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9:45 AM ET, April 15, 2021

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Hamish McKenzie / Substack Blog:
Substack announces Substack Local, a $1M initiative to help up to 30 independent writers build local subscription news outlets via a cash advance, advice, more  —  A panel of independent judges will work with Substack to select up to 30 local news writers to participate in the program.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Wall Street Journal:
Sources detail how Amazon uses its power across markets to compel companies like WarnerMedia, Viacom, and AMC Networks to accept its terms  —  A heavyweight in retail, cloud computing, digital advertising, streaming and smart speakers, the tech giant compels vendors in one market to engage with it in others
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Reuters is introducing a paywall: after registration and a free preview period, subscriptions will cost $34.99/month; it also plans to launch newsletters  —  Reuters will begin charging for access to its website as it tries to capture a slice of the digital subscription business.
Discussion: Reuters
Cassandra Garrison / Reuters:
Televisa Univision is launching its planned streaming platform in the US and Mexico next year before expanding elsewhere in Latin America and Europe  —  MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Television Univision, a newly formed Spanish media venture, will launch its planned streaming platform in the United States …
Discussion: Variety and Digital TV Europe
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Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
Univision and Mexico's Televisa unveil a $4.8B deal to merge, partly financed by a $1B Series C led by SoftBank's Latin American Fund
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Tucker Carlson used the J&J vaccine pause to suggest the US government knows that COVID-19 vaccines don't work but is purposely “not telling you that”  —  “Well, you'd hate to think that especially if you've gotten two shots but what's the other potential explanation?
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
In TikTok's first-ever funding of an episodic series by a publisher, the company is backing VIRAL from NowThis, featuring health experts and a live pandemic Q&A  —  TikTok is taking another step towards directly funding publishers' content with today's announcement that it's financially backing …
Discussion: MediaPost
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Disney confirms that Kim Godwin will be the next president of ABC News, taking over the role most recently held by James Goldston  —  Kim Godwin, a veteran of local and national TV-news operations, will be the next president of ABC News — and the first Black executive to run a broadcast-network news operation.
Max Willens / Digiday:
The New York Post says it is testing a personalized shopping widget after its affiliate commerce revenues grew 94% YoY in 2020  —  The New York Post is one of many publishers that's recently learned its audience trusts their shopping recommendations.  It's trying to get more mileage …
Jim Prosser / Medium:
Shifts driving a16z and others to start their own media: business has more trust than press, consumption changes devalue news orgs, PR reps outnumber reporters  —  Earlier this year, venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz set off a shockwave through the technology, tech investing …
 
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Karlene Lukovitz / MediaPost:
Ampere Analysis: there were nearly 340M subscriptions to streaming services in the US in Q1, with the average consumer reporting subscribing to 4+ services
VICE:
Vice apologizes for publishing doctored images of Khmer Rouge victims and says it has removed the article because it does not meet its editorial standards
New York Times:
Hundreds of executives and companies, including Netflix, ViacomCBS, Apple, and Amazon, sign a statement opposing “any discriminatory legislation” around voting
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Radio Free Asia:
China puts US-based Radio Free Asia journalist Gulchehra Hoja on international terror wanted list for reporting on the Uyghur concentration camps
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Plex raises $50M+ Series C from existing investor Intercap, bringing its total raised to $60M, and says it has more than 25M registered users globally
Andrew Hutchinson / Social Media Today:
Report: in pitch decks submitted to US advertisers about new ad formats, TikTok says it has 732M MAUs globally, 100M+ in the US, 59% of its users are under 24