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7:45 PM ET, September 14, 2020


 Top News: 
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
Inside Turner Sports' plan to fix Bleacher Report's diversity problem, where a report found 10% of its staff were Black and there were none at VP level or above  —  This article is part of the Future of Work briefing, a weekly email with stories, interviews, trends and links about how work, workplaces and workforces are changing.
Discussion: Awful Announcing and @petersontee
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Red Ventures says it has agreed to buy CNET Media Group from ViacomCBS for $500M in a deal expected to close in Q4 2020  —  ViacomCBS is offloading CNET Media Group in a $500 million deal with digital-marketing company Red Ventures, which announced the deal Monday.
Jeremy Fuster / The Wrap:
Disney's Mulan brings in $23.2M during its Chinese opening weekend, lagging behind the $30M brought in by Nolan's Tenet, likely due to piracy and media blackout  —  Disney's “Mulan” is struggling to find a foothold at the Chinese box offic, mustering an opening weekend of $23.2 million …
Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
Tenet, the first major movie debut since the pandemic's start, passes $200M globally, despite lackluster North American box office sales of $6.7M in 2nd weekend
All major TV networks, including Fox News, stayed outside while Trump held an indoor rally with thousands of mostly-unmasked fans  —  News outlets exhibited more responsibility than the president.  —  I understand that Trump's “what pandemic?” attitude is shared by many of his supporters …
Vanessa Thorpe / The Guardian:
BBC will axe all radio reporters and ask them to reapply for a smaller number of jobs in TV, radio, or digital, rather than as dedicated audio journalists  —  BBC radio voices have described and defined modern British history.  Live reports from inside a British bomber over Germany during …
Chris Jaffe / YouTube Blog:
YouTube says it is launching an early beta of YouTube Shorts, a 15-second video feature, in India  —  - By Chris Jaffe VP of Product Management Sep.14.2020 … YouTube has always been a place to be entertained — from your favorite dance trends, like Evolution of Dance, Roller Skate Dances …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Internal documents from The Intercept regarding exposed source Reality Winner show an extreme level of newsroom mismanagement, hubris, and a whitewashed probe  —  Internal documents show how a source ended up in jail — and the fallout in the newsroom.  —  Where were you when you first heard about the Snowden leak?
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
Taboola and Outbrain CEOs confirm the breakdown of their merger, announced nearly a year ago, over revised terms, as the pandemic depressed ad rates  —  Taboola sought new deal terms from Outbrain as coronavirus pandemic affected both companies' business  —  The sharp advertising downturn caused …
Discussion: @adamsingolda and @patiencehaggin
Geoff Weiss / Tubefilter:
YouTuber Logan Paul says his merch brand made between $30M and $40M in its first year  —  In the latest episode of his podcast Impaulsive, where host Logan Paul sat down with digital svengali John Shahidi — the co-founder of talent management and production studio Shots …
Discussion: @taylorlorenz and @simonowens
The Daily Beast:
Washington Post reported as genuine a fake FBI raid on infamous right-wing trickster Jack Burkman's house, staged by Jacob Wohl, before adding a correction  —  A Virginia man who responded to a Craigslist ad seeking actors to play FBI agents quickly discovered he'd been roped into yet another Wohl/Burkman hoax
Bijan Stephen / The Verge:
Facebook Gaming says it will allow partnered streamers to play some copyrighted music in the background of their live streams  —  It's a big deal!  —  Today, Facebook Gaming is set to allow its partnered streamers to play copyrighted, popular music in the background of their live streams …
New York Times:
Profile of Vanessa Pappas, an ex-YouTube exec and TikTok's N. America chief since 2018, who took over as interim global chief amid its geopolitical predicament  —  Vanessa Pappas is keeping a focus on the app's community of creators and users as it deals with pressure from President Trump, Beijing and a possible sale.
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 More News: 
Helen Stubbs / Gallup:
Survey: 69% of US adults are more concerned about bias in others' news sources than in their own; 56% feel their own sources have at least a fair amount of bias
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Anchor says it is cracking down on copycat podcasters by improving the detection of stolen podcasts, adding new rules around monetizing shows, and more
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
FOIA docs: BBC settled 700+ female employees' equal pay claims and gave many pay raises, between July 2017, when the equal pay scandal began, and March 2020
 Earlier Picks: 
Laurie Sullivan / MediaPost:
YouTube to make engaged-view video ad conversions, which occur after users view 10+ seconds of a skippable ad but don't click, a standard metric this year
KPCC public radio reporter Josie Huang was arrested while covering the ambush shooting of two deputies in LA, on charges of “interfering with a lawful arrest”