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6:30 AM 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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David Folkenflik / NPR:
Ozy CEO Carlos Watson resigns as a corporate director of NPR, just before the board's governance committee had been set to meet 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.
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.
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Some former Ozy employees say they were overworked to the point of exhaustion: “They brought in very talented, motivated, excited people and just used them up”  —  New York (CNN Business)Around midnight one Saturday late last year, Eva Rodriguez, 24, had trouble breathing.
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
Brian Schwartz / CNBC:
Sharon Osbourne says Carlos Watson lied in a 2019 TV interview when he said Ozzy and Sharon invested in Ozy Media, after the Osbournes settled a trademark suit
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Ford, Airbnb, Goldman Sachs, and Target are among advertisers that froze their ad campaigns with Ozy Media
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.
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.
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  —  Streaming was supposed to help people cut the cord, but it mostly just replaced it.  —  THE MONITOR IS a weekly column devoted …
Choe Sang-Hun / New York Times:
South Korea shelves a bill banning “fake news” after outcry that it would discourage journalists from investigating corruption scandals and powerful people  —  Right groups warned that a proposed new law would discourage the media from reporting critically on powerful people.
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 …
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Hearst UK reports a pre-tax loss of £13.4M in 2020 due to COVID, 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
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
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Dominic Patten / Deadline:
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
NYT hires Lulu Garcia-Navarro, formerly host of NPR's Weekend Edition Sunday and Up Next, to anchor a new Opinion podcast
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian / Axios:
LinkedIn blocks the profiles of several US journalists on its Chinese platform, citing “prohibited content” without specifying what it was