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4:50 PM ET, September 24, 2022

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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.
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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
Discussion: @wynn_atwork
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 …
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 …
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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
Mark Schilling / Variety:
A look at A4C, a nonprofit working on ingrained film industry problems in Japan, like the lack of support for arthouse movies and pervasive sexual harassment  —  For many in the industry, particularly those in the indie sector, hours are horrendous, contracts are non-existent and sexual …
Cecilia D'Anastasio / Bloomberg:
An internal letter shows Twitch SVP of Global Creators Constance Knight resigned on the same day the company announced revenue sharing changes for top creators  —  The senior vice president of global creators at Twitch told employees she is leaving the company on the same day it announced changes …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Netflix has started licensing comedy specials from some comedians for two years for ~$200K, rather than buying them outright, to cut costs  —  Streaming company to pay about $200,000 in two-year licensing pacts, instead of making more costly outright buys; comedians face higher production costs
CNN:
CNN says Nicaragua took CNN en Español off the air shortly after 10PM on Wednesday without explanation, but its website remains up, amid a government crackdown  —  The government of Nicaragua abruptly took CNN en Español off the air this week, shortly after 10 p.m. local time on Wednesday.
Elvira Pollina / Reuters:
Sources: Italian broadcaster MediaForEurope, formerly Mediaset, joins with French billionaire Xavier Niel to bid for a controlling stake in French TV company M6  —  Italian broadcaster MediaForEurope (MFEB.MI) has joined forces with French billionaire Xavier Niel to submit a non-binding offer …
Discussion: Bloomberg
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?
 
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Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
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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
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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
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
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