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12:00 PM ET, September 30, 2020


 Top News: 
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Moderating his second presidential debate, Fox News anchor Chris Wallace struggled to keep the event coherent, pleading at times with Trump to let Biden speak  —  On the eve of Tuesday night's presidential debate, Chris Wallace of Fox News declared his goal as the evening's moderator: “My job is to be as invisible as possible.”
Ben Collins / NBC News:
Right-wing news sources and the WH press secretary amplified a conspiracy theory about an electronic earpiece for Biden, hours before the presidential debate  —  A conspiracy theory that Joe Biden would wear an electronic device in his ear during the first presidential debate went wildly viral Tuesday …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Failing some radical reform in the debate format that gives moderators more power, there's no reason for the next two debates to take place as scheduled  —  Chris Wallace wanted to be “invisible” as the moderator of the first presidential debate.  “If I've done my job right,” …
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Axios is on target to make a profit in 2020, with ~$58M in revenue, up 30%+ YoY, due to sponsored-newsletter business that contributes 50%+ of revenue  —  Three-year-old media company avoids staff reductions and is on pace to be profitable in 2020  —  “Smart brevity” has been good for business at Axios.
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
YouTube TV is dropping all Fox regional sports networks starting Oct. 1; the networks will now only be available for streaming on Hulu Live TV and AT&T TV Now  —  Just following the end of baseball season, YouTube TV is about to lose 21 Fox Regional Sports Networks.
Reuters launches The Great Reboot, a vertical to cover the transformation of workplaces due to COVID-19  —  Reuters announced today the launch of a new editorial vertical on the transformation and reimagining of the workplace that is being accelerated around the world by COVID-19.
Discussion: Talking Biz News
Saritha Rai / Bloomberg:
Condé Nast says it will open a global tech center in Bangalore to design and build digital content platforms for its brands including GQ and Vogue  —  - Center to build digital platforms for brands like Vogue and GQ  — Magazine publisher plans to hire over 300 people by end-2021
Discussion: @livefromalounge and @saritharai
Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
Disney is laying off 28,000 employees, due to prolonged closures of its California theme parks and limited attendance at open parks  —  Prolonged closures at Disney's California-based theme parks and limited attendance at its open parks has forced the company to lay off 28,000 employees across its parks …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Update on The Daily Memphian and Ken Doctor's Lookout Local: the Memphian has 13,900 subscribers paying $9.25/month average, Lookout Local to debut mid-November  —  Two full-scale newspaper launches in digital format marked milestones last week as they test whether going big can challenge a shrinking legacy print title.
Chris Stokel-Walker / Bloomberg:
Internal TikTok presentation: 17M Britons spend over an hour on the app daily, while France has 11M DAUs, Germany has 10.7M, Spain has 8.8M, and Norway has 1.2M  —  One in four Britons use TikTok every month, with 17 million regulars spending just over an hour a day on the app …
Paola Nalvarte / LatAm Journalism Review:
IFJ: 171 journalists have died from COVID-19 in Latin America between March and Aug.; 82 were from Peru, where many are freelancers with less access to PPE  —  Between March and August, 82 Peruvian journalists died from COVID-19 while covering the pandemic, according to the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).
With just an estimated 1.4M users in Africa, Netflix is testing cheaper, mobile-only subscriptions and commissioning local shows to attract new subscribers  —  - U.S. giant is still a relatively small player on continent  — Rise of 4G boosts streaming services but economies are shaky
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 More News: 
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Comscore data shows The Drudge Report had 1.4M unique visitors in August, down 42% YoY, as the rift between Trump and Matt Drudge grows
Discussion: New York Post
Kendall Baker / Axios:
Buzzer, which aims to offer live sports on mobile devices by aggregating sports rights, raises $4M in seed funding led by Lerer Hippeau and Sapphire Sport
The Conversation:
Comparison of MSNBC and Fox News transcripts from January to May showed Fox used the word “hate” 5X more than MSNBC, often with “they”, as in “they hate Trump”
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Q&A with Allissa Richardson, assistant professor at USC Annenberg, on how smartphones are a gift and curse for protest journalism, the myth of objectivity, more
 Earlier Picks: 
Damon Beres / OneZero:
OneZero debuts two new publications, Debugger, about how people use gadgets, apps, and services, and Future Human, about science shaping the future
Sara Jerde / Adweek:
Vox Media launches Concert Ad Manager, a self-serve ad tool to create, submit, and track ads across properties on its marketplace, Concert
Discussion: MediaPost
Frank Pallotta / CNN:
Disney launches GroupWatch on Disney+, a feature that lets up to seven people watch in sync; viewers can react using emoji but can't chat
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