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6:50 AM ET, September 29, 2020


 Top News: 
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Interview with Shepard Smith on launching a “just-the-facts” news show amid the pandemic, as CNBC's The News with Shepard Smith launches this week  —  The former Fox News anchor has had to hire a new team and have a set built amid pandemic protocols in preparation for this week's debut …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Internal and external threats to the BBC challenge its role as the anchor of UK media and an effective heat sink for polarization  —  The BBC functions as a heat sink for polarization — converting potentially dangerous energy into something the system can more easily deal with.
Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
Sources: Verizon has approached multiple digital media companies, including Group Nine and Vox Media, in the past few months for a potential sale of HuffPost  —  Verizon has been quietly scrambling to unload HuffPost as it grapples with continued losses at the left-leaning news and culture website, The Post has learned.
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Presidential Debate Commission co-chair says Chris Wallace and others will not fact-check Trump or Biden, arguing moderators and reporters have different roles  —  Presidential Debate Commission co-chair Frank Fahrenkopf Jr. said Sunday he doesn't expect Fox News anchor Chris Wallace …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Chris Wallace says he will “be as invisible as possible” during Tuesday's debate as execs and producers say TV networks may not do much real-time fact-checking
Sahil Patel / Wall Street Journal:
Disney sells TrueX, an ad-tech company it absorbed as part of its acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets in 2019, to Gimbal; a source says for less than $100M  —  Gimbal wants TrueX's technology to go after the ‘addressable-TV’ market, where different ads are shown to different households
Discussion: MediaPost, AdExchanger and Adweek
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Pew survey of 12K+ US adults: 26% said they get news from YouTube while only 23% of those said they “often” get news from channels of established news orgs  —  Around a quarter of U.S. adults, or roughly 26%, say they get news by watching YouTube videos, according to a new study …
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Profile of Rest of World, Sophie Schmidt's nonprofit journalism startup that launched in May and reports on under-covered tech stories in developing countries  —  Sophie Schmidt's Rest of World covers technology and its impact on societies outside the U.S.  —  Sophie Schmidt is looking to build her own big name in tech.
Washington Square News:
The entire staff of Washington Square News, NYU's student newspaper, has resigned in protest of their new editorial advisor, three weeks after the EIC was fired  —  We, the undersigned WSN Fall 2020 Editorial Staff, have collectively decided to resign from Washington Square News, effective immediately.
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Interview with Jean Ellen Cowgill, GM of Bloomberg's QuickTake, which is expanding into streaming with its inclusion in Bloomberg's OTT app, relaunching Nov. 9  —  Bloomberg Media QuickTake — formerly known as TicToc, with the name later changed for obvious reasons — is the company's three …
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Margaret Renkl / New York Times:
PBS, which turns 50 in Oct., illustrates how public TV can educate and unite by showing us what it means to be human, across kids shows, documentaries, and news  —  Next month will mark 50 years of television that aims to educate and unite.  —  NASHVILLE — On Oct. 4, 1970 …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The subject of NYT podcast “Caliphate” has been charged in Canada for allegedly fabricating tales about his experiences as an Islamic State fighter  —  The subject of an award-winning New York Times podcast has been charged in Canada for allegedly fabricating tales about his experiences as an Islamic State fighter.
Dean Baquet / New York Times:
Following its bombshell Trump tax investigation, The New York Times will not be “making the records themselves public” to protect its sources  —  The New York Times has examined decades of President Trump's financial records, assembling the most comprehensive picture yet of his business dealings.
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Roku launches $130 Streambar, which combines a compact soundbar with a 4K and HDR streaming device, shipping in mid-October  —  A 14-inch soundbar with 4K / HDR streaming  —  A year after Roku announced its Smart Soundbar, the company is back with the Streambar, which combines a compact soundbar with a 4K / HDR streaming device.
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Los Angeles Times:
LA Times confronts its past, apologizes for its history of racism, and pledges to improve its coverage of SoCal's communities and the diversity of its staff