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3:50 PM ET, November 24, 2021


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Choire Sicha / New York Magazine:
Former NYT exec says Wirecutter employees were treated as second-class citizens at NYT, with a lower pay scale and some NYT staff openly sneering at their work  —  In October 2016, Wirecutter, a scrappy website that uses journalism to help people make purchases, was five years old.
Wirecutter union announces a strike from Thanksgiving through Cyber Monday, citing management's refusal to negotiate
Steve Waldman / Washington Monthly:
DOJ blocking the S&S and Penguin mega-merger because it would reduce diversity of voices suggests it could take a similar approach to Alden's acquisition of Lee  —  How stronger antitrust enforcement and the Build Back Better bill can help to save the newspaper business.
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Disney, ViacomCBS, and others are offering steep discounts this week amid slowing subscriber growth, with one year of Hulu available for 99 cents per month  —  Hulu, Peacock, Paramount+ and Discovery+ are among the services offering steep discounts this week to entice new subscribers.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Since last year, Stat's revenue is up 40%, with subscription revenue up 24%, ad revenue up 51%, and events up 79%, and its headcount is up from ~50 to ~80  —  STAT had a banner year in 2020, and executives say they expect continued growth for the foreseeable future.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
HBO Max will share the rights to half of 20th Century Studios' films with Disney+ and Hulu in 2022, after which they will be exclusive to Disney  —  HBO Max will get its hands on Fox's film slate for one final year — under an unusual deal to share streaming windows with Disney Plus and Hulu …
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Alan Leveritt / New York Times:
Arkansas Times' publisher explains why his paper sued Arkansas for violating the First Amendment with a law forcing contractors to sign a pledge favoring Israel  —  Mr. Leveritt is the founder and publisher of The Arkansas Times.  His lawsuit against Arkansas's anti-boycott law is being reviewed …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
BBC says its international News services now reach 456M people weekly, up 4% YoY; BBC World Service reaches 364M people, up 13M in a year  —  International BBC News services now reach 456m people every week, the corporation said on Wednesday.  —  This is an increase of 18m, or 4%, from 2019/20.
A NY judge extends a ban keeping NYT from publishing some materials about Project Veritas, at least until December 1, despite precedent against prior restraint  —  A New York trial judge on Tuesday extended a ban keeping the New York Times from publishing some materials concerning …
Casey Newton / Platformer:
Startups like Royal, which helps musicians create and sell NFTs, could potentially upend predatory record deals and further shift power to artists and fans  —  Royal's Justin Blau and Paradigm's Fred Ehrsam on how selling royalties directly to fans could end predatory record deals
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Nine months in, Biden has done about a dozen one-on-one interviews with major outlets vs. 50+ for Trump and 100+ for Obama in the same period of their tenures  —  So far in his tenure, the president has given far fewer one-on-one interviews than his two predecessors.
Ernesto Van der Sar / TorrentFreak:
In a case brought by two publishing and movie industry groups, a Portuguese court ordered Telegram to block 17 channels offering pirated movies and newspapers  —  A Portuguese court has ordered the messaging app Telegram to block access to more than a dozen piracy-related channels with millions of members in total.
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Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
Starting with Red Notice, Netflix plans a handful of high-budget PG-13 movies with wide appeal over the next year, competing directly with big studios
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
BuzzFeed signed a yearlong deal with TikTok to produce live video series for which TikTok will find sponsors, starting with I Made This from the Tasty vertical
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Jillian Deutsch / Bloomberg:
EU approves Digital Markets Act measures: mandating social app interoperability, banning ad targeting to minors, and fines up to 20% of global annual sales