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2:00 PM ET, September 29, 2022


 Top News: 
Maggie Haberman's book details Trump berating George Stephanopoulos over interview questions about Russia, Murdoch revealing his successor to Trump, and more  —  Maggie Haberman's highly anticipated magnum opus on Donald Trump is less than a week away — and the book is already making waves.
Max Goldbart / Deadline:
BBC World Service plans to close some stations or make them digital-only and relocate some staff away from UK, leading to ~382 lost jobs, aiming to save £30M  —  UPDATE 03:46 a.m PT: The BBC has confirmed the relocation of some of its World Service journalists away from the UK …
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
Andrew Albanese / Publishers Weekly:
An advocacy group and 300+ authors demand publishers and trade groups stop undermining libraries, after a suit against the Internet Archive's lending program  —  A group of authors has teamed up with advocacy group Fight for the Future to publish an open letter demanding that publishers …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Substack announces new features to help newsletters increase subscribers, including a referral program, and acquires email marketing startup Yem  —  Substack has acquired Yem, a small startup that helps newsletter writers grow their email lists through email marketing campaigns, Substack co-founder Hamish McKenzie told Axios.
Discussion: Substack and On Substack
Lauren Forristal / TechCrunch:
Roku signs on to use Nielsen One, which launches in December, for four-screen measurement across desktop, mobile, CTV, and traditional TV  —  Today, Nielsen announced that Roku plans to enable four-screen measurement across desktop, mobile, connected TV, and traditional TV.
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
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.
Discussion: @lanceulanoff and Toolkits
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
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 …
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
Discussion: The Hill
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  —  This Friday's Yankees game against the Orioles will no longer be exclusively available on Amazon Prime Video, like 20 games before it …
Discussion: The Streamable and New York Post
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Dyson, Mazda, and others suspended Twitter marketing campaigns because their promoted tweets appeared alongside tweets publicly soliciting or selling child porn
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
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Lesley Goldberg / The Hollywood Reporter:
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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