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3:00 PM ET, October 9, 2020


 Top News: 
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.
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 …
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 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.
Discussion: @kerrymflynn
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 …
Discussion: BBC, The Guardian and The Guardian
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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 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