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9:40 AM ET, September 29, 2022


 Top News: 
Sources: in a WBD town hall, CEO David Zaslav denied rumors of a merger or a sale: “We are not for sale, absolutely, not for sale”; rumors point to Comcast  —  The top brass at Warner Bros Discovery held a company-wide town hall Wednesday over Zoom in which they laid out the current state …
Emily Langer / Washington Post:
Bill Plante, who covered the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War, and four presidencies as a CBS News correspondent for more than half a century, dies at 84  —  He became a fixture of American television sets, covering the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War and four presidencies
The Daily Beast:
Sources: CNN laid off the last remaining CNN+ employees, around 20 people, on September 28, a few days after laying off eight staff from CNN's audio division  —  Five months after the network axed its much-hyped but short-lived streamer, it gave pink slips to the remaining staffers on the failed endeavor.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Lionsgate rebrands its international streaming service StarzPlay as Lionsgate+; SEC filing: the company is exploring spinning off its studio business, not Starz  —  Lionsgate is now looking at spinning off its studio business — rather than kicking out the Starz premium network and streaming business.
Lesley Goldberg / The Hollywood Reporter:
Epix plans to rebrand as MGM+ on January 15, 2023; Epix 2 will become MGM+ Hits, Epix Hits will become MGM+ Marquee, and Epix Drive-In will become MGM+ Drive-In  —  The linear network as well as its streaming offering will be rebranded starting in January.  —  Epix is joining ABC Family …
Dyson, Mazda, and others suspended Twitter marketing campaigns because their promoted tweets appeared alongside tweets publicly soliciting or selling child porn  —  Some major advertisers including Dyson, Mazda and chemicals company Ecolab have suspended their marketing campaigns or removed …
Aisha Majid / Press Gazette:
Report: the number of digital subscribers to local US outlets will pass print subscribers in 2023; revenue split of print and digital subs was 85%-15% in May  —  Digital subscriptions are providing some glimmers of light for under -pressure local news publishers in the US.
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
Google unveils search results with machine-translated news, coming in early 2023, and a “Discussions and forums” section, rolling out now on mobile in the US  —  At Search On 2022, Google announced that “Discussions and forums” will be getting their own sections in results …
Ryan Gajewski / The Hollywood Reporter:
CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, The New York Times, Frontline PBS, Vice, and others took home awards at the 43rd News and Documentary Emmy Awards  —  The first night of the 43rd annual News and Documentary Emmy Awards, honoring the winners in the News categories, was held Wednesday in New York City.
Discussion: Variety and Deadline
Richard Lawler / The Verge:
Fast Company took its website offline after a hacker used its Apple News account to send two obscene push notifications; Apple disabled the outlet's channel  —  It's been a little while since we had a high-profile media feed hijacking, but tonight someone sent an Apple News notification …
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Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
YES says the Yankees-Orioles game will not be a Prime exclusive and will air on its network as well, unlike the previous 20 games; Amazon has a 15% stake in YES
Discussion: New York Post and MediaPost
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon updates its Fire TV lineup with a new $140 Fire TV Cube media player, Fire TV Omni QLED Series starting at $800, and a new $35 Alexa Voice Remote Pro
David Pierce / The Verge:
Amazon unveils the $340 Kindle Scribe, an Oasis-like device for reading and writing with a 10.2" E Ink display and two stylus options, available to preorder
 Earlier Picks: 
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
The Times names Tony Gallagher, its deputy editor since 2020, as its new editor, replacing John Witherow, who stood down to become Times Newspapers chairman
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
A profile of Creative Artists Agency co-chairman Bryan Lourd, who Ted Sarandos and other executives say has become one of the most powerful people in Hollywood
Josh Dickey / The Wrap:
A pension fund and Warner Bros. Discovery shareholder sues the company, saying Warner Bros. inflated HBO Max subscribers by up to 10M amid the Discovery merger
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