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2:05 PM ET, September 29, 2019

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Nicholas Bogel-Burroughs / New York Times:
How a 20-year-old junior at Arizona State University broke the news of the resignation of Trump's special envoy to Ukraine, in the school's student newspaper  —  An editor at Arizona State University's student newspaper beat everyone else to the news that Kurt Volker had stepped down.
The Guardian:
BBC faces a growing backlash for censuring presenter Naga Munchetty for her response to racism; Ofcom to review her words against its own broadcasting code  —  Corporation faces staff revolt over response to presenter's Donald Trump remarks  —  The BBC is facing a growing crisis over its decision …
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
BBC defends Munchetty censure, saying it applied to her discussion of Trump's motivations for his racist comments, though she didn't directly call him racist
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
AT&T's John Stankey says DirecTV is rethinking its exclusive deal for NFL's Sunday Ticket package, which ends in 2022; sources: DirecTV loses $500M+/year on it  —  AT&T executive questions growth potential of football package; says the longtime cornerstone could be ‘less critical to the business over time’
Greg Dool / Folio:
Interview with New York magazine EIC David Haskell, on the acquisition by Vox Media, which surprised many staffers, his first six months as EIC, and more  —  David Haskell on the Vox sale, succeeding Adam Moss and prioritizing journalism in a time of change.
Discussion: bookforum.com
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
The Financial Times has closed a WhatsApp group through which it shared one free story about markets per day, both to subscribers and non-subscribers  —  The Financial Times has closed its Whatsapp group through which it shared one free markets story per day with individuals who had signed up.
Discussion: @niemanlab
Joe Otterson / Variety:
ICM Partners COO Justin Dearborn and HR Chief Cindy Ballard resigned from the talent agency this week, will remain onboard through the end of the year  —  Two top executives are out at ICM Partners.  —  Chief operating officer Justin Dearborn and chief human resources officer Cindy Ballard are leaving …
Discussion: The Wrap
Carol Hunter / Des Moines Register:
Des Moines Register to reexamine how it reports on backgrounds of subjects after backlash due to profile of viral fundraiser that mentioned his offensive tweets  —  We took appropriate action because there is nothing more important in journalism than having readers' trust.  —  CONNECT
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Pro-Trump media builds its own version of the narrative on Ukraine and impeachment, omitting facts and painting mainstream media as evil and corrupt  —  The pro-Trump media has wasted no time constructing their own version of events about Ukraine.  —  Mark Levin, the talk radio host …
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
Locast files countersuit against ABC, NBC, CBS, and Fox, saying its service complies with copyright law and alleging collusion to chill its business  —  Locast, a little-known nonprofit behind a free streaming service, sued ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox on Friday, alleging that the television networks colluded …
 
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