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4:50 PM ET, April 27, 2021


 Top News: 
Sara Fischer / Axios:
NPR plans to launch a podcast subscription service that will let listeners directly support their favorite podcasts and get sponsorship-free versions thereof  —  Podcasts have historically been open and freely distributed, but new subscription offerings for podcasts from Apple and Spotify aim to challenge that status quo.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify launches paid podcast subscriptions for creators in the US, at no cost to creators for two years and a 5% fee starting in spring 2023  —  Spotify today is officially rolling out paid podcast subscriptions, after first unveiling its new subscription platform at the company's “Stream On” event in February.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook rolls out a miniplayer that will allow Facebook users to stream music and podcasts from Spotify through the Facebook app on iOS or Android
Angela Fu / Poynter:
NewsGuild study of 14 unionized Gannett newsrooms finds ~$10K median wage gap between men and women and a ~$5K wage gap between POC journalists and white ones  —  The median salary for women of color was $15,727 less than the median salary for white men.  —  The median salaries of women …
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
YouTube ad revenue topped $6B in Q1, up 50% from the same quarter a year ago  —  That is up from $4 billion in the same quarter of last year, a 50 percent year-over-year growth rate.  —  YouTube continues to grow at a torrid pace, with any sign of pandemic slowdown seemingly behind it.
Epicurious says beef will no longer appear in new recipes, articles, or newsletters as well as on its homepage and Instagram feed for climate-related reasons  —  In an effort to encourage more sustainable cooking, we won't be publishing new beef recipes on Epicurious.
New York Times:
Norton takes its Philip Roth biography out of print as the author faces claims of sexual assault; Norton also vows to donate to support sex assault survivors  —  The publisher also said it would make a donation to sexual abuse organizations equal to the advance it paid Blake Bailey, the author accused of sexual assault.
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Conviva: in Q1, streaming viewing time was up 240% YoY in South America, 149% YoY in Africa, 122% YoY in Europe; Roku dominates in US but lags in other markets  —  Roku continues to rule streaming in the U.S., but is falling behind in other markets, according to a new report from streaming media intelligence company Conviva.
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
With iPhone's privacy changes, advertisers will get more ad-performance data for ads bought through Apple than via third parties, giving its ad business an edge  —  Under the iPhone maker's new rules, advertisers will get more ad-performance data for ads bought through Apple than through third parties
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Apple rolls out iOS and iPadOS 14.5 with App Tracking Transparency, which requires apps to get permission to track user activity on other apps for ad purposes
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Disney will close 18 TV channels in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong on October 1, as its rollout of Disney+ continues with a Hong Kong launch coming this year  —  Disney is to close 18 TV channels in Southeast Asia and Hong Kong as the conglomerate puts a greater emphasis on direct-to-consumer streaming.
Discussion: @richlightshed and Kidscreen
Allegra Hobbs / Study Hall:
Journalists reflect on the heavy responsibility of writing obituaries now, when some deaths are inevitably connected to the larger news story of the pandemic  —  Maureen O'Donnell, obituary writer for the Chicago Sun-Times of roughly a decade, is giving me a rundown of some of her memorable work when …
Elian Peltier / New York Times:
Two Spanish journalists have been killed in Burkina Faso while filming an anti-poaching documentary; a third journalist may have been abducted and killed too  —  The journalists were filming a documentary about anti-poaching patrol in the Western African nation when their patrol was ambushed.
Mónica Marie Zorrilla / Variety:
Early Nielsen numbers show 2021 Oscars drew 9.85M viewers, a drop of 58.3% from last year  —  The 93rd Academy Awards ceremony, broadcast live from both Union Station and the Dolby Theatre in L.A. on ABC, hit a record low.  —  Per Nielsen Live+Same Day preliminary national numbers …
New York Times:
This year's Oscars, a TV broadcast about films mostly distributed on the internet, was a celebration of diversity as nine of 20 acting nominations went to POC
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
The Journal of Quantitative Description: Digital Media, a new media research journal, launches, promising just-the-facts description, not theory or causality
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
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John Ourand / Sports Business Journal:
Turner Sports picked up NHL's second TV package as part of a deal worth up to $225M per year, after NBC pulled out of the bidding
Jack Brewster / Forbes:
Fox News apologizes for airing a graphic that baselessly suggested President Biden wanted to force Americans to eat less meat as part of his climate plan
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Kathleen Kingsbury / New York Times:
NYT says it is retiring the term “Op-Ed”; editorials will still be called editorials, but articles written by outside writers will be called “Guest Essays”
Reggie Ugwu / New York Times:
SiriusXM acquires 99% Invisible, producer of the highly successful podcast by the same name with 500M+ downloads, to become a “foundational” part of Stitcher
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Roku says anti-competitive demands from Google, including requests for preferential treatment of apps like YouTube TV, may force YouTube TV off Roku's platform