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12:15 PM 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.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: James and Kathryn Murdoch are preparing a multi-million dollar investment to support a new AP climate reporting hub with ~20 journalists  —  James and Kathryn Murdoch are nearing a deal to make a multi-million dollar investment to support the formation of a new climate reporting hub …
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.
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 …
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
The Sydney Morning Herald editor Lisa Davies resigns after five years leading the newsroom, leaving both the Herald and the Sun-Herald without editors  —  Davies is to step down immediately, leaving both the Herald and Sun-Herald without editors  — Download the free Guardian app; get our morning email briefing
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Comcast unveils XClass smart TVs starting at $298, available at Walmart, and offering 12 months of ad-supported Peacock Premium for free in the US  —  Comcast is going direct-to-consumer — offering streaming TV services to consumers across the U.S., including outside its traditional service areas …
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.
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  —  Company is seeking a valuation of at least $3 billion in a sale, potentially more in an IPO  —  Moonbug Entertainment Ltd. …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
WaPo promotes Cameron Burr to senior managing editor and gives the chief product officer title to Kat Downs Mulder, currently managing editor for digital  —  The Washington Post will promote two veteran editors to new senior roles and will expand the responsibilities of a third top editor …
Discussion: Axios
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”
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
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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
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Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
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