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4:50 PM ET, March 30, 2021


 Top News: 
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.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Radio and podcasting company Entercom is rebranding itself to Audacy and retiring  —  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
Substack Blog:
Substack raises $65M Series B led by Andreessen Horowitz  —  When we started Substack to build an alternative media economy that unlocks the full potential of the internet and gives more power to writers and readers, we didn't know if the model would work.  A lot of people told us that no one would pay for newsletters.
Sources: Substack's latest round values the company at around $650M
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.”
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
The broadcast of Derek Chauvin's trial, allowed due to intense interest and limited physical access due to COVID, reignites debate over cameras in the courtroom  —  Earlier this month—with jury selection set to begin in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the white former Minneapolis police officer …
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.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Dominion's suit against Fox News lists a torrent of disinformation and says the few stories that told the truth show that Fox knew it was spreading lies  —  Media critic  —  Back in December, Dominion Voting Systems warned Fox News and other spreaders of election-related conspiracy theories that lawsuits were imminent.
Discussion: @oliverdarcy and CNN
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  —  It plans to hit ‘net zero’ emissions by the end of 2022  —  Netflix set out goals today to limit the damage the company does to the climate.
Marcela García Globe / The Boston Globe:
By normalizing Trump's former senior adviser Stephen Miller, Politico and others are helping launder his white supremacist ideas into the mainstream  —  Journalists who normalize Trump's former senior adviser ‘are helping him launder his white supremacist ideas into the mainstream.’
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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
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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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
Federal judge dismisses Planet Aid's four year, multimillion-dollar libel lawsuit against Reveal from The Center for Investigative Reporting
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
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