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10:30 PM ET, February 24, 2021

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Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
Paramount+ details: ad-supported tier at $5/mo has NFL games, CBSN, thousands of shows; ad-free tier at $10/mo adds live local news, more sports, live CBS shows  —  The rebranded, revamped and supercharged CBS All Access will launch on March 4.  —  For more than 100 years …
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Jeremy Milliner / The Streamable:
ViacomCBS says paid streaming subs for Showtime and CBS All Access climbed to 19.2M in Q4, up from 17.9M in Q3; Pluto TV hit 43M global MAUs, up from 36M in Q3  —  Ahead of the official launch of Paramount Plus, ViacomCBS announced where they stand in the world of streaming ahead of the transition.
Chaim Gartenberg / The Verge:
Paramount shortens the time between theatrical and streaming releases to 45 days for some films, including Mission: Impossible 7 and Paw Patrol: The Movie  —  As will A Quiet Place Part II and Paw Patrol: The Movie  —  Paramount is dramatically shortening the space between theatrical …
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
New York Times admits workplace issues, particularly around the treatment of Black and Latino employees, in a new report following an eight-month investigation  —  New York (CNN Business)The New York Times (NYT) is admitting its own workplace issues, particularly around the treatment of Black …
Nick Clegg / About Facebook:
Facebook defends its stance in Australia, says it invested $600M since 2018 to support the news industry and plans at least $1B more over the next three years  —  Last week, in a move that will have felt abrupt and dramatic to many, Facebook announced it was stopping the sharing of news on its service in Australia.
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CNET:
Australia passes news bargaining code that will require digital platforms like Google and Facebook to pay local media outlets and publishers for their content  —  After a tumultous month that saw Facebook pull news from its platform in protest, Australia's government agrees to make the News Media Bargaining Code law.
Christopher Warren / Crikey:
Amendments to Australia's media bargaining code will strengthen big tech and old media, with ~90% of Google money going to News Corp, Seven West Media, and Nine  —  The free money isn't enough to hurt the increasing revenues of big tech, but it is enough to hurt Australian journalism.
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Washington Post led all news organizations at the Polk Awards with four prizes; half of all Polk Awards were for reporting related to the pandemic  —  The Washington Post led all news organizations, with four prizes.  The infectious-disease reporter Helen Branswell, of Stat …
New York Magazine:
First Look Media says it didn't fire Laura Poitras but chose not to renew her contract because she had been “inactive” for 2+ years, amid a fight about layoffs  —  When Laura Poitras co-founded First Look Media with Glenn Greenwald and Jeremy Scahill in 2013, the venture had immediate prestige …
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Des Moines Register:
Des Moines Register reporter arrested while covering a protest last spring will stand trial starting March 8; she faces 30 days in jail if convicted  —  Editorial: The pending charges against a Register reporter who was arrested while covering a social justice protest last spring are a clear infringement on the freedom of the press.
 
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Alex Marquardt / CNN:
Court documents show the jets used by the killers of Jamal Khashoggi were owned by a company that had been seized about a year prior by Mohammed bin Salman
@scngguild:
[Thread] Workers at Southern California News Group, including The Orange County Register, announce a union and ask Media News Group and Alden for recognition
Anne Davies / The Guardian:
Sky News Australia is garnering millions of views spreading far-right conspiracies, which Alex Jones and others are using as “evidence” from mainstream media
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube to roll out a “supervised” account option in beta in the coming months in more than 80 countries, aimed at kids that are too old for YouTube Kids
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Hirsh Chitkara / Protocol:
Inside Chess.com's streaming success, with Twitch users watching 18.3M hours of chess content in January, nearly as much as they consumed throughout all of 2019
Theodore Schleifer / Vox:
Sources: the founder of Acronym, which backs Courier Newsroom, wants to raise $65M to push progressive local news and match the dominance of conservative media