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9:10 AM ET, October 19, 2021


 Top News: 
Edward Ongweso Jr / VICE:
Facebook posts an odd thread attacking 30+ unnamed journalists “finishing up a coordinated series of articles based on thousands of pages of leaked documents”  —  The company decried the use of embargoes to coordinate a coming series of reporting on thousands of pages of leaks, despite regularly using embargoes itself.
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Axel Springer removes Bild editor Julian Reichelt after an NYT report detailed allegations that he behaved inappropriately with women at the publication  —  The German media giant Axel Springer said on Monday that the editor of Bild, its powerful tabloid, had been removed from his duties …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Docs show Axel Springer faced claims that Bild's workplace culture mixed sex, journalism, and company cash; Axios' Jim VandeHei says merger talks were “sneaky”
Zoe Schiffer / The Verge:
Ahead of the Wednesday walkout, Netflix's trans employees release demands including putting a warning on transphobic content and boosting trans-affirming titles  —  Taking down the Dave Chappelle special isn't one of them  —  The trans employee resource group at Netflix has released a list …
Hugo Miller / Bloomberg:
UK's CMA says it is launching a study into the music streaming market; over 80% of music is now streamed in the UK  —  The U.K.'s music streaming market is facing scrutiny from the country's competition watchdog in a study that'll better understand the industry to ensure it remains competitive.
New York Times:
Profile of Iole Lucchese, a Scholastic exec given control of the company after the sudden death of CEO Dick Robinson; sources say they were romantic partners  —  The powerhouse children's publisher, known for Harry Potter, had been passed from father to son until Iole Lucchese, a top executive, was given control.
Ryan Lattanzio / IndieWire:
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences CEO Dawn Hudson says she will not renew her contract after her three-year term ends in 2023  —  Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences chief executive officer Dawn Hudson will not renew her contract after her three-year term ends.
Discussion: Variety and The Wrap
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
In an SEC filing, Sinclair confirms a ransomware attack is disrupting its TV channels; Sinclair initially blamed technical issues  —  Sinclair formally confirmed the ransomware attack a day after this initial report in SEC documents.  Original reporting below.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Sony Pictures Entertainment to sell GSN Games, a division of Game Show Network, to mobile games company Scopely for about $1B  —  Sony Pictures Entertainment announced a deal to sell GSN Games, a division of Game Show Network, to mobile-games company Scopely for about $1 billion in cash and stock.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Nieman Lab:
Analysis of 141K headline A/B tests run by 293 news sites: such tests can boost stories' traffic but no single feature of writing style makes much difference  —  What makes a good headline?  Over-the-top superlatives?  Clever wordplay?  Eye-popping numbers?  —  Newsrooms grapple with this question on a daily basis.
Sources: China is considering asking Tencent, ByteDance, and other media companies to let rivals access and display their content in search results  —  - MIIT may ask Tencent to allow Baidu, others to search WeChat  — If implemented, it could shake up the online advertising arena
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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Moonbug, owner of popular children's show CoComelon, is exploring a sale or IPO at a $3B+ valuation, and is projecting a profit of ~$100M this year
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
BBC DG offers to meet Marcus Ryder, a prominent Black media executive who was reportedly blocked from a senior BBC position after making public comments on race
Janet Freund / Bloomberg:
Playboy says it will launch its creator-driven adult entertainment website Centerfold in Q4 after buying social content platform Dream for as much as $30M
Discussion: Forbes
Joe Rossignol / MacRumors:
Apple updates HomePod mini with new colors: yellow, blue, and orange, available next month for the same $99 price
Discussion: Apple and ScreenRant
José Adorno / 9to5Mac:
Apple launches a new $5/month “Voice Plan” for accessing Apple Music exclusively with Siri, available in 17 countries
Michael King / The Streamable:
Dish files a formal FCC complaint against Tegna, alleging bad faith in the ongoing negotiations over a new carriage deal
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Sam Jones / Financial Times:
Austrian state prosecutors are investigating allegations that leading right-wing politician Sebastian Kurz used taxpayer money to buy positive media coverage
Joshua Dudley / Inverse:
A look at the early days of Cartoon Network's Adult Swim from the creators of its first four shows, and how the idea for a late-night animated block got started
Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix leases LA's historic Bay Theater, which closed for the pandemic, and will reopen it starting October 22 for special events and screenings of its films
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
Analysis: Apple Search Ads now account for 58% of iOS app installs from an ad click, up from 17% a year ago; Apple to earn $5B from its ads business in FY 2021