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12:05 PM ET, September 6, 2021


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Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
At a Senate hearing, Sky News Australia CEO says it “self-censored” 18 videos about COVID-19 to avoid a permanent YouTube ban, denies broadcasting Covid misinfo  —  CEO Paul Whittaker also tells media diversity inquiry Sky News Australia does not deny climate change, and accepts it is happening
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] Rolling Stone's story claiming ivermectin overdoses clogged Oklahoma hospitals was poorly sourced and wrong, but Insider, Maddow, and more picked it up  —  🧵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.⤵️
Vincent Ni / The Guardian:
Next Digital, the publisher of Hong Kong's Apple Daily, files for liquidation, after its board of directors resigned to help facilitate the process  —  Apple Daily publisher Next Digital hopes move will allow payments to be made to creditors and former staff
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.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK free business paper City AM will return to print on September 20 after an 18-month hiatus due to the pandemic  —  City AM has set a date for its return to print, 18 months after going digital-only to ride out the worst of the Covid-19 pandemic.  —  The free business daily will return …
Robert Daniels / Vulture:
Interview with Maya Cade, creator of Black Film Archive, a site that lists, describes, and links to all Black films from 1915-1979 that are available to stream  —  “Everything I do speaks specifically to Black people.  Will a Black person take this and do what they need with it?," …
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, has 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
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.
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.
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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
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
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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
Ben Woods / Telegraph:
Sources: GB News chairman and flagship presenter Andrew Neil is expected to leave the network following disagreements with the CEO
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Sling TV is launching the Barstool Sports Channel, which will carry the latter's series and video podcasts as well as an exclusive show