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9:45 AM ET, February 4, 2021


 Top News: 
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
In 2020, NYT hit 7.5M subscribers, added 2.3M digital-only subs, generating $598.3M in revenue, up 30% YoY; ad rev fell 26% YoY to $392.4M; profit hit $250.6M  —  In its fourth-quarter earnings report, The New York Times Company said 2020 was its biggest year for adding subscribers.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Daily business newsletter The Hustle, which has 1.5M+ subscribers, is being acquired by sales and marketing software company HubSpot, source says for about $27M  —  HubSpot, a publicly-traded sales and marketing software company, is acquiring The Hustle, an email newsletter and content company targeted …
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed News:
India's IT ministry orders Twitter to block the recently restored accounts of critics and The Caravan magazine, threatens Twitter staff with jail time or fines  —  India's government has threatened to punish employees at Twitter with fines and jail terms of up to seven years for restoring hundreds …
Vidya Krishnan / The Atlantic:
The latest attacks on the media in India, part of a pattern of legal cases and intimidation, make clear that freedom of the press is endangered in Modi's India  —  For the past several years, warnings have been sounded about democracy in India—whether they be about the fate of the country's minorities, its courts, its intellectuals.
The Daily Beast:
Over 150 NYT staffers sent a letter to bosses criticizing the handling of complaints that Donald McNeil Jr. used racist language on a NYT-sponsored trip  —  More than 150 employees excoriated paper brass for what they said was an insufficient response to allegations that a top reporter made racist comments on a 2019 trip with students.
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
TikTok is paying Group Nine Media's science brand, Seeker, to create videos aimed at Gen Z as part of TikTok's $50M Creative Learning Fund  —  TikTok is paying Group Nine Media's science brand, Seeker, to create original videos for young people stuck at home, as the platform's Gen Z audience continues to bloom.
Mandy Jenkins / The Compass Experiment:
McClatchy will operate Mahoning Matters and Village Media will take over The Longmont Leader, both launched via the Google-funded Compass Experiment  —  Mahoning Matters and The Longmont Leader pivoting to further sustainability  —  When we kicked off The Compass Experiment 18 months ago, we knew our mission was a tough one.
Kathryn Hopkins / WWD:
Time launches $2.99/month paywall that kicks in after four free articles, starting in US and Canada; Sports Illustrated introduced $5.99/month metered paywall  —  Time's will start at $2.99, while Sports Illustrated's digital-only subscription is priced at $5.99.
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UK's Ofcom revokes broadcasting license of China Global Television Network because the licensees didn't have editorial control over CGTN's output  —  Ofcom has today withdrawn the licence for CGTN to broadcast in the UK, after its investigation concluded that the licence is wrongfully held by Star China Media Limited.
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Spotify says it had 2.2M podcasts in Q4, up from 1.9M in Q3, 25% of total MAUs engaged with podcast content, and podcast consumption nearly doubled YoY in Q4
Washington Post:
Sean Hannity's on-air angst reflects the tumult inside Fox News, as it faces a dip in January ratings and renewed scrutiny from the Murdoch family  —  Since Donald Trump's election loss in November, Sean Hannity seems to have been working through a process, live and on camera …
Brent Lang / Variety:
Streaming services dominated nominations for the 78th Golden Globes: Netflix got a record 42 nominations across film and TV and Amazon Studios got 10  —  Streaming services dominated nominations for the 78th Golden Globe Awards, signaling a power shift in Hollywood from traditional movie studios and TV broadcasters to digital upstarts.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
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Elaine Low / Variety:
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