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2:25 PM ET, September 23, 2022


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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.
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 …
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?
Laura Wagner / Defector:
In a memo, Axios encourages staffers to promote Smart Brevity, a new book by its co-founders, including buying six copies and expensing the cost to Axios  —  Axios staffers received a memo on Monday suggesting several ways they could help promote a new book, Smart Brevity …
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.
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 …
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
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.
David Folkenflik / @davidfolkenflik:
Memo: NPR CEO announces the reintroduction of the chief content officer position, eliminated in 2014, to oversee 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
France plans to impose a minimum €3 delivery fee for online book orders under €35 to help independent bookstores compete with big sellers like Amazon and Fnac  —  France plans to impose a minimum delivery fee of 3 euros ($2.93) for online book orders of less than 35 euros to level …
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  —  The Authors Guild is proud to report that our discussions with Amazon's senior executive team concerning the platform's policy …
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
The British Film Institute unveils a National Lottery Strategy for 2023-2033, including spending £136M over the first three years, and plans for a BFI+ streamer  —  The British Film Institute (BFI), the U.K.'s lead organization for film and the moving image, has set out a new …
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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
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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
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