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3:55 PM ET, September 25, 2020

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Matt Gertz / Media Matters for America:
On Thursday, major papers buried Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power as the NYT ran the story on A15, WaPo and WSJ on A4, and LAT on A6  —  President Donald Trump yesterday refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power after the November election.
Samantha Conti / WWD:
Wolfgang Blau, COO at Condé Nast and president of Condé Nast International, is stepping down after five years at the company  —  His is the latest in a string of high-profile departures from the organization, which has been consolidating its U.S. and U.K. operations.
James Queally / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles County DA declines to prosecute KPCC reporter Josie Huang, arrested and accused of interfering with an arrest the night two deputies were shot  —  A KPCC reporter who was slammed to the ground and accused of interfering with an arrest the night two Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Leaked email: Google informed its advertisers on Friday that it will block election ads referencing “the election, or its outcome” after polls close on Nov. 3  —  Google informed its advertisers Friday that it will broadly block election ads after polls close Nov. 3, according to an email obtained by Axios.
New York Times:
A judge dismissed a defamation suit against Fox News host Tucker Carlson by Karen McDougal, saying his program uses “exaggeration” and “nonliteral commentary”  —  Fox News won a legal victory on Thursday after a federal judge dismissed a defamation suit brought …
The Guardian:
Andrew Neil, who has been a BBC political interviewer and Sunday Times editor, says he is launching GB News, a TV news channel to rival BBC and Sky, next year  —  Andrew Neil is launching a 24-hour, TV channel to rival rolling news from the BBC and Sky.  —  The broadcaster will be the face …
John Hudson / Washington Post:
State Department: Trump admin rescinded award it gave to a Finnish journalist after discovering she'd criticized Trump, then gave a false reason for its actions  —  The Trump administration rescinded an award recognizing the work of a journalist from Finland last year after discovering …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Sources: Penske Media paid ~$225M for an 80% stake in PMRC, while MRC, publishers of the Hollywood Reporter will retain a ~20% stake  —  Wednesday's merger of the publishers behind two rival Hollywood magazines — The Hollywood Reporter and Variety — was billed as a joint venture.
Discussion: Flashes & Flames, The Wrap and Adweek
Mary-Katharine Phillips / What's New in Publishing:
Study: 19% of German population reads ePapers, digital replicas of print editions, of which 65.8% are under 50, and every eighth newspaper sold is an ePaper  —  Aa new report on the state of ePaper readership in Germany has been released by Die Zeitungen.  German-speakers can find the full report here.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Interview with Wattpad Studios head Aron Levitz on using AI to understand the popularity of stories that the company adapts into movies, TV shows, and books  —  Wattpad Studios head Aron Levitz and his team comb through the contributions of more than 4 million writers from around the world on the platform.
Michael Schneider / Variety:
Arif Zahir, a YouTuber with 6M+ subscribers, moves from impersonating Cleveland Brown of Family Guy on YouTube to taking over the character's voice next season  —  Arif Zahir has gone from impersonating “Family Guy's” Cleveland Brown on YouTube... to being cast as the new voice of the character on the actual show.
David Robb / Deadline:
The Future of Local News Commission Act, which would create a commission to examine effects of news deserts on US democracy, was introduced Thursday in Senate  —  Hoping to save local news outlets whose advertising revenues have plummeted during the coronavirus pandemic …
Discussion: @brianstelter and Pulitzer Center
 
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Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Ahead of US elections, YouTube says it is including info panels under videos about voting by mail, pointing viewers to a report by the Bipartisan Policy Center
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Washington City Paper:
The Washington City Paper says it's temporarily moving from a weekly to monthly print schedule, “in an effort to protect staff and salaries as best we can”
Nieman Lab:
Reuters Institute study: EU local news publishers are moving away from chasing broad reach and toward building paying audiences, changing how some use Facebook
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify and Chernin Entertainment agree to a multi-year partnership for Chernin to develop movies and TV shows based on Spotify's podcasts
Wall Street Journal:
E. W. Scripps to buy ION Media for $2.65B, roughly doubling its TV station footprint; Berkshire Hathaway will invest $600M in Scripps to help finance the deal
The Guardian:
Harold Evans, an investigative journalist for 70 years, newspaper editor, magazine founder, and book publisher, died Wednesday at 92