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3:55 PM ET, October 20, 2020


 Top News: 
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  —  Going into his NBC town hall, President Trump decided, for some reason, that his thematic message would be his unfair treatment …
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”
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 …
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,” …
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.
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Survey: Republicans who most trust Fox News as a TV news source are far more likely to approve of Trump compared to those who don't  —  From the outset of his presidency — or, really, his 2016 campaign — President Trump's approach to politics has been to get those who agree with him to agree with him more and more and more.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
WarnerMedia debuts WarnerMedia Ride, a free video service for smartphones and tablets connected to in-car WiFi via AT&T's unlimited data connected-car plans  —  Are we there yet?  —  WarnerMedia is bringing its premium video programming to bored kids and other road-weary passengers …
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 …
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Josef Adalian / Vulture:
Peanuts holidays specials won't air on a free network for the first time ever as Apple buys rights to them, but they'll be free on Apple TV+ for a limited time  —  Want to watch It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown this Halloween?  Or A Charlie Brown Christmas?  There's an app for that— specifically Apple TV+.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Stir, which helps creators split revenue from online collaborations on platforms like YouTube and Patreon, raises $4M in seed funding and launches a public beta  —  Stir, a service that lets creators on new online platforms manage their businesses, has raised $4 million in seed funding, executives tell Axios.
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Laura Wagner / VICE:
The New Yorker suspends reporter Jeffrey Toobin, sources say after he masturbated during a Zoom call; Toobin says he did not realize his video was on
In a letter, Sacramento Bee News Guild asks McClatchy's new CEO to reconsider a proposal to tie journalists' annual performance reviews and raises to page views
Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
Channing Dungey, most recently VP of original series at Netflix, will succeed Peter Roth as chairperson of Warner Bros. Television Group
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Sources: NY Post's article about Hunter Biden was written mostly by Bruce Golding, who did not allow his byline to be used amid doubts in the tabloid's newsroom
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A look at a pay-for-play network of ~1,300 sites and some papers that fills a local news void in the US with propaganda ordered by GOP and corporate PR groups