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9:35 PM ET, October 6, 2021

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John Shiffman / Reuters:
Review of court records details AT&T's role in creating and funding OANN; 90% of OANN's revenue comes from contracts with DirecTV and other AT&T services  —  As it lauded former President Donald Trump and spread his unfounded claims of election fraud, One America News Network saw its viewership jump.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
IAC's digital publishing arm Dotdash acquires Meredith, publisher of People and other magazines, in a $2.7B all-cash deal  —  Meredith, the media company home to publications including People, EW, Better Homes & Gardens and InStyle, will become part of Dotdash, the digital publishing division …
Alex Heath / The Verge:
Brandon Silverman, the founder and CEO of the Facebook-owned analytics tool CrowdTangle, is leaving the company; team members were reassigned several months ago  —  CrowdTangle has been caught up in an internal transparency battle at Facebook  —  Brandon Silverman, the founder and CEO …
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Bustle relaunches Mic for a young, “extremely online” audience, with more pop culture coverage and less politics  —  Under new ownership, the online publication aimed at younger readers unveiled a revamped version of itself on Wednesday.  —  Mic, an online magazine that was known …
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Inside Disney's CEO transition, as Bob Iger lingers while successor Bob Chapek provokes anxiety due to his lack of creative background and data-driven approach  —  Eighteen months into media's most consequential transition, Disney's respected ex-CEO lingers while successor Bob Chapek provokes creative anxiety …
Reuters:
Twitter is selling mobile ad subsidiary MoPub to AppLovin for $1.05B, after acquiring it for nearly $350M in 2013  —  Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) said on Wednesday it has agreed to sell mobile ads company MoPub to AppLovin Corp (APP.O) for $1.05 billion in cash.  —  MoPub, which generated …
Chris Scullion / Video Games Chronicle:
Twitch acknowledges a “breach” after a 4chan user leaks its source code, creator payouts from 2019-2021, proprietary SDKs, internal AWS services, and more  —  SOURCE CODES AND USER PAYOUTS AMONG THE DATA RELEASED IN A 128GB TORRENT  —  An anonymous hacker claims to have leaked …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
NBCUniversal names Kelly Campbell as president of Peacock, two days after she quit her job as Hulu president  —  It's official: Kelly Campbell is the new president of Peacock, NBCUniversal announced. … Campbell will join the Peacock leadership team starting in November and will be based in the Los Angeles area.
Elaine Godfrey / The Atlantic:
Case study: the collapse of one Iowa newspaper, replaced by community Facebook groups full of rumors and angry takes on national political news  —  The grain elevator exploded on a cool April morning in 1987, six years before I was born.  My father was testing a clay sample in a lab two miles away when suddenly the dial jumped.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Snap expands Snapchat creator monetization programs, including Spotlight Challenges, which pays $25K+ to creators using specific sounds, topics, or AR lenses  —  Snap is rolling out new ways for Snapchat creators to make money on the app — part of the company's efforts to keep …
Yashraj Sharma / Rest of World:
Instagram usage exploded in India after the TikTok ban, but the creator economy is still devastated, and critics say Reels content is comparatively bland  —  “TikTok was a canteen; Instagram is a café.  But the canteen has better food, and the café serves costly coffee that not everyone drinks."
 
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Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism:
Comparative analysis finds that the Black press publishes more coverage on racism, health disparities, and voting access than the US mainstream media
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
FOI: four BBC journalists were formally disciplined over their social media use during Tim Davie's first year as DG, when he introduced the new guidelines
The New York Times Company:
Blake Hounshell, currently a Politico managing editor, will join NYT to build a team for its On Politics newsletter
Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times:
UK media regulator Ofcom says TikTok, Snapchat, OnlyFans, and other video platforms must verify ages and remove harmful content swiftly or face fines
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Thomas Seal / Bloomberg:
Sources: BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and Channel 5 are developing a joint streaming service to defend against US tech giants and a planned UK overhaul of TV laws
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Ethan Millman / Rolling Stone:
Tina Turner sells her music rights and more to BMG, which calls the deal its single largest artist acquisition yet; Warner Music will remain her record company
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Daily Mail Online ran a lawyer's full tweet thread as a sidebar to another story, then after he complained, put the tweets into the main story and paid him
New York Times:
Ozy investor LifeLine sues the outlet, claiming it failed to disclose pertinent information in February, prior to LifeLine's $2M+ investment