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7:00 PM ET, September 25, 2020

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Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
On Thursday, major papers buried Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power as the NYT ran the story on A15, WaPo and WSJ on A4, and LAT on A6  —  President Donald Trump yesterday refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the November election.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Leaked email: Google informed its advertisers on Friday that it will block election ads referencing “the election, or its outcome” after polls close on Nov. 3  —  Google informed its advertisers Friday that it will broadly block election ads after polls close Nov. 3, according to an email obtained by Axios.
International Center for Journalists:
UNESCO and ICFJ launch global survey to assess the scale of online violence targeting women journalists around the world and help find solutions to the problem  —  Are you a woman journalist who has experienced online violence?  Have you been subjected to sexualized abuse and harassment on social media …
James McAuley / Washington Post:
France's anti-terrorism office is probing the stabbing of 2 media workers outside former Charlie Hebdo offices, amid a trial of alleged accomplices in the case  —  PARIS — Two people were stabbed in a knife attack Friday morning outside the former offices of Charlie Hebdo …
Samantha Conti / WWD:
Wolfgang Blau, COO at Condé Nast and president of Condé Nast International, is stepping down after five years at the company  —  His is the latest in a string of high-profile departures from the organization, which has been consolidating its U.S. and U.K. operations.
John Hudson / Washington Post:
State Department: Trump admin rescinded award it gave to a Finnish journalist after discovering she'd criticized Trump, then gave a false reason for its actions  —  The Trump administration rescinded an award recognizing the work of a journalist from Finland last year after discovering …
James Queally / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles County DA declines to prosecute KPCC reporter Josie Huang, arrested and accused of interfering with an arrest the night two deputies were shot  —  A KPCC reporter who was slammed to the ground and accused of interfering with an arrest the night two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies …
The Guardian:
Andrew Neil, who has been a BBC political interviewer and Sunday Times editor, says he is launching GB News, a TV news channel to rival BBC and Sky, next year  —  Andrew Neil is launching a 24-hour, TV channel to rival rolling news from the BBC and Sky.  —  The broadcaster will be the face …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Sources: Penske Media paid ~$225M for an 80% stake in PMRC, while MRC, publishers of the Hollywood Reporter will retain a ~20% stake  —  Wednesday's merger of the publishers behind two rival Hollywood magazines — The Hollywood Reporter and Variety — was billed as a joint venture.
Mary-Katharine Phillips / What's New in Publishing:
Study: 19% of German population reads ePapers, digital replicas of print editions, of which 65.8% are under 50, and every eighth newspaper sold is an ePaper  —  Aa new report on the state of ePaper readership in Germany has been released by Die Zeitungen.  German-speakers can find the full report here.
Michael Schneider / Variety:
Arif Zahir, a YouTuber with 6M+ subscribers, moves from impersonating Cleveland Brown of Family Guy on YouTube to taking over the character's voice next season  —  Arif Zahir has gone from impersonating “Family Guy's” Cleveland Brown on YouTube... to being cast as the new voice of the character on the actual show.
 
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Interview with Wattpad Studios head Aron Levitz on using AI to understand the popularity of stories that the company adapts into movies, TV shows, and books
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”
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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
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
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
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
The Guardian:
Harold Evans, an investigative journalist for 70 years, newspaper editor, magazine founder, and book publisher, died Wednesday at 92
 

 
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Robert McMillan / Wall Street Journal:
A profile of CrowdStrike, founded in 2011 and used by 300 companies in the Fortune 500; Gartner: CrowdStrike has ~15% of the global security software market

Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Over 200 Bethesda Game Studios workers unionize with the CWA, forming the first “wall-to-wall” union at a Microsoft game studio; Microsoft recognized the union

Joseph Cox / 404 Media:
The UK and US announce the arrest of a 17-year-old boy from Walsall, UK, suspected of being connected to the ransomware attack against MGM Resorts in 2023

 
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