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3:40 AM ET, September 19, 2023


 Top News: 
Emily Dugan / The Guardian:
The BBC is “urgently” investigating Russell Brand's behavior while he worked on its radio shows, after allegations of rape and sexual assault from 2006 to 2013  —  Corporation says accusations span a number of years, including 2006 to 2008, when comedian worked for Radio 2
Sky News:
One of Russell Brand's accusers tells BBC Radio 4 that a chauffeur-driven BBC car took her from school to the star's house in 2006, when she was 16 years old
Matt Grobar / Deadline:
Disney says Elemental is the most watched movie premiere on Disney+ in 2023, drawing 26.4M views in its first five days, after earning $484M+ at the box office  —  Disney and Pixar announced on Monday that their animated feature Elemental, starring Leah Lewis and Mamoudou Athie …
Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Bill Maher delays resuming the production of his weekly late-night show Real Time “for now” as the WGA and the AMPTP agree to resume contract 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.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Marshall Cohen / CNN:
A Delaware judge rules that Dominion's $1.6B defamation suit against Newsmax over the network's airing of 2020 election lies will go to trial in September 2024  —  Dominion Voting Systems' $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Newsmax over the right-wing network's airing of 2020 election lies …
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
ABC will air 10 additional Monday Night Football games than previously expected this season, simulcasting them with ESPN, to boost 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.
Morwenna Ferrier / The Guardian:
Condé Nast names Chioma Nnadi as British Vogue's head of editorial content, the first Black woman to lead the magazine, as of October 9; Nnadi edits  —  Exclusive: London-born editor of Vogue's US website to become first Black female head of the fashion title
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 …
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Litmus Music, the Carlyle-backed company co-founded by former Capitol Records president Dan McCarroll, acquires Katy Perry's music rights, sources say for $225M  —  After months of rumors, Katy Perry has sold her music rights to Litmus Music, the Carlyle-backed company co-founded …
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
Dozens of New York Times sports staff and Guild members marched through the newspaper's offices on September 18 to protest the end of its standalone sports desk  —  Dozens of New York Times sports staffers and Guild members marched through the Times offices Monday afternoon to protest the end of the Times's stand-alone sports desk.
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
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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 increase revenue
Max Goldbart / Deadline:
Ofcom finds that GB News breached impartiality rules by letting two MPs from the same party host a March program, its first ruling on politicians hosting shows
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