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4:20 PM ET, September 27, 2020

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Alex Thompson / Politico:
Facebook exec says right-wing drives more engagement because its “populism is always more engaging” as it speaks to “an incredibly strong, primitive emotion”  —  Throughout 2020, Democrats have denounced Facebook with growing ferocity as a “right wing echo chamber” …
The Sunday Times:
Sources: Paul Dacre, the former editor of the Daily Mail, is Boris Johnson's choice to become the new chairman of media regulator Ofcom at the end of 2020  —  Boris Johnson is ushering in a revolution at the top of British broadcasting by offering two of the top jobs in television to outspoken critics of the BBC.
Mark Jacob / Local News Initiative:
The documentary Newstown looks at journalists in the aftermath of the closure of The Youngstown Vindicator and their efforts to keep the community informed  —  The Youngstown Vindicator, a 150-year-old newspaper, announced in the summer of 2019 that it was closing.
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Constant Méheut / New York Times:
French official says a man has confessed to stabbing two people outside former Charlie Hebdo offices because it printed cartoons mocking Prophet Muhammad  —  An 18-year-old immigrant from Pakistan was arrested on Friday after the stabbing of two people near the former offices …
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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
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Inside eBay's alleged plot that targeted a blogging duo and a Twitter gadfly using cockroaches, porn, death threats, physical surveillance, and pizza deliveries  —  “People are basically good” was eBay's founding principle.  But in the deranged summer of 2019, prosecutors say …
PETITION:
Writers with stamina and a unique perspective can find success going independent, even if they're not already “famous”  —  Casey Newton made big news yesterday after announcing he was leaving his comfortable editor spot at The Verge to go solo.  His new company, Platformer …
Ian C Sayson / Bloomberg:
After Philippines declined to renew broadcast network ABS-CBN's franchise, the company had to lay off 45% of 11,000 staff and take a ~$115M impairment charge  —  ABS-CBN Corp.'s chairman emeritus, Eugenio ‘Gabby’ Lopez III, has quit and has relinquished his board seats in the Philippine media company …
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Dade Hayes / Deadline:
NBCU: 76% of NBCU viewing for those aged 18-34 and 50% for those aged 50+ comes from streaming and on-demand platforms; 74% of digital content is watched on TV  —  EXCLUSIVE: NBCUniversal, which has made a series of moves aimed at keeping pace with the increasingly complex video viewing marketplace …
Fran Berkman / Digital Content Next:
US media coverage of climate change has dropped since March due to the pandemic, but readership and pageviews of climate change content has remained consistent  —  It's 2020, and things have gotten to the point that we may not have the bandwidth to pay attention to all the existential threats we're facing at once.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: podcast publisher Wondery has hired financial advisers to explore strategic options, including a potential sale, which could bring in at least $200M  —  - Financial advisers hired to evaluate strategic options  — Wondery has gained following with hit shows like ‘Dirty John’
 
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Jacob Tice / The News Tribune:
Austin Tice's brother pleads for help in putting political pressure on US leaders to find the journalist who vanished 8 years ago in Syria and bring him home
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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
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