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4:25 PM ET, April 20, 2021


 Top News: 
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Apple unveils in-app subscriptions for Apple Podcasts; Apple will take 30% of revenue in the first year, and 15% in following years  —  For ad-free, early access, and bonus content  —  A monumental change is coming to Apple Podcasts' business: the company is launching subscriptions within the Apple Podcasts app.
Casey Newton / Platformer:
In an interview, Mark Zuckerberg says writers on its newsletter service will be able to keep their email lists should they decide to leave  —  CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook's big bet on creators  —  On Monday, I had a chance to talk with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg about the company's plans …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Zuckerberg says Facebook is planning a short-form audio product called Soundbites, a podcast discovery tool, and more audio products for the next 3 to 6 months
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Zuckerberg says Facebook is working with Spotify on a music integration project codenamed Project Boombox
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
Daily Mail owner files antitrust suit against Google alleging it punishes publishers in search if they don't sell enough ad space through Google's marketplace  —  Publisher says its U.K. royals coverage was played down in search results; claims it was punished for not steering sufficient ad space to Google
Connie Bruck / New Yorker:
Profile of Ari Emanuel in his quest to be a mogul, from creating Endeavor to his recent focus on investing in live events businesses  —  Hollywood's most tenacious agent tries to remake himself as a mogul.  —  On February 29, 2020, Ari Emanuel, the C.E.O. of the Endeavor company …
Adam Liptak / New York Times:
Study of 8K+ SCOTUS references to the news media in justices' opinions since 1784 finds a “marked...uptick in negative depictions of the press” in recent years  —  A comprehensive look at references to the press in justices' opinions revealed “a marked and previously undocumented uptick in negative depictions.”
Reporters Without Borders:
RSF's 2021 Press Freedom Index finds journalism is totally blocked or seriously impeded in 73 of 180 countries and constrained in 59 others; US ranks 44th  —  The 2021 World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) shows that journalism, the main vaccine against disinformation …
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Report: the rise of streaming has led to the preeminence of songs over albums yet record label royalties are over 3x larger than music publisher royalties  —  Ever since the music industry began its streaming-fueled recovery around five years ago, the songwriting and publishing communities …
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
Hulu + Live TV will add the NFL Network by August 1 as part of a multiyear deal; NFL RedZone will be available as an add-on  —  Good news for football fans.  Hulu announced that NFL Network will be coming to Hulu Live TV by August 1st, as part of a new multi-year agreement.
Netflix reports Q1 revenue of $7.16B, up 24% YoY, and 208M paid memberships, up 14% YoY but below its forecast of 210M; stock down 10%+ after hours  —  Revenue grew 24% year over year and was in line with our beginning of quarter forecast, while operating profit and margin reached all-time highs.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Morning Brew co-founder Austin Rief will replace Alex Lieberman as CEO; the outlet had $20M in revenue last year, grew staff to ~100, and has 3M subscribers  —  Morning Brew co-founder and CEO Alex Lieberman is becoming executive chairman and co-founder Austin Rief will take his place as CEO, Rief tells Axios.
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Andrew Blustein / Adweek:
The Trade Desk, Magnite, and Innovid have partnered to programmatically buy, create, and serve interactive CTV ads  —  The Trade Desk, Magnite and Innovid have teamed up to form a one-stop shop to programmatically buy, create and serve interactive CTV ads to specific households.
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Katie Robertson / New York Times:
The Village Voice returned to print in a new issue on Saturday; Brian Calle plans a print issue about four times a year, with the end goal of publishing monthly
Rachel Abrams / New York Times:
OANN fires Marty Golingan, a producer at the channel since 2016, after he said a majority of its staff don't believe the voter fraud claims that OANN aired
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Washington Post:
iHeartMedia partners with NFL on a podcast network to launch new podcasts and distribute those currently produced by the league's media division
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
A majority of 300+ editorial workers at Insider, the news site formerly called Business Insider, say they formed a union with the NewsGuild of New York
Ken Meyer / Mediaite:
Letter to MN's governor from a media group says troopers threw an Asian American CNN producer to the ground, asked if she spoke English, and sent her to jail