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3:25 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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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  —  Subscribers to el Nuevo Herald, the Spanish-language sister publication of the Miami Herald, opened their papers on Friday to find a paid insert called “LIBRE.”
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
Stephanie Sengwe / The Streamable:
Tubi, the free streaming service owned by Fox, says it had 33M MAUs in August, up 65% YoY, and launches a Spanish language section within its app  —  As with other streaming services, Tubi continues to see growth with more people staying at home.  —  The free streaming service announced today …
Discussion: Deadline and @mathewi
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  —  The Daily Wire, the conservative media company started by Ben Shapiro, Jeremy Boreing and Caleb Robinson, plans to move its headquarters from Los Angeles to Nashville.
Wesley Hilliard / AppleInsider:
Spotify calls on authorities to restrict “Apple's anti-competitive behavior”; Apple says alternatives to its services exist, bundling can save customers money  —  Spotify released a public statement after Apple's Time Flies event to protest the newly announced Apple One bundle …
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
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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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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
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