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12:35 PM ET, March 30, 2021

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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Radio and podcasting company Entercom is rebranding itself to Audacy and retiring Radio.com  —  After more than 50 years as Entercom Communications, the radio and podcasting company is unfurling a new banner: Effective immediately, it is changing its name to Audacy. … The company's new website is audacyinc.com.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Spotify buys app developer Betty Labs, creator of Locker Room, a live social audio app where fans can talk about sports, which Spotify plans on expanding  —  The acquisition will allow creators of all kinds to host anything from debates to live concerts.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
T-Mobile to shut down TVision's three bundles of live channels at the end of April, after launching in Nov., and is instead partnering with YouTube TV and Philo  —  TVision Live, Live Plus, and Live Zone will go offline on April 29th  —  Only five months after announcing its TVision streaming service …
Axios:
Sources: Substack's latest round values the company at around $650M  —  Substack is raising $65 million in new venture capital funding that would value the company at around $650 million, Axios has learned.  Existing investor Andreessen Horowitz is leading the round.
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Felicia Sonmez / @feliciasonmez:
Felicia Sonmez says she has been told by her editors that the Washington Post is rescinding its years-long ban on her from writing about sexual misconduct  —  Hi all. I've been told by my editors that the Post is rescinding its ban. This is good news, but it's unfortunate that it had to come at such a high emotional toll, and after my distress was dismissed for years. I'm taking time to rest and process. Thank you for your support.
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Rachael Bade / Politico:
Felicia Sonmez criticized WaPo editors during a staff town hall, revealing that she is barred from writing anything about sexual misconduct or #MeToo
Luke Winkie / Nieman Lab:
Boston Globe's health and life sciences pub STAT is thriving during the pandemic, with monthly unique visitors of 23M+, up from an average of 1.5M in 2019  —  “Our Chartbeat dial went past the maximum.  It went all the way around again.”  —  2020 was one of the grimmest years for the media business on record.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
A look at Roku's experiment with original programming: acquiring shows at a fire-sale price instead of committing billions of dollars to original shows  —  Roku Sells You TV Dongles.  So Why Is It Making TV Series?  —  When Cody Heller found out Roku was buying her show “Dummy,” she was thrilled.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
ViacomCBS' BET is going digital-only in the UK on April 8 and will run on Pluto TV and Channel 5's My5 streaming platform  —  Originals ‘Celebrity Comfort Food,’ ‘Black to the Future’ and ‘We Do That’ will join the lineup as senior vp of BET International Monde Twala says: “We are committed to growing the BET brand in the U.K.”
Reveal:
Federal judge dismisses Planet Aid's four year, multimillion-dollar libel lawsuit against Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting  —  After more than four years of fighting a multimillion-dollar libel lawsuit brought by international aid group Planet Aid, Reveal from The Center …
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
Cameo, which now has 40,000 personalities, raises $100M from Vision Fund 2 and others at a $1B+ valuation, up from $300M in 2019  —  The four-year-old video platform features more than 40,000 personalities but faces increased competition, potentially from Facebook
Sebastian Pellejero / Wall Street Journal:
Dapper Labs, maker of NFT-focused NBA Top Shot, raises $305M, sources say at $2.6B valuation; investors include several pro athletes including Michael Jordan  —  Dapper Labs draws investors that include basketball legends Michael Jordan and Kevin Durant, seeking to cash in on the digital-collectibles craze
 
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Justine Calma / The Verge:
Netflix says it wants to reach net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2022, by reducing electricity use by 45%, hiring local crews, and offsetting the rest
New York Times:
Since Columbine, reporting on mass shootings in the US has evolved to focus more on victims, with journalists more cautious about the shooter's supposed motives
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
McClatchy is outsourcing page design and typesetting to Express KCS, cutting more than 26 jobs by August 15
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Lucy Campbell / The Guardian:
BBC had £880M of annual recurring savings since 2016/17, beating its target a year ahead of schedule; to cut costs, BBC Four will be focused on archived content
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Mason Slaine, who owns a 3.4% stake in Tribune, says he would commit $100M toward Bainum's Tribune bid, aiming to acquire the Orlando Sentinel and Sun Sentinel