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5:50 PM ET, September 23, 2022


 Top News: 
David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR Chief News Executive Nancy Barnes announces she will leave the network in November 2022, prompted by the CEO's move to create an executive role above her  —  NPR's chief news executive, Nancy Barnes, said Friday she would be leaving the network, prompted by NPR CEO John Lansing's decision to create a new executive role above her.
David Folkenflik / @davidfolkenflik:
Memo: NPR CEO John Lansing reintroduces the chief content officer position, eliminated in 2014, to oversee NPR's news, programming, digital, and other divisions  —  NEWS ABOUT NPR: NPR's CEO, John Lansing, today announced that the network will create position of chief content officer, to oversee its news, programming, digital and other divisions. In a memo, Lansing said new exec would “chart the unified vision for all NPR content” /MORE
Discussion: @wynn_atwork
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The verdict against Project Veritas upends the organization's claims of doing undercover journalism; one Project Veritas operative pitched a voter fraud scheme  —  On Thursday evening, a jury in D.C.'s federal courthouse returned a verdict against Project Veritas in a case stemming …
Adam Goldman / New York Times:
A jury finds Project Veritas broke wiretapping laws and fraudulently misrepresented itself to Democratic political consultants; Project Veritas plans to appeal  —  The conservative group was found to have violated wiretapping laws and fraudulently misrepresented itself to a Democratic consulting firm …
Laura Wagner / Defector:
Memo: Axios encourages employees to buy and expense six copies of Smart Brevity, a new book by Axios' co-founders, post a photo on social media, and review it  —  Axios staffers received a memo on Monday suggesting several ways they could help promote a new book, Smart Brevity …
Tripp Mickle / New York Times:
Apple signs a multiyear NFL deal to have Apple Music replace Pepsi as the main sponsor for the Super Bowl halftime show; sources say the NFL was seeking ~$50M  —  Apple's pursuit of an N.F.L. media package has broadened to include a sponsorship of one of TV's most-watched events.
Nicholas Quah / Vulture:
A look at the crowded podcast market, where competition has made almost everything in the business more difficult, and some say no one is taking creative risks  —  It's been ages since the last blockbuster narrative show.  What does that mean for the medium as an art form?
Elvira Pollina / Reuters:
Italian broadcaster MediaForEurope, formerly Mediaset, joins with French billionaire Xavier Niel in an offer for a controlling stake in French broadcaster M6  —  Italian broadcaster MediaForEurope (MFEB.MI) has joined forces with French billionaire Xavier Niel to submit a non-binding offer …
Discussion: Bloomberg
Chris Willman / Variety:
Timbaland and Swizz Beatz settle a missed payments lawsuit with Triller after Triller acquired their music series Verzuz in March 2021; terms were not disclosed  —  Swizz Beatz and Timbaland have settled their lawsuit with Triller, after suing the service last month for $28 million …
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
Everyone deserves thriving local news, not just those who live in a few lucky cities and states blessed by a nearby rich person, foundation, or other entity  —  We are in the middle of a sustained, aggressive response to the huge decline in local news in America.
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Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Amazon's prohibition on alcohol ads, which extends to Prime Video, means its NFL broadcasts end the longstanding tradition of featuring ads from beer brands
Rich Iurilli / The Authors Guild:
The Authors Guild says Amazon agreed to limit ebook returns for those who have read over 10% starting soon, after complaints over returning fully read books
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Jolie Lash / The Wrap:
Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier is leaving to join Roku in October as president of Roku Media, overseeing ad sales, its ad platform business, and content
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
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
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
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