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10:50 PM ET, September 17, 2023

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Jem Aswad / Variety:
Jann Wenner is removed from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame board after he said Black and female artists weren't as “articulate” as white ones featured in his book  —  A day after the publication of a New York Times interview in which Rolling Stone magazine founder Jann Wenner …
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David Marchese / New York Times:
Q&A with Rolling Stone co-founder Jann Wenner on interviewing his friends, boomers' legacy, and his new book, The Masters, about seven white male rock musicians  —  The co-founder of Rolling Stone magazine on the legacy of boomers and why he chose only white men for his book on rock's “masters.”
Julia Jacobs / New York Times:
Drew Barrymore pauses her daytime talk show's season premiere “until the strike is over”, after facing an onslaught of criticism over her decision  —  The host had defended restarting production on Friday despite the writers' strike, but changed course on Sunday, saying, “I have listened to everyone.”
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Elizabeth Wagmeister / Variety:
After a backlash, Drew Barrymore apologizes to writers and unions for her show returning on September 18, saying “we will be in compliance” with strike rules
Max Tani / Semafor:
Source: liberal donors like Open Society Foundation donated millions to the National Trust for Local News before the nonprofit acquired Maine newspapers in July  —  The Scoop  —  Local media in the state of Maine has emerged as an unlikely and asymmetric battlefield for big American political money.
Margaret Sullivan / The Guardian:
So far, the US press is failing to adequately emphasize the stakes of the 2024 presidential election, instead bending over backwards to be seen as nonpartisan  —  US news organizations have turned Biden's age into a scandal and continue to cover Trump as an entertaining side show
Wall Street Journal:
How Spotify and other streaming services have transformed the sound of music: songs are shorter, albums are longer, and artists collaborate more across genres  —  To succeed on Spotify and other services, songs are getting shorter, albums are getting longer, and artists are collaborating across genres.
Reuters:
DirecTV and Nexstar agree to temporarily return Nexstar's stations and cable network NewsNation to DirecTV, DirecTV Stream, and U-verse, ending a spat from July  —  DirecTV and Nexstar (NXST.O) have agreed to temporarily return the signals of the Nexstar-owned stations and national cable …
Canadian Press:
Canada-based Metroland Media Group makes its 70+ local newspapers digital-only and cuts 605 jobs, as its parent company seeks bankruptcy protection for the unit  —  Daily papers will continue to operate in print and online  —  Nordstar, the company that owns the Toronto Star and other newspapers …
 
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Uriel J. García / The Texas Tribune:
Mexican journalist Emilio Gutiérrez Soto wins the right to US asylum after a 15-year legal battle against deportation to Mexico, whose military threatened him
David Voreacos / Bloomberg:
Hedge fund Citadel founder Ken Griffin subpoenas ProPublica and five journalists for docs tied to stories on his tax returns; ProPublica vows to protect sources
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Max Goldbart / Deadline:
Sources: VFX firm DNEG told staff to take 20%+ pay cuts for seven months or agree to a 36-month loan scheme; DNEG cut ~7.5% of its London HQ workforce in July
Mediaite:
Sources: Fox News fired veteran executive John Finley on September 8 following a woman alleging he sexually harassed and stalked her; Fox settled with the woman
 

 
From Techmeme:

Nick Robins-Early / The Guardian:
Insurer Parametrix estimates that the global outage sparked by CrowdStrike's faulty update will cost US Fortune 500 companies, excluding Microsoft, $5.4B

Zac Bowden / Windows Central:
Microsoft unveils Bing generative search, which shows AI-generated answers with the sources used to create them, currently available to a small subset of users

Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
Around 500 World of Warcraft workers vote to unionize with the CWA, bringing the number of unionized US gaming employees at Microsoft to around 1,750

 
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