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1:50 AM ET, September 23, 2020


 Top News: 
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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  —  Paramount Network is shifting strategies — and changing names. … To that end, the network will be rebranded as the Paramount Movie Network.
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
Emilia Petrarca / The Cut:
Chioma Nnadi has been named new editor for, replacing Stuart Emmrich; Nnadi has been the site's fashion news director since 2014  —  On Monday morning, Anna Wintour informed Vogue staffers that Chioma Nnadi will be the new editor of the magazine's website, effective immediately.
Brian Lowry / CNN:
Nielsen reports 6.1M Emmy viewers, down 12% YoY, as fragmented TV show viewership results in fewer hits for audiences to root for; no broadcast shows won  —  (The Television Academy and ABC Entertainment via AP)  —  (CNN)What if you threw a party — one generally praised by critics …
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  —  Some news: At the end of the month, I'm leaving Digiday after nearly a decade. I'm proud we built a global brand based on honesty with a sustainable business — and expanded into new areas with Glossy and Modern Retail. Digiday is a great company with great people.
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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
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
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Newspapers owned by Lee Enterprises have laid off at least 35 journalists in the last two weeks
Manori Ravindran / Variety:
UK's Film and TV Charity debuts new £2M COVID-19 Recovery Fund with an initial £1M from Amazon and a focus on protecting the industry's diverse talent pipeline
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter and Deadline
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Hal Crawford / Nieman Lab:
Australian digital-only pubs say ACCC's proposed regulation will likely destroy media startups that rely on Facebook traffic, while benefiting traditional media
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
ViacomCBS launches Noggin, its educational subscription service for preschoolers, on Prime Video Channels as an add-on in the UK, France, Germany, and Austria
Patrick Brzeski / Hollywood Reporter:
The Eight Hundred, a Chinese war epic that has been in cinemas for a month, has grossed $426.5M to date, becoming this year's top-earning movie globally
Discussion: Fox Business
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Quibi is exploring several strategic options including a possible sale, raising more money, or going public through a merger with a SPAC
Krystie Lee Yandoli / BuzzFeed News:
Ellen DeGeneres says she takes responsibility “for what happens at my show”, following reports of misconduct, in her first public statement on the allegations