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10:45 AM ET, September 23, 2020

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Sarah Jeong / OneZero:
Q&A with Casey Newton on leaving The Verge to start a newsletter on Substack called Platformer, after many years as The Verge's Silicon Valley editor  —  Sarah Jeong talks to Newton about the details of his deal, subscription journalism, and the magic of email
Variety:
Variety parent company Penske Media reaches a deal with MRC to operate Billboard, Vibe, and the Hollywood Reporter under a newly formed joint venture  —  MRC brings to the venture its production infrastructure.  The MRC banner is home to the Netflix drama “Ozark” and has produced such feature films as …
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
In a rally, Trump again mocks Ali Velshi for being hit with a rubber bullet amid protests and adds a vague story to mock another reporter thrown aside by police  —  Donald Trump again mocked MSNBC anchor Ali Velshi for the moment when he was struck by a rubber bullet while covering protests in June …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: substantial job cuts are expected at NBCUniversal in the coming months as it thinks channels like E!, Oxygen, and Syfy don't have a long-term future  —  With channels like E!, Oxygen and Syfy on borrowed time, media company pushes deep cuts and centralizes program decisions
David Ignatius / Washington Post:
Political journalists at Fox News, ABC, CBS, CNN, and NBC say they are preparing for an election night without an immediate decision in the presidential contest  —  “And Wisconsin goes for . . . nobody, yet.”  That's the kind of inconclusive message you may hear often on election night …
Peter Slattery / OneZero:
How Spotify's UX decisions have encouraged the growth of adjective-laden generic artist names, enabling a kind of SEO spam for music  —  The platform is filled with search-optimized spammers, and there's no end in sight  —  Welcome to The Cheater's Guide to Spotify, a series about the schemes …
Steve Lohr / New York Times:
A look at Google's acquisition of DoubleClick and the approval of the deal by the FTC, which was pivotal in it becoming a dominant digital advertising player  —  The $3.1 billion acquisition of DoubleClick in 2007 was a “game changer.”  A growing number of antitrust experts say it's the sort of deal that should no longer be possible.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Ad Council has generated nearly $370M of donated media support for coronavirus PSAs in six months, nearly triple the amount it typically manages in a year  —  The Ad Council, a 75-year-old non-profit, has nearly tripled the amount of media support for public service announcements (PSAs) …
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
NPR should have consistently disclosed Nina Totenberg's long-standing friendship with Ruth Bader Ginsburg, which at least appeared to be a conflict of interest  —  When Ruth Bader Ginsburg died on Friday, NPR reporter Nina Totenberg was among the first to break the news.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Norway's Schibsted built podcast tools into its own platform so its outlets can publish podcasts behind paywalls before releasing them on third-party platforms  —  The podcast landscape in Norway is still nascent, but news group Schibsted is gearing up an attempt to turbocharge that growth.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Roku can't buy sponsored product ads on Amazon for its own products and products sold by Roku often don't appear atop search results for them  —  Some makers of smart speakers, video doorbells and other hardware hit roadblocks buying key ads in search results; gadgets made by e-commerce giant get edge
 
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Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Bob Bakish says Showtime gained more subscribers in H1 than in the last three years and will remain a standalone streamer as sources say it has 27M subscribers
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube says it will use AI-powered moderation to automatically age-restrict certain content
@wiredunion:
Five months into its fight for recognition, Wired's union holds a half-day work stoppage after Condé Nast excludes some editorial staff from the bargaining unit
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Joe Otterson / Variety:
ViacomCBS-owned Paramount Network plans to rebrand as Paramount Movie Network next year and move out of long-form TV series to focus on made-for-TV movies
Brian Morrissey / @bmorrissey:
Brian Morrissey, president and editor-in-chief of Digiday, is stepping down at the end of the month and starting a newsletter on sustainable media
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Newspapers owned by Lee Enterprises have laid off at least 35 journalists in the last two weeks