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10:50 AM ET, October 1, 2019

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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
BBC Director-General Tony Hall says he's overturning the decision to censure host Naga Munchetty over her response to Trump's racist comments  —  Corporation director general Tony Hall emails staff to say he is overturning ruling over impartiality guidelines
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Leaked messages show the complaint that led to BBC disciplining Naga Munchetty was also about her co-host, Dan Walker, despite the BBC saying otherwise
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook is planning to pay only about a quarter of the 200 publishers that will be featured in its news tab, set to launch as soon as the end of Oct.  —  Social-media giant plans to pay about a quarter of news organizations whose content will be featured
Juli Clover / MacRumors:
Apple News+ launches in the UK and Australia for £9.99 and AU$14.99 per month respectively, with over 150 publications on board  —  Apple News+, Apple's subscription news and magazine service, has launched for users who live in the UK and Australia, Apple announced today.
Thom Geier / The Wrap:
Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios announces a deal to buy 11 regional broadcast stations from USA Television for $290M  —  Byron Allen's Entertainment Studios on Tuesday announced a deal to acquire 11 broadcast television stations from USA Television Holdings LLC and USA Television MidAmerica Holdings LLC for $290 million.
Jeff Horwitz / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook plans to let opinion pieces and satire be exempted from its fact-checking program, preventing such content from being labeled false  —  Move follows controversy over fact-checking of posts on abortion, climate change  —  Facebook Inc. FB .55% plans to exempt opinion pieces …
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
EU top court rules that active consent is needed for non-essential cookies, like tracking cookies for targeted ads, rendering pre-checked consent boxes illegal  —  Europe's top court has ruled that pre-checked consent boxes for dropping cookies are not legally valid.
Bloomberg Law:
NLRB sues The Federalist's parent company, after the magazine's publisher tweeted in June that he would send staff “back to the salt mine” if they unionized  —  The federal government wants the publisher of conservative online magazine The Federalist to delete his apparently anti-union June 6 tweet.
Discussion: @mattdpearce and Reason
Samantha Subin / dbknews.com:
The Diamondback, the University of Maryland's 110-year-old student newspaper, is ending its print edition; it has eight times more digital than print readers  —  After 110 years in circulation, The Diamondback will cease its weekly print publication in March, the newspaper's parent company announced Monday.
Discussion: @stevenoverly
Jon Lafayette / Broadcasting & Cable:
Dish drops NBC Sports Chicago; Dish VP says, “the regional sports model has been broken for years”  —  NBC Sports Chicago has been blacked out to subscribers of Dish Network and its Sling TV streaming service.  —  Dish said that it offered to continue to carry the regional sports channel …
Reuters:
Sources: FreeWheel, Comcast's video ads division, has talked to a congressional task force and accused Google of limiting its ability to sell ads on YouTube  —  SAN FRANCISCO/NEW YORK (Reuters) - Comcast Corp (CMCSA.O), one of America's largest media and communications companies …
The Daily Beast:
Biden campaign officials write to the major networks including NBC, CBS, and CNN, demanding that they stop booking Rudy Giuliani because he “will knowingly” lie  —  In a Sunday letter, the former vice president's aides say that it is editorially irresponsible to book the president's personal lawyer.
 
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Kelsey Jukam / Courthouse News Service:
Rep. Devin Nunes is suing Ryan Lizza and Hearst Magazines for $75M alleging defamation and common law conspiracy for Lizza's article about Nunes's Iowa farm
Discussion: Law & Crime
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's Evening Standard names Mike Soutar, cofounder of Shortlist Media, as its first CEO
Steven Levy / Wired:
Dave Willner, who helped put together Facebook's content standards over a decade ago, says its exemption of politicians' hate speech is “cowardice”
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