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8:30 PM ET, September 13, 2017


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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
During press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said she thinks Jemele Hill's criticism of Trump was a “fireable offense by ESPN”  —  Sarah Sanders: Jemele Hill comments ‘outrageous’  —  ESPN host Jemele Hill's tweet calling President Trump a “white supremacist” …
Bryan Curtis / The Ringer:
Profile of Jemele Hill and her partner, Michael Smith, the co-hosts of ESPN's SC6, as Hill faces blowback for tweeting that Trump is a white supremacist  —  The new cohost of ‘SportsCenter’ and her partner, Michael Smith, have been blamed for the network's perceived liberal bias.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
eMarketer: in 2017, a total of 22.2M U.S. adults will have cut the cord on a cable, satellite or telco TV service, up 33% YoY from 16.7M in 2016  —  Research firm eMarketer cuts TV ad-spending forecast on accelerating pay-TV declines  —  Winter is here for cable and satellite TV operators.
Tanya Dua / Business Insider:
eMarketer has lowered its TV ad spend forecast for 2017 because consumers are cord-cutting at a higher rate than previously expected  —  - People are abandoning cable TV faster than previously thought, and that's having a negative effect on TV ad spending.  — According to eMarketer's …
Max Willens / Digiday:
Apple News is experimenting with a featured video section, comprised of editor-picked content, that runs multiple times a week  —  Apple News is still in its infancy as a news platform, but it's already testing its own modest pivot to video.  —  Apple has tried out a featured video section inside …
Discussion: TechCrunch
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
The NYT is combining the Wirecutter and its sister pub, Sweethome, under the Wirecutter brand and is redesigning the site; Wirecutter's sales are up 50% YoY  —  Sales up 50% from year earlier as staff, categories expand  —  Review site and Times journalists to collaborate more often
Marisa Guthrie / Hollywood Reporter:
In an interview, Bill O'Reilly discusses the sexual harassment allegations made against him, a potential return to TV, Roger Ailes' death, and more  —  The former king of cable news enters THR's no-spin zone to discuss his exit amid harassment claims, the president's Charlottesville remarks …
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
As Spotify prepares to go public, it faces more legal issues as indie publishers make new licensing claims and others dispute earlier settlement  —  Hundreds of settlement objectors (Tom Petty, Weezer's Rivers Cuomo, Sir Anthony Hopkins, et al.), a new copyright lawsuit and a scathing reply to Spotify's recent bombshell filing.
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
How Russia is using Sputnik and RT in its information war against the West: spreading politically sensitive misinformation, challenging Western ideology, more  —  How the Kremlin built one of the most powerful information weapons of the 21st century — and why it may be impossible to stop.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook releases guidelines on ad content, prohibits monetization of violence, porn, drugs, hate, debated social issues, and other content types  —  Facebook wants content creators to earn money, but not at the expense of the family friendly social network it's built, or the integrity of its advertising clients.
Ed Caesar / Esquire:
Profile of Evening Standard EIC George Osborne, an ex-Conservative MP with little journalistic experience who's using the paper to attack political adversaries  —  No one saw it coming: in March, to the shock of his friends, the horror of his enemies and the dismay of many observers …
Lauren Johnson / Adweek:
At a conference, Jack Dorsey downplays video and emphasizes Twitter's strength as a real-time platform for information and conversation  —  Also talks about accountability with Trump's tweets  —  COLOGNE, Germany—A year ago, Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey pitched marketers on live video as being a key area of growth for the platform.
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