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8:00 PM ET, October 27, 2020


 Top News: 
David Folkenflik / NPR:
USAGM CEO eliminates firewall protecting VOA and affiliated newsrooms from political interference in its journalism, claiming “harm” to “US national interest”  —  A regulatory “firewall” intended to protect Voice of America and its affiliated newsrooms from political interference …
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.
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  —  The Lincoln Project is looking to beef up its media business after the election, sources tell Axios.
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Netflix is testing an audio-only mode with some Android users, to compete with podcasts and audiobooks, based on code in the latest version of its Android app  —  Netflix is testing a new audio-only mode with a subset of its Android users, according to code snippets found in the latest version of its Android app.
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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 …
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  —  Including a new $10-per-month option  —  After years of anticipation, T-Mobile is finally getting into the live TV business …
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  —  In a historic change, The Salt Lake Tribune will stop printing and delivering a daily edition at year's end and switch to a weekly printed newspaper delivered by mail.
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  —  When the world's largest social media platform unveiled its new Facebook News last year, the company emphasized …
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.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
TikTok partners with Shopify, letting merchants create TikTok ad campaigns and In-Feed video ads from the Shopify dashboard  —  TikTok is further investing in social commerce with today's announcement of a new global partnership with e-commerce platform Shopify.
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  —  After 26 years at The New Yorker, he became chief editor at Random House, overseeing works by a raft of luminaries.  He wrote a half-dozen well-received books of his own.
Noam Cohen / Wired:
Wikipedia to protect its main 2020 election page with expanded measures, like stopping new editors from making edits, that it has used to stop COVID-19 misinfo  —  The encyclopedia is determined to emerge from the insanity of a pandemic and a polarizing election with its information and reputation intact.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
60 Minutes used Lesley Stahl's in-conversation responses, narration, and clips of Trump from rallies to fact check his comments in the interview aired on Sunday  —  Lesley Stahl told President Trump up front: “You know, this is ‘60 Minutes.’ And we can't put on things we can't verify."
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Hanna Ziady / CNN:
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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