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3:00 PM ET, October 9, 2020

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David Folkenflik / NPR:
Five suspended USAGM officials are suing it, CEO Michael Pack, and some senior aides, alleging they're breaking the law by pursuing a Pro-Trump agenda for VOA  —  Five suspended officials at the U.S. Agency for Global Media are suing the agency, its new CEO and several of his most senior aides …
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Twitter announces changes to clamp down on US election misinfo, like blocking retweets of misleading content from candidates and accounts with 100K+ followers  —  Move is latest escalation of anti-misinformation measures in run-up to presidential vote  —  Twitter has announced …
Jacob Knutson / Axios:
ABC News to host a Biden town hall on Oct. 15, originally set for the second debate, after Trump backed out; Biden rejected other dates offered by Trump  —  Joe Biden will appear at a town hall event hosted by ABC News and moderated by George Stephanopoulos in Philadelphia on Oct. 15, the network announced on Thursday.
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Quint Forgey / Politico:
Trump refuses to participate in second debate, saying “I'm not going to waste my time on virtual debate” because “they cut you off whenever they want”
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Triller, a TikTok competitor that sees being American as its greatest asset, is tempting TikTok stars with cash, fancy cars, creator mansions, and more  —  TikTok's top creators are taking “Triller money” to bring their content over to the app.  —  When talk of a possible TikTok ban began in July …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Nielsen: 57.9M people watched the Pence-Harris debate on Wednesday across 18 linear TV channels and on connected TV, the second most-watched VP debate ever  —  Nearly 58 million people watched the vice presidential debate between Sen. Kamala Harris and Vice President Mike Pence on television …
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Lara Seligman / Politico:
During the vice presidential debate, Susan Page allowed both Pence and Harris to interrupt and didn't ask follow-up questions after they dodged her initial ones
Emily Flitter / New York Times:
Profile of Matt Levine, whose newsletter on Bloomberg, Money Stuff, has ~150K subscribers and mixes deadpan humor with technical explanations  —  Finance journalism isn't known for its writerly voices.  Matt Levine, the author of Money Stuff, is an oddball exception.
Julian Clover / Broadband TV News:
Digital TV Research: global traditional pay-TV revenue projected to fall to $152B by 2025, from a peak of $202B in 2016  —  About Julian Clover  —  Julian Clover is a Media and Technology journalist based in Cambridge, UK.  He works in online and printed media.  Julian is also a voice on local radio.
BuzzFeed:
BuzzFeed diversity report: US employee population is 62% female, 57% white, 13% Asian, ~10% Black, up from 7.7% in 2019, ~9% Hispanic or Latinx, up from 7.5%  —  As part of our ongoing focus on diversity, inclusion and belonging at BuzzFeed, I shared this information with our employees.
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Financial Times:
Former ITV, Guardian, and BBC journalist Allegra Stratton named UK government's press secretary and will lead new daily televised press briefings  —  Allegra Stratton expected to take up role as public media face of government next month  —  A former newspaper and broadcast journalist …
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Matt Donnelly / Variety:
IMAX will furlough 150 employees starting October 26 for at least two months, mostly affecting employees in the US and Canada
Arjun Kharpal / CNBC:
Source: Nasdaq-listed Chinese video streaming service Bilibili is gearing up for a secondary listing in Hong Kong next year, which could raise up to $1.5B
Jason Leopold / BuzzFeed News:
BuzzFeed News has filed an emergency motion in DC's district court to declassify the Mueller investigation report, after Trump ordered the same in a tweet
Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
Disney's latest Pixar movie Soul will have its US debut on Disney+ on Dec. 25 at no extra cost to subscribers, after an initial June theater release was delayed
Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Sources: ViacomCBS has begun laying off staff at its digital media properties, including CNET, ahead of the Red Ventures takeover, affecting up to 100 employees
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: AT&T's WarnerMedia plans to reduce costs by up to 20%, potentially resulting in thousands of layoffs across Warner Bros. studios and channels like HBO
ProPublica:
ProPublica to launch three regional reporting hubs, in the South, the Southwest, and the Midwest, for which it expects to add nearly 30 new positions
Vincent Barone / New York Post:
A reporter and a freelance photographer were chased and assaulted at Orthodox Jewish protests in NYC against COVID-19 restrictions