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4:30 PM ET, September 30, 2020


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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.”
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,” …
Francesca Chambers / @fran_chambers:
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 …
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.
Mike Allen / @mikeallen:   Axios will launch daily newsletters in several local markets next year, starting with Minneapolis, Denver, Des Moines, and Tampa
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Sen. Warren and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez pull out of New Yorker Festival in solidarity with The New Yorker Union, which is planing a digital picket line  —  The two standard-bearers of the left said they would skip the annual event in solidarity with The New Yorker Union, which plans a digital picket line.
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Google unveiled its new streaming dongle, Chromecast with Google TV, which combines Chromecast tech with a redesigned Android TV interface emphasizing content  —  Google is taking another stab at conquering the living room: The company officially unveiled its new streaming dongle, Chromecast with Google TV, Wednesday.
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: @saritharai and @livefromalounge
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
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.
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Food52 will launch its own OTT app, two years after launching its OTT channel on Xumo, where Food52 says advertising increased by 341% since launch  —  On Wednesday, Food52 will launch its own OTT app, two years after the food publisher first entered the streaming space.
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
BBC's new DG says its upcoming social media guidelines will have “very clear” enforcement policies for staff, including being “able to take people off Twitter”
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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
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”
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