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8:15 PM ET, September 16, 2020


 Top News: 
New York Times:
DOJ orders Al Jazeera's digital news network AJ+ to register as a foreign agent, saying it engages in “political activities” on behalf of Qatar's government  —  The Justice Department says AJ+, a media outlet backed by the royal family of Qatar, engages in “political activities.”
Sara Fischer / Axios:
NYT and Facebook have struck a multi-year partnership to co-develop AR filters and effects on Instagram that help users access and contextualize NYT stories  —  The New York Times and Facebook have struck a multi-year partnership to co-develop augmented reality (AR) filters and effects …
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Bloomberg Media CEO says it will relaunch its QuickTake video service on November 9 as a global, 24-hour streaming service with 100 dedicated staff  —  The financial firm is readying a new version of its QuickTake service for launch in November — with plans for it to be a 24/7 outlet.
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
NPR uses geo-targeting tech to add localized news for 10 cities to its afternoon podcast Consider This, including Boston, New York, and Philadelphia  —  NPR's daily podcast Consider This began as Coronavirus Daily, but changed its name and broadened its scope in June as protests …
Discussion: Hot Pod News
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Sources: at an all-hands, Spotify CEO Daniel Ek defended keeping Joe Rogan's transphobic podcasts available; Spotify passed on some other old Rogan episodes  —  Multiple sources inside Spotify described an all-hands meeting in which Spotify CEO Daniel Ek discussed the company's handling of the controversial podcaster.
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Facebook and Instagram place warnings on a video from Tucker Carlson Tonight that fact checkers say repeats false COVID-19 information  —  The social media platforms warn viewers that the Fox News host's interview with a Chinese virologist contained “false information” about Covid-19.
Discussion: The Daily Beast
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Amazon Music adds podcasts for free across its subscription and ad-supported tiers, with original, exclusive shows hosted by DJ Khaled, Will Smith, and others  —  Company looks to draw new listeners with 70,000 titles, including originals from DJ Khaled  —  Now playing on Amazon Music: podcasts.
Kelsey Sutton / Adweek:
Magna: national TV ad sales fell 30% YoY in Q2, its worst quarter on record, while linear media ad sales were down by 38% YoY  —  Q2 was national TV ad sales' worst quarter on record, according to Magna  —  Linear advertising will be helped along by record-level political ad spend later in the year.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News says it will cut less than 3% of its overall staff, affecting fewer than 100 people and with no on-air talent impacted  —  Fox News Media expects to cut less than 3% of its overall staff as the unit, the financial engine of parent Fox Corporation, works to make its operations more efficient after a period of expansion.
Pan Pylas / Associated Press:
Daniel Ellsberg testified in defense of Julian Assange in an extradition hearing Wednesday, saying Assange cannot get a fair trial under Espionage Act charges  —  LONDON (AP) — Daniel Ellsberg, one of the most famous whistleblowers in living memory, came to the defense of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange …
Chris Riemenschneider / Star Tribune:
Minnesota Public Radio fired a DJ, one day after a reporter said she resigned because of MPR's decision to hold a story alleging sexual misconduct by a DJ  —  Eric Malmberg was subject of a news investigation the station wouldn't air.  —  TEXT SIZE  —  Responding to criticism from listeners …
Discussion: Star Tribune
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Jaclyn Peiser / Washington Post:
Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald editors apologize for including a paid insert with anti-Semitic, racist articles, for months, in the Spanish-language edition
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
The Daily Wire plans to move its headquarters from Los Angeles to Nashville; 75 employees have until Oct. 1 to decide whether to make the move
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Off-the-record schmoozefests like the one at Susan Page's house for Seema Verma should end, along with the White House Correspondents' Dinner
Josh Reyes / Hampton Roads Daily Press:
Tribune closes the Daily Press offices in Newport News, VA; filing: Tribune didn't pay rent for April, May, and June for the majority of its facilities
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Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Apple One bundles launch with discounts on services including Music, TV+, Arcade, iCloud storage, Fitness+, and News+ and tiers between $15 and $30/month
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