Donald Trump fired off his latest defamation lawsuit against a news outlet on Monday, this time seeking $475 million in punitive damages from CNN over what his lawyers say was an effort to “defame the Plaintiff in the minds of its viewers and readers for the purpose of defeating him politically.” Trump’s lawsuit focuses on references made by CNN on-air figures to the “Big Lie,” or the former president’s unfounded claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him. Trump contends that the references compare him to Adolf Hitler.

CLOSING BELL

Dow Gains 765, Nasdaq Rises 240, S&P Climbs 93

Wall Street soared to best day since summer on Monday. The S&P 500's leap of 2.6% was its biggest since July, the latest swing for a scattershot market that’s been mostly falling this year on worries about a possible global recession. Wall Street's main measure of health was coming off its worst month since the coronavirus crashed markets in early 2020 and is still down nearly 23% for the year.

SCOTUS To Hear Challenge To Section 230 Protections

The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a case that challenges tech companies’ broad immunity to lawsuits over content hosted on their platforms. The case marks a new focus for the highest court to weigh in on Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act that protects platforms from being sued over most third-party content on their sites. The court will decide in the case of Gonzalez v. Google LLC whether those protections are too far-reaching when it comes to Google’s recommendations of terrorist videos.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

When NCIS Special Agents land in the crosshairs of a hitman, it will fuel CBS’ first-ever three-way crossover between NCISNCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: Hawai’iNCIS and NCIS: Hawai’i have crossed over twice thus far, including with their very recent season premieres. But NCIS: Los Angeles, which kick off its 14th season this Sunday at 10 p.m. ET, has yet to join in the fun.

Rachel Maddow is launching another new podcast series with MSNBC, this time examining the history of an 80-year-old plot to undermine democracy. The podcast will be Maddow’s first since scaling back her weeknight schedule to just Mondays. Last year, Maddow signed a new contract with NBCUniversal that included the development of new projects. The podcast, Rachel Maddow Presents: Ultra, will debut its first two episodes on Oct. 10, with further episodes on subsequent Mondays.

NATPE Files To Restructure Under Chapter 11

The association says the pandemic-related show cancellations are behind the need to reorganize. It says it plans to go ahead with its two events planned for next year in the Bahamas and Hungary.

Natalie Morales Named Correspondent At CBS News

Natalie Morales has been named a correspondent at CBS News. She starts Nov. 1 and will work on 48 HoursCBS MorningsCBS Sunday Morning and other CBS programs. Morales is a host on the CBS daytime show The Talk, and will continue in that role. She was the West Coast anchor for NBC’s Today prior to joining CBS in 2021.

FuboTV Sees Ad Sales Boost Using The Trade Desk’s Unified ID 2.0

FuboTV said that it saw ad spending on its streaming platform grow rapidly since it started using Unified ID 2.0 to make transactions on The Trade Desk’s platform. FuboTV became the first Unified ID 2.0 connected TV partner in February.

OVERNIGHTS

’60 Minutes,’ ‘The Equalizer’ Lead Sunday’s Non-NFL Fare

Pending adjustment due to late starts, 60 Minutes (8.9 million/1.0) is currently leading all non-NFL fare in both measures. The Equalizer (6.4M/0.5) returned down just a tick from its sophomore averages. East New York debuted to 4.3M and a 0.4.

COMMENTARY BY THE WASHINGTON POST

Good On The Supreme Court For Keeping Live Audio. Now It’s Time To Go Further

As the Supreme Court embarks on a new term Monday, there is at least one development that should be welcomed by observers from all ideological backgrounds. The court announced Wednesday that it will allow the public back into the room for arguments. At the same time, it will maintain its live audio feed, which began during the covid-19 pandemic. Good for the court for embracing transparency and engagement with regular Americans. Now, it’s time to make live broadcasts permanent — and consider going even further with live video.

Fandom Acquires Online Assets Of TV Guide, Metacritic And Others

Entertainment company Fandom Inc. has acquired the digital assets of TV Guide, reviews aggregator Metacritic and others from media company Red Ventures LLC, adding to a string of publishing deals in recent years. Fandom, whose parent company is backed by private-equity firm TPG Inc., operates an online forum for pop-culture buffs with user-generated content spanning videogames, movies, television, comic books and other topics.

MARKET SHARE MONDAY MEMO

Gray Launches ‘Atlanta News First’ Brand, Changes Call Letters

Last Friday, Sept. 30, the CBS affiliate in Atlanta owned by Gray went on the air branded as “Atlanta News First,” changing its call letters from WGCL to WANF. But living that brand has been going on since Gray took over the station in December 2021.

The Federal Trade Commission should strengthen rules that restrict companies from collecting children's personal data, four Democratic lawmakers say in a letter to the agency. “Threats to young people online have reached a crisis point,” Sens. Ed Markey (D-Mass.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Rep. Kathy Castor (D-Fla.) and Lori Trahan (D-Mass.) say in a letter sent last week to FTC Chair Lina Khan.

Simon Cowell’s Syco Entertainment has struck a deal worth $125 million for the securitization of the Got Talent franchise. The agreement, billed by adviser ACF as “the first of its kind” and “groundbreaking,” securitizes the intellectual property behind Got Talent, including the U.S., U.K. and international versions of the format, which is in 72 territories worldwide. In effect, production margins and fees, digital income, franchise and original content sales and sponsorship income have been pooled as securities.

Disney Networks Restored On Dish Following Handshake Agreement

Good news for Dish/Sling TV customers ahead of Monday Night Football. Disney and Dish have taken a major step towards a new carriage agreement after their dispute led to the Disney networks going dark on Dish and Sling TV at midnight on Sept. 30. “We have reached a handshake agreement with Dish/Sling TV, which properly reflects fair market value and terms for The Walt Disney Company’s unparalleled content,” Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution said in a statement Sunday night. “As a result, we are pleased to restore our portfolio of networks on a temporary basis while both parties work to finalize a new deal.”

TVN’S MEDIA JOBS

New Jobs Posted To TVNewsCheck

New jobs posted to TVNewsCheck’s Media Job Center include management and staff openings in operations and engineering, IT, digital, news, sales and maintenance support for stations owned by CBS and Nexstar in desirable locations.

Dominion Voting Systems is putting Fox News star "Judge Jeanine" Pirro back on the legal hot seat in its clash with the network in a $1.6 billion defamation suit over baseless claims of fraud in the 2020 elections. In documents filed last Thursday in a Delaware courthouse, the voting tech company explicitly identified Pirro, a former Westchester County district attorney and New York state judge, as central to its case. Its filings argue that by questioning Pirro, Dominion can meet the key legal threshold of proving Fox showed "actual malice" when it broadcast false claims the firm sought to throw the race to Joe Biden over then-President Donald Trump.

COMMENTARY BY JOE FERULLO

What Hurricane Ian Shows Us About News, Real And Manufactured

Joe Ferullo: "It’s been a horrifying natural disaster — a storm that only comes along once every 500 years — but Hurricane Ian has also triggered something else: a reminder of what our politics and media used to be before the era of endless polarization. Appreciate this while you can. Chances are it won’t last."

Terry Bradshaw, a Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback and one of the co-hosts on Fox NFL Sunday, revealed Sunday on air that he has battled cancer twice in the last year. Bradshaw had an incident during the pregame show last week and addressed them on Sunday’s episode before the rest of the schedule kicked off.

Coverage Of Concussions Is Tricky For Broadcasters

Like bruising touchdowns and highflying catches, serious injuries and specifically head injuries are staples of the football experience — and the football broadcast. So when Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa hit the turf Thursday night, suffering what appeared to be his second head injury in five days, it provided the first test of how Amazon, which is paying more than $1 billion to the NFL to broadcast Thursday night games, would handle what has become a difficult balancing act for the league’s media partners.

TVN To Simulate Attack During Cybersecurity Retreat

MOXFIVE, a specialized technical advisory firm founded to help minimize the business impact of cyber-attacks, will lead an incident response simulation at TVNewsCheck’s fourth annual cybersecurity for Broadcasters Retreat, to take place Oct. 17-18 at NAB Show NY. Michael Rogers, senior director of technical advisory services at MOXFIVE, will lead the exercise, which is designed to train participants to calmly, efficiently react to a cybersecurity attack at their companies. Register Now for CBR 2022.

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