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11:20 AM ET, October 7, 2022


 Top News: 
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Publications owned by Alden Global Capital plan to stop endorsing US candidates in presidential, senate, and gubernatorial elections in their opinion pages  —  The change will be announced in an editorial set to run in the company's newspapers as early as Friday.
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Report: if Canada passes its Online News Act, digital platforms could be forced to pay ~CA$329.2M per year to news publishers, covering ~30% of editorial costs  —  Google and Facebook could be forced to pay out CA$329.2m a year to Canada's news publishers after the country passes its Online News Act …
Angela Fu / Poynter:
About 80 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette staff in production and advertising went on strike after losing health insurance; NewsGuild members are withholding bylines  —  Roughly 80 staff members are on strike after losing their health coverage.  Journalists at the paper are holding a byline strike in solidarity.
Sources: ESPN is nearing a large new partnership with DraftKings, the sports-betting company in which Disney has had a stake since 2019  —  Walt Disney Co.'s ESPN is nearing a large new partnership with sports-betting firm DraftKings Inc., according to people familiar with the matter.
Rob Salkowitz / Publishers Weekly:
Whatnot, a marketplace focused on collector communities, announces a deal with Heavy Metal to publish nearly a dozen upcoming titles starting in early 2023  —  Whatnot, a startup ecommerce platform built around live-selling and collector communities, is expanding its reach into publishing …
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
An interview with Axios CEO Jim VandeHei on selling to Cox, inspiring journalists-entrepreneurs to create The Information and Puck, “smart brevity”, and more  —  Over nearly six years, Axios has demonstrated that start-ups grounded in quality journalism can make serious money in the digital world.
Discussion: Media Voices
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Pew: 6% of US adults regularly get news on BitChute, Gab, Gettr, Parler, Rumble, Telegram, or Truth Social, but no one site drew over 2% of those seeking news  —  The appeal of platforms like Parler, Truth Social and Telegram is another symptom of the partisan divide in media, according to the Pew Research Center.
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Philo, a live TV streaming service offering 60+ channels for $25/month, rolls out the first version of its app for Samsung smart TV models released since 2018  —  Philo, the skinny bundle streamer that includes more than 60 popular television channels for $25 per month, is becoming more accessible for Smart TV users.
Discussion: Philo Blog, Fierce Video and Next TV
Blake Brittain / Reuters:
Shopify settles a lawsuit with five major education publishers that claimed the platform ignored notices of users selling pirated textbooks and other materials  —  Shopify Inc has settled allegations by a group of major educational publishers that the Canadian e-commerce company enables piracy …
Sources: the Kremlin told some state media to start admitting failings in the Ukraine invasion, worried that its upbeat propaganda was fueling people's doubts  —  With its troops losing ground almost daily, the Kremlin has told some of its state media to start admitting some of the failings …
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Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Brookfield Asset Management acquires a significant minority interest in publisher Primary Wave Music and commits $1.7B toward buying top acts' music rights
Taylor Lorenz / Washington Post:
Former reality TV star Bethenny Frankel sues TikTok, saying the platform failed to crack down on scam ads that used her videos to promote counterfeit products
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Spotify cancels 11 original podcasts out of ~500 shows, aiming to focus on the biggest hits; source: ~5% of its podcasting staff will be laid off or reassigned
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Paramount programming executive David Nevins plans to leave at the end of 2022; the former Showtime CEO also held top positions at CBS, Viacom, and Paramount+
K.J. Yossman / Variety:
Prince Harry, Elton John, and others sue the Daily Mail publisher Associated Newspapers for allegedly hiring people to bug homes, access bank accounts, and more
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Chicago Sun Times:
The Chicago Sun-Times, which became a nonprofit newsroom in January 2022, drops its paywall and launches a donation-based digital membership program
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
How media outlets harvest social media users' newsworthy images from natural disasters and more; Reuters has a Twitter account dedicated to pursuing photos