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12:00 PM ET, September 15, 2020


 Top News: 
Jay Rosen / The Verge:
Q&A with ex-CSO of Facebook Alex Stamos on why big newsrooms should have threat modeling teams, how media is amplifying disinformation with its coverage, more  —  An interview with Facebook's ex-security chief  —  Editor's note: We're barreling toward the 2020 election with big unresolved problems …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
BBC reports median gender pay gap of 6.2% and a 55:45 gender split in on-air roles; BAME make up 26.8% of on-air contributions but only 9.8% of off-screen ones  —  Director general Tim Davie says he wants “a modern, highly efficient BBC that truly reflects Britain” as the public broadcaster …
Discussion: Press Gazette, The Guardian and Variety
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
BBC report 2019/20: £3.52B in licensing fees, down 5% YoY; deficit of £119M; BBC Studios profit grew 14% YoY to £181M; must save extra £125M due to COVID-19  —  U.K. broadcaster BBC has talked up its value in a “tougher than ever marketplace,” in the words of chair David Clementi …
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
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Trump says he will be resuming weekly appearances on Fox and Friends, as he did until 2015, though co-host Steve Doocy says Fox hasn't committed to that  —  New York (CNN Business)President Trump says he is resuming his weekly visits to “Fox & Friends,” the morning show that gave …
Will Sommer / The Daily Beast:
In a filing, Fox News' Sean Hannity, Lou Dobbs, and other Fox staffers to be deposed in October in Seth Rich case, over the network's role in debunked reporting  —  A new court filing says the Fox stars have agreed to answer questions on their role in spreading conspiracy theories about the murdered DNC staffer.
Tatiana Cirisano / Billboard:
Spotify partners with Songkick and Ticketmaster to add virtual event listings hosted on any platform to artist profiles and to the Concerts hub on the app  —  Spotify has partnered with concert discovery app Songkick and Ticketmaster to add virtual event listings to the platform …
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
ViacomCBS will rebrand CBS All Access as Paramount+ early next year and expects to expand internationally, starting in Australia, Latin America, and the Nordics  —  Announces 5 New Originals, Plans to Expand Internationally in 2021  —  It's official, CBS All Access is changing its name to Paramount+ next year.
Jason White / Facebook Journalism Project:
Facebook announces an additional $5M investment in local news orgs serving marginalized communities and programs that focus on developing news entrepreneurs  —  Local news organizations across America are doing tremendous work under extremely challenging conditions.
Discussion: Axios
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Conviva: steaming video consumption in Asia grew just 2% YoY in Q2, compared to an average of 63% globally; Europe grew 134% YoY and North America grew 57%  —  Streaming video consumption in Asia grew a barely perceptible 2% year-on-year in the second quarter of 2020.
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  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — Six in seven Americans think there is at least a fair amount of political bias in news coverage in general …
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
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Vanessa Thorpe / The Guardian:
BBC will lay off 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
Chris Jaffe / YouTube Blog:
YouTube says it is launching an early beta of YouTube Shorts, a 15-second video feature, in India
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
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