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8:35 PM ET, September 27, 2023


 Top News: 
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Meta launches AI chatbots based on over a dozen influencers, including Snoop Dogg, MrBeast, and Charli D'Amelio, on Instagram and Facebook, and will add more  —  Meta has turned more than a dozen celebrities and influencers into robots.  —  The tech company, at the Meta Connect 2023 confab Wednesday …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
GB News suspends presenter Laurence Fox after he went on a misogynistic on-air rant about the political journalist Ava Evans; Fox refused to apologize  —  Broadcaster says it will apologise to Ava Evans about comments Fox made about her on Dan Wootton's show on Tuesday
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
After suspending Laurence Fox, GB News suspends presenter Dan Wootton over “totally unacceptable” comments Fox made about a female journalist on Wootton's show  —  GB News has suspended both Laurence Fox and Dan Wootton over “totally unacceptable” comments made by Fox …
Hollywood Reporter:
A play-by-play of the final negotiations between the WGA and the studios, represented by Bob Iger, David Zaslav, Ted Sarandos, and NBCUniversal's Donna Langley  —  From the Chris Keyser-CEO calls that brought them back to the table to the ask that almost derailed the deal, a play-by-play of the final negotiations.
Jennifer Maas / Variety:
WGA leaders lift the strike order as of 12:01am PT on September 27, release the tentative AMPTP deal, and let writers return to work before final ratification
Alex Cranz / The Verge:
The WGA contract calls for streaming data transparency, requiring studios to provide “the total number of hours streamed” of self-produced high budget programs
Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Source: National World lines up advisers for a £600M takeover bid for The Daily Telegraph, joining multiple other interested parties, including Lord Rothermere  —  David Montgomery's National World is lining up Cavendish Capital Markets and Peel Hunt to muster the firepower for a £600m takeover bid, Sky News learns.
Discussion: HoldtheFrontPage and Press Gazette
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
A profile of Kasie Hunt as she launches State of the Race, a weekday show about US politics for CNN's international service, after moving from NBC News in 2021  —  Two years later, she's just starting to find out whether she might sink or swim.  —  On Wednesday, Hunt will launch …
Discussion: Adweek and CNN
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
Warner Bros. Discovery launches CNN Max in an open beta in the US, offering a 24/7 live news streaming feed and 900 hours of CNN Originals to Max subscribers
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
In his new book, Marty Baron says Jared Kushner pressured the Washington Post publisher to fire Baron as editor over the outlet's Russia investigation coverage  —  Marty Baron says Trump's son-in-law leaned on Post publisher to withdraw support of Russia election interference investigation
Martin Baron / The Atlantic:
An excerpt from Marty Baron's upcoming book, Collision of Power: the “Democracy Dies in Darkness” slogan, Trump asking Bezos for better Post coverage, and more
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Warner Music CEO Robert Kyncl: AI will greatly impact the music industry in the next year and YouTube Content ID can be a blueprint for protecting rightsholders  —  Warner Music CEO Robert Kyncl believes AI will be significantly impacting the music industry within the next year.
Discussion: Billboard, Gizmodo and Music Ally
Matt Tamanini / The Streamable:
In a message to Canadian users, Disney+ says it updated its subscriber agreement to limit the usage of the service to a single household, effective November 1  —  The streamer is updating its subscriber agreement in Canada to limit usage to a single household.
Sara Atske / Pew Research Center:
US survey of 4,742 Black adults: 63% say news about Black people is more negative than news about other races and 43% say the coverage stereotypes Black people  —  Black Americans are critical of news coverage of Black people and say educating journalists would make coverage fairer
Hannah Murphy / Financial Times:
Linda Yaccarino reflects on her first 100 days as X's CEO, says the intense public scrutiny is “hard on me”, as sources describe her relationship with Elon Musk  —  Can the chief of the company formerly known as Twitter survive Musk's chaos and win back advertisers?
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Memo: New York Public Radio President and CEO LaFontaine Oliver plans to cut NYPR staff by ~12% due to a “free fall in the advertising market”  —  The chief executive of New York Public Radio, which operates WNYC and the classical music station WQXR, said the organization was facing a “free-fall” in advertising.
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