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9:20 AM ET, September 18, 2018


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
Sources: Julie Chen to step down from CBS' The Talk but will continue to host Big Brother after CEO Les Moonves' exit amid accusations of sexual misconduct  —  Julie Chen is stepping down from “The Talk” on CBS, one week after her husband Les Moonves left the CBS Corporation under pressure.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
New York Media names Boris Kachka as book editor as it seeks to triple books coverage across properties with more coverage of audiobooks, genres, and authors  —  The best house, in my opinion, is a house where books are everywhere: not just on a single shelf in the living room …
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
Axel Springer CEO Mathias Dopfner is joining Netflix's board of directors  —  As boss of the European publishing giant, Dopfner oversees titles including Politico Europe and Germany's Bild and Die Welt.  —  Mathias Dopfner, chairman and CEO of European publishing giant Axel Springer …
Discussion: Variety
Henry Chu / Variety:
BBC Director-General Tony Hall said repeated cost-cutting and the growing might of Amazon and Netflix were endangering the UK's public broadcaster  —  BBC chief Tony Hall warned Tuesday that repeated cost-cutting and the growing might of global giants such as Netflix and Amazon were endangering …
Music Business Worldwide:
Leaked email to Dubai ad agency shows Spotify plans to launch across the Middle East and North Africa in November with a new regional headquarters in Dubai  —  Spotify's next major global move is coming soon.  —  According to a leaked email, the service plans to launch across the Middle East …
Discussion: Gulf News, Variety and RAIN News
Lloyd Grove / The Daily Beast:
Ex-ABC investigative reporter Brian Ross talks about the erroneous report on Michael Flynn which led to him leaving the network  —  Brian Ross resigned from ABC News after making an erroneous assertion about the president.  The ensuing hysteria made him feel he had been put ‘on a kind of enemies list.’
Discussion: @thedailybeast
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Warner Bros. acquires the rights to New York Times reporter Amy Chozick's memoir about being on the campaign trail with Hillary Clinton, “Chasing Hillary”  —  EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, Warner Bros. TV has acquired the rights to Amy Chozick's bestselling memoir Chasing Hillary …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Gawker's owner Bryan Goldberg plans to spend at least $5M in the first year of its relaunch, mostly on hiring editorial staff, some toward media acquisitions  —  The company is planning to hire “dozens” of writers and editors ahead of next year's relaunch, and is scouting other acquisitions
Discussion: @benmullin
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Getty Images partners with Amazon to provide images from its catalog of 200M digital pics for searches on the Echo Show and Echo Spot  —  On the heels of the Getty family regaining control of Getty Images, reportedly for about $3 billion, the company is announcing a move to expand use of its images to a wider set of eyeballs.
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: the Benioffs are paying approximately 5.76 times the operating earnings for Time Magazine, which is expected to see a 9% revenue decline this year  —  Marc and Lynne Benioff are paying roughly 5.76 times operating earnings for Time magazine, which is expected to see a 9% decline in revenue this year
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Meredith Corp. has agreed to sell Time magazine for $190M to Marc Benioff, co-founder of, and his wife, Lynne Benioff
David Streitfeld / New York Times:
Marc Benioff says he won't get involved operationally in Time, which will remain in New York, with Meredith remaining a key partner
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Violet Blue / Engadget:
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Cora Currier / The Intercept:
Internal memos from 2015, written by US AG for FBI, show how the US government can monitor journalists: high-level DOJ officials bring requests to FISA court
Hannah Frishberg / Columbia Journalism Review:
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Jesse Brown / CANADALAND:
Jesse Brown, the reporter who initially broke the Jian Ghomeshi story, says Ghomeshi's essay in The New York Review of Books is filled with inaccuracies
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