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12:20 PM ET, September 15, 2021

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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Profile of veteran Black journalist Kevin Merida who became the executive editor of LA Times in June and says he wants to “redefine what a modern newspaper is”  —  The new executive editor of the L.A. Times rode a stellar career to helm California's paper of record.
Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
ViacomCBS launches BET Studios, offering Black creatives an equity stake to produce content for outlets within and outside the media conglomerate  —  The three producers will be equity partners in the venture, which Aisha Summers Burke has been tapped to lead.
Discussion: The Wrap, Variety, Deadline and Realscreen
Corrie Driebusch / Wall Street Journal:
SmartNews, a news aggregation app that shows users articles on the same topic with labels on their political bent, raises $230M at a ~$2B valuation  —  Tokyo-based news-discovery company is valued at $2 billion in its latest funding round  —  SmartNews Inc. has raised $230 million …
The Guardian:
Police investigating the 2019 killing of journalist Lyra McKee have arrested four men in the Derry area  —  Police Service of Northern Ireland says the men have been detained under the Terrorism Act  —  Detectives investigating the killing of the journalist Lyra McKee have arrested four men.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
In a memo, Fox Corp. says around 90% of its employees are vaccinated and it will soon introduce daily COVID-19 testing for those who are not vaccinated  —  Fox Corp. intends to test unvaccinated employees daily for coronavirus infections, the company disclosed in a memo.
Elias Leight / Rolling Stone:
Sleep Fruits Music, which plays 30-second clips of rain sounds, has ~10M Spotify streams/day, diminishing the money available for artists recording actual songs  —  Onlookers in the music industry are not pleased  —  On an average day on Spotify, megastars like Olivia Rodrigo and Drake routinely rack up the biggest stream counts.
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
In a lawsuit, a GMA producer claims ABC News retaliated against her after she filed a complaint earlier this year alleging sexual assault by Michael Corn  —  The claim from a producer on ‘Good Morning America’ comes in an amended version of her lawsuit against the network and her former boss
 
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Clio Chang / Columbia Journalism Review:
A look at Teen Vogue's political transformation, its place within Condé Nast, and the tension between its socialist politics and the ads that finance it
Katie Kilkenny / The Hollywood Reporter:
A slate of candidates for WGAE union leadership that supports more digital newsroom organizing won election Tuesday, after internal debate on the union's focus
David Folkenflik / NPR:
A deep look at Salem Media, owner of Townhall, RedState, and 100+ radio stations, as well as employer and backer of California governor's candidate Larry Elder
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
Thanks to remote hiring, Quartz says people of color make up 42% of employees, up from 31% last year, and Fortune has hired 22 new people, half outside NY
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
GB News is looking to hire more of Nigel Farage's former Brexit party colleagues; Farage's program leads channel ratings, with 80,000 viewers of his latest show
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Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Sources: Comcast has struck a partnership with TV manufacturer Hisense to sell two smart TV models under the brand XClass, using Comcast's X1 operating system
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Stephen Curry and his Unanimous Media production label have signed a deal with Comcast NBCUniversal; sources value the deal in the high eight-figure range
Norimitsu Onishi / New York Times:
Profile of CNews, France's top news network, modeled after Fox News, with a focus on opinion that covers incendiary topics like immigration, crime, and Islam
Erin Overbey / @erinoverbey:
[Thread] New Yorker's archive editor compiles contributor and editor diversity numbers for the magazine: people of color and women are very poorly represented
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Philly Inquirer refuses to call GOP investigation of PA's election results an audit, an example of an outlet using language that serves the public's interests