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7:15 PM ET, October 20, 2020


 Top News: 
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Alana Wise / NPR:
Debate commission announces new rule where only the candidate with the floor will have an open mic during new two minute sessions of uninterrupted speaking time  —  The Commission on Presidential Debates announced changes to the debate rules ahead of Thursday's final presidential debate.
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
The news media is biased in Trump's favor because the only way to cover his lies and misconduct is to create a different, lower standard than other presidents
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
Trump campaign wants Thursday's debate to focus on foreign policy, protests possible rule changes like muting candidate's mics by an “unnamed person”
Steven Perlberg / Digiday:
The Atlantic has new NY offices and had record subscriptions but is stuck in a long CEO selection process and has been posting losses since its staff expansion  —  During a rambling press conference last month, U.S. president Donald Trump blasted the Atlantic as “a second-rate magazine,” …
Thornton McEnery / New York Post:
Sources: Mike Bloomberg discussed a SPAC deal with Bill Ackman of Pershing Square Tontine Holdings to take Bloomberg LP public; Bloomberg spokesman denies talks  —  Michael Bloomberg has been in talks to take his media empire public through an entity controlled by billionaire Bill Ackman, The Post has learned.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
ViacomCBS promotes Pluto TV CEO Tom Ryan to president and CEO of ViacomCBS Streaming, overseeing the future Paramount+ and Pluto TV  —  ViacomCBS has restructured its streaming operations with a global lens: Tom Ryan, currently CEO of Pluto TV, will assume the role of president and CEO …
David Plotz:
Ex-Atlas Obscura CEO David Plotz is launching City Cast, a national network of daily local podcasts, this winter; Graham Holdings owns the for-profit outlet  —  Our worlds have shrunk in the pandemic.  I used to spend hours every week Amtraking up and down the East Coast.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Pandora has completed its acquisition of Stitcher and has now launched Stitcher's podcasts across all tiers of its service  —  SiriusXM today completed its previously announced $325 million acquisition of podcast platform Stitcher from E.W. Scripps, and has now launched Stitcher's podcasts …
Jasper Craven / Battle Borne:
After it shut down last week, a look back at NYT's At War, which launched in 2009 as a successor to Baghdad Bureau blog, as pubs scale back coverage of US wars  —  When The New York Times established “At War” as a blog in 2009, it represented a radical new approach to reporting on conflict, and what comes after it.
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Quibi is now available to stream natively on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Android TV devices, but not on Roku or gaming consoles  —  After debuting exclusively on iPhone and Android, Quibi has slowly expanded to more platforms.  In May, the company added AirPlay and then Cast support …
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