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4:40 AM ET, September 23, 2022

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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  —  Fox Entertainment chief executive officer Charlie Collier is exiting the company and heading to Roku next month.
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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 …
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.
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 …
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.
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
Jon Lafayette / Next TV:
IMAX acquires Ontario-based SSIMWave for $21M plus a $4M potential earnout; SSIMWave uses AI to optimize video for clients including Disney, Paramount, and WBD  —  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
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
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
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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
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
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