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10:45 PM ET, September 22, 2022

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Jolie Lash / The Wrap:
Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier is leaving to join Roku next month as president of Roku Media, overseeing ad sales, its ad platform business, and content  —  Fox Entertainment chief executive officer Charlie Collier is exiting the company and heading to Roku next month.
Voice of America:
In a 60-36 vote, the US Senate approves Amanda Bennett to head the US Agency for Global Media, which oversees Voice of America and other broadcasting entities  —  The U.S. Senate Thursday approved President Joe Biden's nominee to head the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM) …
Discussion: @indira_l and USAGM
Chris Willman / Variety:
Timbaland and Swizz Beatz settle a suit with Triller over missed payments after Triller acquired their music series Verzuz; settlement terms were not disclosed  —  Swizz Beatz and Timbaland have settled their lawsuit with Triller, after suing the service last month for $28 million …
Greg Burns / Local News Initiative:
Sources: Gannett is looking to sell 60+ of its nearly 500 publications, after having sold 100+ since 2020; parent GateHouse aims to cut $300M in annual costs  —  Earlier this month, Gannett's Michael Reed had an opportunity to set a new course for the nation's biggest newspaper company after disappointing financial results in August.
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Instagram, and now TikTok, have fallen afoul of the “Bootleg Ratio”, as clout-chasing accounts overtake content created by users specifically for each platform  —  TikTok is changing. … That stuff is still on the platform, but it's largely fallen off my For You page …
Rebecca Klar / The Hill:
A US Senate committee votes to approve the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, letting news organizations jointly negotiate with big tech platforms  —  A bill that would let most news outlets collectively negotiate with dominant tech platforms for compensation to distribute …
Eliza Mackintosh / CNN:
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi withdrew from a long-planned interview with Christiane Amanpour after she declined his last-minute demand to wear a head scarf  —  Iran's President cancels interview after Amanpour refuses head scarf demand  —  Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi withdrew …
Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen says Amazon Prime Video's first Thursday Night Football game averaged 13.03M viewers; Amazon claimed 15.3M viewers after guaranteeing advertisers 12.5M  —  Nielsen says 13 million viewers watched the Sept. 15 contest on Prime Video and local over-the-air affiliates.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The BBC, ITV, and Sky removed five pieces of video footage at the Queen's funeral, featuring members of the royal family, after a veto from Buckingham Palace  —  Exclusive: Five short pieces of video removed from circulation under agreement between broadcasters and Buckingham Palace
Marina Adami / Reuters Institute:
Q&A with Will Media EIC Francesco Zaffarano on the Italian social media-based outlet, the risks of putting all its content on external platforms, and more  —  “We have a politics that speaks to itself and newspapers that speak to themselves even more,” says editor-in-chief Francesco Zaffarano
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
An interview with the authors of the book Meme Wars, on what journalists don't understand about the power of memes, damaging manipulation campaigns, and more  —  In 2019, after BuzzFeed and Verizon Media announced a combined 1,000 layoffs on the same day, many people who had shared their layoffs …
Jon Lafayette / Next TV:
IMAX has acquired Ontario-based SSIMWave for $21M plus a $4M potential earnout; SSIMWave uses AI to optimize video for clients including Disney and Paramount  —  IMAX Corp. said it acquired streaming video technology company SSIMWave for $21 million.  IMAX said the deal will enable …
 
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Kimi Yoshino / The Baltimore Banner:
The Baltimore Banner apologizes for an op-ed against flying pride and trans flags at public buildings, hires a public editor, and is hiring an opinion editor
Todd S. Purdum / New York Times:
Allan Siegal, an assistant managing editor at The New York Times for 30 years who left a deep imprint on the newspaper's policies and practices, dies at 82
Lea Mok / Hong Kong Free Press HKFP:
Hong Kong Journalists Association President Ronson Chan wins bail to travel to the UK for a Reuters Institute fellowship, after being arrested on September 7
Discussion: The Guardian
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Jake Tapper will host CNN's 9pm show from October 10 through the week of November 8, as part of the network's programming lineup ahead of the 2022 US midterms
Manori Ravindran / Variety:
BBC Studios hires Vice Studios Global President Kate Ward to oversee its factual portfolio, spanning the BBC's Natural History, Documentary, and Science units
Discussion: Deadline
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Alistair Gray / Financial Times:
Daily Mail and General Trust CEO Paul Zwillenberg plans to step down, to be replaced by chair Jonathan Harmsworth, the great-grandson of Daily Mail's founder
Committee to Protect Journalists:
The CPJ demands that Iran release photojournalist Yalda Moaiery, who was beaten, arrested, and imprisoned for covering anti-state protests in Tehran
Margi Murphy / Bloomberg:
Microsoft President Brad Smith says the company can't “use what others might consider censorship as a tactic” regarding labeling content that seems to be false