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10:55 AM ET, October 28, 2020


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Roisin O'Connor / The Independent:
Spotify comes under criticism after Joe Rogan interviewed Alex Jones in a three-hour episode of his podcast on Tuesday; Jones was banned from Spotify in 2018  —  Jones was banned from Spotify, as well as Facebook, Apple and YouTube, in 2018  —  Spotify is under fire after Joe Rogan invited …
William D. Cohan / Vanity Fair:
Since 2003, the conservative Bradley Foundation has awarded $1M to current and former members of WSJ's editorial board or to writers on the paper's Opinion side  —  The Rhode Island senator's “dark money” riff at a SCOTUS hearing drew fire from the Journal's opinion side …
Reid Nakamura / The Wrap:
Jon Stewart, former host of The Daily Show, will host a current affairs series for Apple TV+ as part of a multiyear deal with Stewart's Busboy Productions  —  Jon Stewart is returning to television with a new current affairs series at Apple, the company announced Tuesday.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
TikTok says it is working with AP to provide access to an interactive map showing live results for both US federal and state elections in its election guide  —  TikTok announced this morning it will expand the set of resources provided in its in-app election guide in the U.S. to include direct access …
Discussion: CNET and Deadline, more at Techmeme »
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
DoubleVerify, which provides ad analytics and fraud detection tools to advertisers and brands, raises $350M  —  Ad-based platforms can face a lot of heat from advertisers when they can't control how and where their ads run: just look back to the ad boycott against Facebook earlier this year …
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
CUNY's Journalism Creators Program, which began in 2010 as a 4-month NYC program, is now fully remote and 100 days long, encouraging smaller community ventures  —  Here at Nieman Lab in 2010, we were just two years into covering journalism innovation and more broadly, what the future of news would look like.
Italy's antitrust authority to investigate Google for alleged abuse of its dominant position in the online display ad market, following a complaint by IAB Italy  —  ROME/MILAN (Reuters) - Italy's antitrust authority is investigating Alphabet's Google GOOGL.O for alleged abuse of its dominant position …
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
ViacomCBS names Bryon Rubin COO of the CBS Entertainment Group; Rubin will also continue as CFO of the division  —  Rubin, who is currently CFO of the division, will continue in that role as well, overseeing all financial and business operations for the unit.
Discussion: The Wrap and Variety
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Group Nine's NowThis says it has unionized with the Writers Guild of America East for its 90-person editorial staff  —  NowThis, a leading producer of video news for mobile use, said Tuesday it has unionized with the Writers Guild of America East.  —  The parent company, Ben Lerer's Group Nine …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
RTL Group sells its stake in Canada-based digital media and tech company BroadbandTV for $120M, as BBTV launches an IPO on the Toronto Stock Exchange  —  European media conglomerate RTL Group has sold its entire stake in BroadbandTV, the digital media and tech company, for $120 million.
The New York Times Company:
NYT is promoting Carolyn Ryan to deputy managing editor; Ryan has overseen newsroom recruitment, led diversity efforts, and led some of NYT's largest news desks  —  Carolyn, a model leader with an abiding commitment to diversity and inclusion, becomes a deputy managing editor.
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Sam Roberts / New York Times:
Daniel Menaker, an influential editor and author who spent 26 years at The New Yorker before becoming chief editor at Random House, dies at 79
Hanna Ziady / CNN:
Profile of trailblazing UK newspaper The Voice, which was the first aimed at the country's Black and British population but whose influence is now waning
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
EIC of Courier Newsroom says Facebook has penalized it for being open about its funding, while right-wing news sites with opaque funding don't face restrictions
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
T-Mobile will debut live TV streaming service TVision on Nov. 1, with TVision Vibe available for $10/mo. and more expensive TVision Live tiers with sports, news
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Jem Aswad / Variety:
RIAA, Recording Academy, and several other major US music organizations sign letter to Twitch accusing it of not having proper licenses for its Soundtrack tool
David Folkenflik / NPR:
USAGM CEO eliminates firewall protecting VOA and affiliated newsrooms from political interference in its journalism, claiming “harm” to “US national interest”
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Lincoln Project signed with UTA to develop Lincoln Media and sources say it's weighing offers from studios, podcast networks, a path akin to Crooked Media's
Tony Semerad / Salt Lake Tribune:
Salt Lake Tribune to move to a weekly print edition at the end of 2020 as its decade-long print, delivery, and ad partnership with the Deseret News expires
Emily Atkin / HEATED:
Analysis of 30 news articles on the last presidential debate's climate policy exchange shows 25 used Trump's pro-oil framing while 5 hit on the cost of inaction