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10:00 PM ET, September 24, 2020

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New York Times:
A judge dismissed a defamation suit against Fox News host Tucker Carlson by Karen McDougal, saying his program uses “exaggeration” and “nonliteral commentary”  —  Fox News won a legal victory on Thursday after a federal judge dismissed a defamation suit brought …
Taylor Hatmaker / TechCrunch:
Twitter says its test to prompt users to read articles before retweeting was a success, with users opening articles 40% more and sometimes opting not to retweet  —  Twitter's experiment to get people to actually read the content they're sharing is going so well the company plans to expand it to the platform at large “very soon.”
Nieman Lab:
Reuters Institute study: EU local news publishers are moving away from chasing broad reach and toward building paying audiences, changing how some use Facebook  —  “Look, I know you got that Facebook comment, but it's the vocal minority.  There's a silent majority who are actually paying for our work."
Jessica Toonkel / The Information:
Sources: ViacomCBS investigated a sexual misconduct claim against CEO Bob Bakish; ViacomCBS said the probe has ended, results “did not support the allegation”  —  ViacomCBS has been investigating an allegation of sexual misconduct by its CEO, Bob Bakish, according to several people familiar with the situation.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Ahead of US elections, YouTube says it is including info panels under videos about voting by mail, pointing viewers to a report by the Bipartisan Policy Center  —  Official candidate info will also appear in searches  —  YouTube is stepping up its measures against misinformation around the upcoming US election.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify and Chernin Entertainment agree to a multi-year partnership for Chernin to develop movies and TV shows based on Spotify's podcasts  —  More Spotify podcasts could soon become TV shows or movies thanks to a new, multi-year partnership announced today between the streaming music provider …
Wall Street Journal:
E.W. Scripps to buy ION Media for $2.65B, roughly doubling its TV station footprint; Berkshire Hathaway will invest $600M in Scripps to help finance the deal  —  Berkshire plans to make a $600 million preferred-equity investment in Scripps to help finance the purchase
Washington City Paper:
The Washington City Paper says it's temporarily moving from a weekly to monthly print schedule, “in an effort to protect staff and salaries as best we can”  —  In April, we stated our intention to keep printing weekly editions of Washington City Paper despite plummeting ad sales …
Alan Rusbridger / The Guardian:
The circumstances that led Harold Evans to become a leader in journalism are unlikely to recur: at the Times, he had time, resources, and an “apolitical” owner  —  He could do it all.  Write like a dream; design with impact; edit with flair; dash off the perfect headline; crop a picture; see off a writ.
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The Guardian:
Harold Evans, an investigative journalist for 70 years, newspaper editor, magazine founder, and book publisher, died Wednesday at 92
Todd Haselton / CNBC:
Amazon announces updated $40 Fire TV and $30 Fire TV Stick Lite with new home screen for easier content discoverability, arriving on September 30  —  - Amazon announced two new Fire TV products during its big online hardware event on Thursday.  — Amazon's Fire TV products compete directly …
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
INN: on average, nonprofit newsrooms are 68% white, 9% Black, 9% Hispanic; two-thirds don't have POC execs; in 2019, for every 10 Black staff hired, seven left  —  More than half of all nonprofit outlets have either no people of color or “only a small percentage” within their ranks.
Laura Wagner / VICE:
Employees blast Alden-backed Tribune Publishing Company after it sent an email phishing test to staffers that promised bonuses; the company has apologized  —  The company sent staffers a fake email touting executive bonuses of up to $10,000 for “commitment to excellence.”  —  Laura Wagner
Variety:
Variety parent company Penske Media reaches a deal with MRC to operate Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter under a newly formed joint venture called PMRC  —  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 …
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J. Clara Chan / The Wrap:
Sources: Deanna Brown, president of Billboard-Hollywood Reporter Media Group, is out after the merger with PMC
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David Roeder / Chicago Sun Times:
Chris Fusco, Chicago Sun-Times' executive editor, is leaving the paper to become executive editor of Ken Doctor's Lookout Local in Santa Cruz, California
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Business Wire:
Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Jr. to retire as chairman of NYT's board of directors at the end of the year, and will be succeeded by A.G. Sulzberger
Nicholas Quah / Vulture:
Joe Rogan's Portland fire comments and reports of tensions between Spotify staff and executives over content show Rogan is already a headache for the company
Tony Romm / Washington Post:
DOJ, in a rare legislative proposal, asks Congress to adopt a law weakening Section 230, in an effort to hold Facebook, Google, and others liable for content
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