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8:05 PM ET, September 12, 2018

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Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Memo: 60 Minutes Executive Producer Jeff Fager is leaving CBS amid allegations of inappropriate conduct; CBS News president says Fager violated company policy  —  Story alleges a darker side of ‘60 Minutes’  —  Jeff Fager, the veteran executive producer of “60 Minutes,” …
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CBS News:
Jeff Fager warned CBS correspondent Jericka Duncan in a text about reporting on claims against him: “There are people who lost their jobs trying to harm me”  —  NEW YORK — Jeff Fager, the longtime executive producer of “60 Minutes” who was fired on Wednesday …
Discussion: The Wrap, @oliverdarcy and TVWeek.com
James Vincent / The Verge:
EU Parliament approves controversial internet copyright law, including Articles 11 and 13, dubbed the “link tax” and “upload filter”  —  Key provisions were amended to reduce potential harm, but critics say vote is ‘catastrophic’  —  The European Parliament has voted …
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Nick Vivarelli / Variety:
Under the EU's new copyright directive, streaming services like Amazon and Netflix will be forced to pay higher copyright fees to filmmakers  —  The European Parliament passed a wide-ranging digital copyright directive Wednesday that will give film and TV writers and directors the possibility …
Michael Sheetz / CNBC:
Verizon says Oath CEO Tim Armstrong will depart at the end of 2018; K. Guru Gowrappan, Oath COO, will assume CEO responsibilities  —  Verizon's head of media and advertising Tim Armstrong will leave at the end of the year, the company announced Wednesday.  CNBC reported Armstrong was in talks to leave as of Sept. 7.
Linda Bloodworth Thomason / Hollywood Reporter:
TV writer Linda Bloodworth Thomason, one of CBS biggest hitmakers, claims Les Moonves blacklisted her from the network for many years  —  Linda Bloodworth Thomason, one of CBS' biggest hitmakers, reveals the disgraced mogul kept her shows off the air for seven years: “People asked me for years, ‘What happened to you?’
John Lynch / INSIDER:
Speaking at a conference on Wednesday, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said Netflix is the “Walmart” of SVOD, while HBO is “Tiffany”  —  - AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson compared HBO to Tiffany, the luxury jewelry retailer, and Netflix to Walmart at a Goldman Sachs conference on Wednesday.
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Tony Maglio / The Wrap:
AT&T Chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson said he has no concerns about the DOJ's appeal of AT&T-Time Warner merger  —  AT&T chairman and CEO Randall Stephenson brought out the big guns — or at least the big metaphors — Wednesday morning at Goldman Sachs' Communacopia conference.
Discussion: Adweek
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Curtis Ingraham, brother of Fox Primetime host Laura Ingraham, claims his sister was influenced by their father's alleged sympathy for Nazis  —  Curtis Ingraham wants people to know that his sister, the right-wing Fox News host Laura Ingraham, is the ultimate ‘hypocrite.’
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:   Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Tucker Carlson, and other major hosts to have regular roles on Fox Nation, the network's standalone streaming service expected Q4
Lacey Rose / Hollywood Reporter:
Black-ish creator Kenya Barris discusses Disney and ABC's reluctance to air an anti-Trump episode which led to him leaving for Netflix  —  The Emmy-nominated showrunner details the battle all of Hollywood has buzzed about, including the Spike Lee-narrated episode that led to his departure …
Wall Street Journal:
Scott Kauffman, CEO of ad holding company MDC Partners, will step down after board members and investors expressed concern over the company's earnings  —  Scott Kauffman exits as the ad holding company faces challenges including client cutbacks and a slowdown in new business
Discussion: Ad Age, Adweek and MediaPost
New York Times:
NBC cancelled comedian Norm Macdonald's appearance on “The Tonight Show” following comments he made defending Louis C.K., others  —  NBC canceled Norm Macdonald's appearance on “The Tonight Show” Tuesday after he made comments defending several entertainers accused of wrongdoing, including Louis C. K. and Roseanne Barr.
Seb Joseph / Digiday:
Facebook to debut new brand-safety measures, so advertisers can see where their in-stream video ads appear, including those in Watch and Instant Articles  —  Facebook is giving advertisers visibility into which publishers their ads might appear on as part of wider push for brand safety on the platform.
Alex Ritman / Hollywood Reporter:
The BBC is launching a weekly news show on Facebook Watch, “Cut Through the Noise”, in the US in late 2018, presented mainly from its DC bureau  —  ‘Cut Through the Noise’ will be the first news program on Facebook's on-demand service from a non-U.S publisher.  —  BBC News is heading to Facebook Watch.
Cale Guthrie Weissman / Fast Company:
E.W. Scripps is rebranding Midroll Media as Stitcher, adopting the name of its podcasting app for its full audio programming business  —  The podcasting ecosystem owned by E.W. Scripps is in the midst of a little family tree shakeup.  For years, the audio offshoots have been branded under Midroll Media …
Discussion: PR Newswire and RAIN News
 
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Josh Barro / @jbarro:
Senior editor Josh Barro is leaving Business Insider and says he'll announce his next step in the coming days
Sean Burch / The Wrap:
Despite its failed bid for Fox, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts says the company is still interested in making acquisitions in the video space
Discussion: Variety and Multichannel News
Ed Meza / Variety:
YouTube launches a number of new shows in Germany on its subscription service, part of its international rollout of original content
Discussion: Tubefilter
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Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Before EU's top court, the EU's executive arm joined Google in opposing expanding “right to be forgotten” beyond EU; a non-binding court opinion expected Dec 11
Dorothy Musariri / Press Gazette:
BBC Director-General Tony Hall says the corporation will cut some of its “less used” content to focus on services including news and sport
Discussion: The Drum
Melissa Rafferty / KAJ-TV:
Staff at Missoula's weekly independent newspaper, Missoula Independent, have been told the paper is being shut down by Lee Enterprises as of September 11
The Guardian:
The Guardian hires six audio journalists for a daily news and current affairs podcast, launching late 2018 and hosted by joint Political Editor Anushka Asthana