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11:10 AM ET, March 23, 2021

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Verizon Media Group plans to rebrand most media franchises as Yahoo products and group them together on Yahoo+, a subscription platform  —  Verizon Media Group, the media division within Verizon, has 3 million people that pay for subscriptions across its portfolio of Yahoo-related products …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Study of subscriber retention techniques at 526 news organizations across the US: just 41% “make it easy” for subscribers to cancel their subscriptions online  —  Bad news for people who hate using the phone: Just 41% of U.S. news publishers “make it easy” for subscribers to cancel …
Reuters:
Cineworld, owner of Regal Cinemas, strikes multi-year deal with Warner Bros. guaranteeing a 45-day theatrical window in the US starting in 2022  —  (Reuters) - Cineworld's U.S. chain Regal will reopen next month after prolonged closures caused by the pandemic, in time for big-budget release …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Roku has formed a branded content and advertising studio, which will create commissioned short-form TV programs and interactive ads  —  Roku has formed what it says is a full-fledged branded-content and advertising studio, after inking a deal with digital comedy producer Funny Or Die to hire several FOD execs and employees.
Tom Jones / Poynter:
Interview with Katie Couric on hosting Jeopardy!, her upcoming memoir, and building a company to produce a newsletter, a podcast, and other original journalism  —  She has a daily newsletter.  She has a podcast.  She produces original journalism on her website.  Is there anything Katie Couric isn't doing?
John Koblin / New York Times:
Nielsen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show lost more than a million viewers, a decline of 43%, following Ellen's on-air apology in September  —  “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” a sturdy daytime hit, has had a steep ratings decline since the host addressed accusations by former staff members that led to firings and an internal investigation.
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Tencent Music and Warner Music to expand licensing agreement with a joint venture record label in China; Tencent became a 20% owner of Universal Music last year  —  Tencent Music Entertainment Group, part of the massive China-based Tencent media company, and Warner Music have announced …
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Eric Spinato, the head booker and senior story editor for the Fox Business Network who worked primarily with Maria Bartiromo, dies from the coronavirus  —  New York (CNN Business)Eric Spinato, the head booker and senior story editor for the Fox Business Network, died over the weekend, the network said Monday.
 
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Marcia Brown / American Prospect:
Activists say CNN aired a clip about a border crossing despite warnings it may have been staged, as outlets compete to frame the border situation as a “crisis”
Julia La Roche / Yahoo Finance:
TIME Magazine to auction three covers as NFTs including one asking “Is Fiat Dead?” and plans to add a “pay by crypto” option for its subscribers within 30 days
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
CNN lost 45% of prime-time audience in the past 5 weeks and WaPo unique visitors fell 26% from Jan. to Feb., as outlets lose audience gained during Trump years
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The controversies around Substack miss the point that it is just a tool for sovereign writers who are in control as they are paid directly by subscribers