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2:45 PM ET, September 18, 2023

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Emily Dugan / The Guardian:
The BBC “urgently” investigates Russell Brand's behavior while working on BBC radio shows, after allegations of rape and sexual assault spanning 2006 to 2013  —  Corporation says accusations span a number of years, including 2006 to 2008, when comedian worked for Radio 2
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Sky News:
One of Russell Brand's accusers tells BBC Radio 4 that a chauffer-driven BBC car took her from school to the star's house in 2006 when she was 16 years old
Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Bill Maher delays resuming production on his weekly late-night show “for now” as the WGA and the AMPTP agree to resume labor negotiations  —  The comedian says he'll delay the HBO show's return “for now” as negotiations between striking writers and media companies are set to begin again.
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.
Morwenna Ferrier / The Guardian:
Condé Nast names Chioma Nnadi as its new head of editorial content at British Vogue, the first Black woman to lead the magazine; Nnadi currently edits Vogue.com  —  Exclusive: London-born editor of Vogue's US website to become first Black female head of the fashion title
Reuters:
Putin signs a decree transferring publishing assets controlled by Nobel Peace Prize-winning Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov to “temporary state management”  —  Russian President Vladimir Putin has transferred publishing assets controlled by Nobel Prize-winning Russian journalist Dmitry Muratov …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
ABC will air ten additional Monday Night Football games than previously expected this season, simulcasting them with ESPN, to help its strike-hampered schedule  —  “Monday Night Football” was for many years a staple of ABC's Monday-night line-up before it moved to ESPN in 2006.  This fall, it will be so again.
Daniel Thomas / Financial Times:
BBC Studios, the broadcaster's commercial arm, plans to relaunch its ad-supported international news website ahead of the 2024 US elections, to boost revenue  —  Rollout will start in US ahead of presidential elections as UK public broadcaster looks to boost advertising revenues
Bloomberg:
Sources: Disney has held preliminary talks with potential buyers like Reliance Industries for its Indian assets, including Disney Star and Disney+ Hotstar  —  - US giant weighs unit sale, piecemeal deal involving sports  — Disney mulled strategic options after losing IPL streaming
Discussion: The Streamable and @aagave
Barry Svrluga / Washington Post:
As The New York Times shuts down its sports section, an ode to newspaper sports pages, where a city's teams and stars were evaluated, analyzed, and discussed  —  If it seems odd for a sports columnist at one major metropolitan newspaper to lament the shuttering of the sports section …
 
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Rachel Metz / Bloomberg:
AI writing startup Writer, used by L'Oréal, Spotify, and Uber to create digital marketing campaigns, raised $100M led by Iconiq Growth at a $500M+ valuation
Max Goldbart / Deadline:
Ofcom finds that GB News breached impartiality rules on a program presented by two sitting MPs from one party, its first ruling on having politicians host shows
Hannah Natanson / Washington Post:
How the 146-year-old ALA, which provides training and tools to most of the 123K libraries in the US, has been pulled into a culture war by the right
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
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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
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
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
Jem Aswad / Variety:
The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's board removes Jann Wenner after he said Black and female artists “didn't articulate at the level” of the white ones in his book
 

 
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David Weston / The Official Microsoft Blog:
Microsoft estimates that CrowdStrike's update affected 8.5M Windows devices, or less than 1% of all Windows machines

Steven Levy / Wired:
A look at Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz's self-interested Trump support, including the “final straw”, a Biden proposal to tax unrealized capital gains at 25%

Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Indian crypto exchange WazirX has “temporarily” paused trading activities days after it suspended customer withdrawals after losing ~$230M in a security breach

 
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