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6:15 PM ET, October 2, 2021


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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Ozy Media says it is shutting down, after coming under scrutiny for its business practices in recent days  —  The digital media start-up had come under scrutiny for its business practices in recent days following articles in The Times.  — Read in app
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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Ozy built a TV interview show for CEO Carlos Watson based on false claims it was for A&E and that it would then be a YouTube Original, its ex-producer says  —  Producers say they were led to believe they were making a talk show for A&E, which said no to the program.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Ozy CEO Carlos Watson resigns as a corporate director of NPR, just before the board's governance committee meeting to weigh his future with NPR  —  Carlos Watson resigned as a corporate director of NPR on Friday after the spectacular public meltdown of the digital media company that he leads and co-founded.
Axel Springer says it gave up its Ozy board seat after investing $300K in its Series C in 2019, but Ozy listed Axel's rep as a director in a July 2021 filing  —  Good people quit good jobs to join Ozy Media.  They believed in its mission, its leadership and its potential for wealth creation.
Ozy Media chairman Marc Lasry resigns and steps down from Ozy's board, saying he lacks expertise in crisis management and investigations; he remains an investor
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube TV and NBCUniversal renew their carriage deal; the price of YouTube TV will remain the same and Peacock Premium will not be bundled with the service  —  YouTube TV said the price of the internet-television package will remain the same.  In reaching the carriage renewal …
Angela Watercutter / Wired:
The dustup between YouTube TV and NBCUniversal serves as a harbinger that bundling and contract disputes for streaming could be similar to cable TV disputes
Sebastian Murdock / HuffPost:
Judge issues default judgments against Alex Jones in two Sandy Hook cases for routinely failing to comply with requests, making him liable for all damages  —  A judge issued default judgments — a rarity in the legal world — against Jones and Infowars after the conspiracy theorist failed to produce discovery records.
Kim Cross / Nieman Storyboard:
Q&A with The Atlantic's Ed Yong on interviewing sources that range from top scientists to the hands-on nurse in a hospital during the pandemic  —  Pulitzer Prize winner Ed Yong of The Atlantic takes the same open approach with COVID scientists and frontline nurses
Joyce Lee / Reuters:
South Korean ISP sues Netflix over costs for traffic surge from hit shows, after a court said Netflix should “reasonably” pay ISPs for network usage  —  South Korean Internet service provider SK Broadband has sued Netflix (NFLX.O) to pay for costs from increased network traffic …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Substack is launching paid month-long stints for “writers in residence”, putting a spotlight on a new Substack user as they build their newsletter  —  Substack is launching a “Writer in Residence” program that will spotlight one new creator throughout their journey in building a Substack for one month.
Josef Adalian / Vulture:
South Korean show Squid Game, topping Netflix charts in 90 countries, vindicates Netflix's strategy of creating franchises using content from around the world  —  At your service.  —  This story also ran in Buffering, Vulture's newsletter about the streaming industry.  Head to and subscribe today!
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
An in-depth look at Google's News Showcase deals; sources: Australian outlets got better offers than outlets in other countries due to political pressure  —  It is one year this week since Google launched News Showcase, an aggregation service with a $1bn budget to spend with the global journalism industry.
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Hearst UK reports a pre-tax loss of £13.4M in 2020 due to COVID-19, has laid off up to a fifth of its staff in 2021, and shut down Town & Country UK
Keith Zhai / Wall Street Journal:
Chinese citizen journalist Chen Qiushi, whose videos showed Wuhan at the outset of the COVID outbreak, reappears more than 600 days after going missing
Allison Schiff / AdExchanger:
Facebook to update pre-campaign audience estimates to be less specific, showing a range instead of a number, after backlash for overestimating audience numbers
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Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Clubhouse announces several features, including Clips, letting listeners snip 30 seconds of audio, and Replay, which lets hosts record a room
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Scarlett Johansson and Disney settle the lawsuit over her pay for Black Widow, released on Disney+ at the same time as in theaters; source: deal is worth $40M+