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2:55 PM ET, March 8, 2021


 Top News: 
Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
Nielsen: 17.1M viewers tuned in for the Oprah interview; CBS reportedly paid Oprah's Harpo Productions a licensing fee of between $7M and $9M for the special  —  - Around 17.1 million people tuned in for Oprah Winfrey's Sunday night interview with Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on CBS, according to preliminary Nielsen data.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
During her Meghan and Harry interview, Oprah delivered a master class for journalists on how to use follow-up questions to clarify and nail down the news  —  Gayle King used the word “perfection” to describe the royal interview heard round the world Sunday night.
Molly Blackall / The Guardian:
Four Royal commentators, including CNN's Victoria Arbiter, gave interviews to YouTube pranksters about Meghan Markle's Oprah interview before having seen it
William Morris / Des Moines Register:
Trial begins for Des Moines Register reporter Andrea Sahouri on charges stemming from her coverage of a protest against racial injustice last spring  —  An Iowa journalist faces trial starting today on charges stemming from her coverage of a protest against racial injustice …
Reuters Institute:
Survey of 240 major news outlets in 12 markets: 24% of the 178 top editors are women, up from 22% in 2020; no major Japanese outlets had women as top editors  —  In this Reuters Institute's factsheet we analyse the gender breakdown of top editors in a strategic sample of 240 major online …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Information launches five newsletters, spanning topics like finance and tech, and formalizes existing newsletters  —  The Information is launching five new email newsletters beginning Monday, spanning topics around business, finance and tech.  —  Details: The first two new topic-specific newsletters …
Discussion: Talking Biz News and @sarafischer
SimilarWeb: nearly every big US news site saw its traffic drop by more than 20% from January to February, with interest in politics coverage down 28%  —  Nearly halfway through President Biden's first 100 days, data shows that Americans are learning to wean themselves off of news — and especially politics.
Washington Post:
Editorial Board: Biden should have already given a press conference by now, as his 15 most recent predecessors held one within their first 33 days in office  —  Opinion by Editorial Board  —  WHITE HOUSE press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that President Biden would hold a news conference “before the end of the month.”
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Months after Nexstar debuted an “unbiased” NewsNation, ratings are abysmal and staff say they fear it's becoming a “mini Fox News” with Bill Shine's involvement  —  Two top editors at the channel's new prime-time newscast resigned amid staff complaints of a right-wing tilt …
UK's ITN appoints Deborah Turness, currently president of NBC News International, as its new CEO  —  Deborah Turness will be joining ITN as its Chief Executive Officer from NBC News International where she is president.  —  Deborah became the first president of NBC News International …
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
Sony Pictures Entertainment names Ravi Ahuja its Global TV Studios chairman; Ahuja most recently served as President of Walt Disney Television  —  Sony Pictures Entertainment has named Ravi Ahuja its Global TV Studios chairman.  —  Ahuja's full title will be chairman of Global Television Studios …
Discussion: Variety and Hollywood Reporter
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
UK streaming service BritBox says it will launch on Amazon Prime Video Channels this spring  —  The streamer from ITV and BBC will join the Amazon lineup, which features more than 70 channels in the U.K., this spring.  —  BritBox U.K., the streaming service joint venture of ITV and the BBC …
Shira Ovide / New York Times:
Live NFL games and other sports are key for conventional TV companies' ability to draw viewers to their streaming services  —  To glimpse the future of entertainment on the internet, pay attention to where we can watch football. … Sports, especially the National Football League …
Discussion: @edmundlee and @michellemanafy
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Ofcom fines Chinese state broadcaster CGTN a total of £225K for biased Hong Kong protest coverage and airing forced confessions from a former British journalist
Discussion: Financial Times
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
FT's The Banker appoints Joy Macknight as editor, the monthly magazine's first female editor in its 95-year history
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Alan Rusbridger / The Guardian:
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BuzzFeed News:
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