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3:00 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 or make some stations digital-only and relocate some staff away from the UK, leading to ~382 jobs lost, as part of a £30M cut  —  UPDATE 03:46 a.m PT: The BBC has confirmed the relocation of some of its World Service journalists away from the UK …
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
Lauren Forristal / TechCrunch:
Roku signs up to use Nielsen One, which launches in December 2022, for four-screen measurement across desktop, mobile, connected TV, and traditional TV  —  Today, Nielsen announced that Roku plans to enable four-screen measurement across desktop, mobile, connected TV, and traditional TV.
Andrew Albanese / Publishers Weekly:
An advocacy group and 300+ authors demand publishers and trade groups stop undermining libraries, after a lawsuit 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 …
Aisha Majid / Press Gazette:
Mather Economics: the number of local US outlet digital subscribers will pass print subscribers in 2023; print and digital revenue was split 85%-15% in May 2022  —  Digital subscriptions are providing some glimmers of light for under -pressure local news publishers in the US.
Discussion: @kitson, @lanceulanoff and Toolkits
Brent Lang / Variety:
PE firm Centricus buys a majority stake in SK Global Entertainment, the Crazy Rich Asians production company; source: the deal is in the low-to-mid nine figures  —  Centricus has acquired a majority stake in SK Global Entertainment, the independent film and television production and finance company behind “Crazy Rich Asians.”
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 …
Ryan Gajewski / The Hollywood Reporter:
CBS, ABC, NBC, CNN, NPR, The New York Times, Frontline PBS, Vice, ESPN, Al Jazeera, 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: Deadline and Variety
Dustin Volz / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Joe Biden hasn't declassified a full US intelligence report on Jamal Khashoggi's murder, despite a government panel recommending its public release  —  Government declassification board found assessment should be released to public in its entirety  —  President Biden hasn't declassified …
Discussion: The Hill and @dnvolz
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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
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
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
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David Pierce / The Verge:
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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