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5:30 AM ET, September 6, 2021


 Top News: 
Austin Ramzy / New York Times:
The board of directors of Next Digital, the publisher of Hong Kong's Apple Daily, says it has resigned and calls for the liquidation of the company  —  Next Digital, which has published criticism of China for decades, said a crackdown had left it with no way to operate.  Its main newspaper, Apple Daily, closed in June.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
As Gawker reboots, with its former features editor Leah Finnegan at the helm, it promises to no longer seek out articles that are “sanctimonious” or “cruel”  —  “I'm not interested in ruining people's lives,” says its top editor, Leah Finnegan, who once insulted a baby in a headline.
Drew Holden / @drewholden360:
[Thread] A Rolling Stone story claiming ivermectin overdoses clogged Oklahoma hospitals was poorly sourced and wrong but was picked up by Insider, Maddow, more  —  🧵THREAD🧵 We've got to talk about the Rolling Stone invermectin article. Turns out the story about rural hospitals so flooded with ODs that they couldn't treat other patients was made up, entirely invented. A lot of people took the bait, and I've got the screenshots.⤵️
Yinka Adegoke / Rest of World:
Profile of Abu Dhabi-based music streaming service Anghami, which has 1.4M paying subscribers and 70M total users, as it goes public via a $220M SPAC merger  —  Anghami is a case study in how the music business is being gradually transformed from outside its core centers of New York, Los Angeles and London.
Daniel A. Gross / New Yorker:
As libraries and schools transition to e-books, the value of e-book vendors like OverDrive, which make money by licensing content to libraries, have skyrocketed  —  Increasingly, books are something that libraries do not own but borrow from the corporations that do.
Wall Street Journal:
How Disney entered into a major legal battle with Scarlett Johansson, as CEO Bob Chapek mostly stayed out of the dispute and left talent relations to underlings  —  Disney chief Bob Chapek stayed out of the dispute with the star of “Black Widow,” which has since exploded into Hollywood's biggest battle in decades
Simon Owens / Simon Owens's Media Newsletter:
Media and tech journalist Simon Owens, a member of the Substack “middle class”, discusses the lessons learned and sacrifices made while building his newsletter  —  Star journalists generate six figure revenue within weeks after launching on Substack, but that's not the reality for most writers.
Ben Woods / Telegraph:
Sources: GB News chairman and flagship presenter Andrew Neil is expected to leave the network following disagreements with the CEO  —  Veteran interviewer has not presented his evening show since June 24, just two weeks after launch, and insiders believe he will not be back
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Report: top 25 US newspapers lost 20% of daily print circulation between Q1 of 2020 and Q1 of this year, with national papers experiencing the steepest declines  —  National papers had the deepest declines.  USA Today, with its hotel-heavy distribution, did worst of all.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Nielsen's suspension by the Media Rating Council creates a space for rivals, which may lead to splintered, multi-currency, multi-platform measurements  —  TV viewers can watch their favorite programs any way they want.  If media executives aren't careful, the industry will soon be counting those people in equally chaotic fashion.
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Mike Rougeau / @roguecheddar:
[Thread] Mike Rougeau, GameSpot departing managing editor, says the site has faced stagnation under Red Ventures and lists other troubling trends in games media
Susan Heavey / Reuters:
US Treasury Department announces sanctions against four Iranian intelligence operatives behind a failed plot to kidnap New York-based journalist Masih Alinejad
Ethan Paul / Responsible Statecraft:
Politico has scrubbed sponsor and advertiser Lockheed Martin from all editions of its national security newsletter after a tweet highlighted the relationship
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Lara O'Reilly / Insider:
Uber hires former Amazon ad director Mark Grether to leads its ad division as it looks to grow its ad revenue, which is set to hit $300M in 2022
Taylor Lorenz / New York Times:
Profile of Li Jin, who founded Atelier Ventures, which manages $13M, to invest in influencer-related startups and acts as a guru for many online creators
Calum Jaspan / Mumbrella:
Country Press Australia, an affiliation of regional media outlets, reaches a deal with Google for over 70 regional titles to join Google News Showcase