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Chris Wallace to moderate first presidential debate, Steve Scully the second, and NBC's Kristen Welker the third; USA Today's Susan Page to moderate VP debate  —  Fox News' Chris Wallace, NBC News' Kirsten Welker, and C-SPAN's Steve Scully will each moderate one of three Presidential Debates leading …
Dan McCrum / Financial Times:
How Wirecard tried to stop FT from reporting on fraud at the payments firm, using intimidation, private investigators, and allegations of market manipulation  —  Intimidation, surveillance and conspiracy theories: inside the FT's five-year investigation of a billion-dollar fraud
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Weather news companies say they added new topics like indoor humidity and air quality forecasting and started using new tools like drones due to the pandemic  —  Executives at weather news companies tell Axios that the coronavirus pandemic has forever changed the way they cover the weather.
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources detail how speculation about Dean Baquet's successor at NYT was upended by BLM protests and COVID-19; Sulzberger say he's “in no hurry” to make a change  —  Even a virtual newsroom can be a hotbed for gossip, with long-running speculation about Dean Baquet's successor …
Boone Ashworth / Wired:
Google updates Your News Update, its Assistant-powered audio news service, with new features including its own “newscaster voice”  —  The company's latest news product is an ever-replenishing playlist of audio stories—curated, in part, by the wealth of data it has on you.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Podcast production company Parcast is unionizing under WGA East, making it the third Spotify-owned company, after Gimlet Media and The Ringer, to do so  —  Parcast joins Gimlet Media and The Ringer in unionization efforts  —  Parcast, the podcast production company Spotify acquired last year, is unionizing.
Discussion: @kerrymflynn and The Wrap
Mark Landler / New York Times:
The BBC, far more trusted than the rest of the British media, faces commercial and cultural headwinds as two Fox-like competitors with 24-hour news develop  —  Boris Johnson came into office aiming to defund the BBC and let in rivals.  The coronavirus has delayed that …
Discussion: @rasmus_kleis
David Folkenflik / NPR:
VOA staff say Michael Pack is seeking political influence over coverage, in one instance violating the firewall that assures journalistic independence  —  Toggle more options  —  At the Voice of America, staffers say the Trump appointee leading their parent agency is threatening …
Institute for Nonprofit News:
The Institute for Nonprofit News announces that many of its 250 members will feed stories to Spotlight News for an election dashboard in its news aggregator app  —  Spotlight News and the Institute for Nonprofit News (INN) announced today that many of INN's 250 member newsrooms will be aggregating …
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Nick Summers / Engadget:
Twitch makes Prime Video Watch Parties, previously confined to top US Twitch creators, available to every creator and viewer on the platform globally
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
Indian media conglomerate Zee launches a premium VOD service called Zee Plex, as cinemas remain closed and a spate of Indian films go direct-to-OTT
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Joshua Franklin / Reuters:
Sources: PE firm TPG is exploring a sale of Astound that could value the owner of the US network of regional cable TV and internet providers at more than $8B
Discussion: Light Reading
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
With NewsNation, Nexstar plans to air a politically neutral newscast, hiring staff to scrutinize stories for biased language and to monitor fairness of coverage