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1:05 PM ET, September 15, 2021

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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
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.
Emma Kelly / Metro.co.uk:
BBC confirms that ex-HuffPost UK EIC Jess Brammar has been appointed to a new role overseeing the BBC's domestic and international news channels  —  Jess Brammar has been hired by the BBC, following controversy about her potential role at the corporation.  —  BBC chairman Richard Sharp confirmed today …
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.
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Clubhouse hires Nina Gregory, senior editor for NPR's Arts Desk, as its first head of news and media publishers  —  New York (CNN Business)Live audio app Clubhouse boomed during the early months of the pandemic as people craved social connections and entertainment while spending most of their time isolated and inside.
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.
Manori Ravindran / Variety:
Nadine Dorries appointed as UK culture secretary, replacing Oliver Dowden hours before he was due to make a speech about proposed Channel 4 privatization  —  Just 45 minutes before Oliver Dowden was slated to address the British television industry at the Royal Television Society confab in Cambridge …
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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Josh Gerstein / Politico:
Appeals court rejects Devin Nunes' defamation suit over a 2018 Esquire article, but says he may have been libeled when a reporter tweeted out the story in 2019
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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