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6:05 PM ET, December 22, 2021


 Top News: 
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich settles his libel claim after journalist Catherine Belton and HarperCollins amended passages in her book, Putin's People  —  Chelsea FC owner Roman Abramovich has settled his libel claim against the journalist and publisher behind the book Putin's People.
Claudia Eller / Variety:
As he prepares to leave Disney at the end of December, an interview with Bob Iger on Bob Chapek, his disinterest in running another company, and more  —  “I'm being resolute about it — this time around.  I haven't once second-guessed it or hesitated," he tells me.  “It's bittersweet.
Kate Conger / New York Times:
A look at Clubhouse and its competitors, as veteran podcast hosts and new creators decide what works best for them, based on pay, features, and their audiences  —  The company showed that people would flock to an audio-only social media app.  Can it fend off the imitators?
Ryan Broderick / Garbage Day:
Analysis of Garbage Day metrics on Substack: 16K readers with ~10% paid subscriptions, which are mainly driven by announcements or coupons, not paywalled posts  —  Read to the end for a bunch of really good two-sentence horror stories  —  Tomorrow paying subscribers will get an interview …
China's Xinhua News Agency plans to issue news photography NFTs, despite Beijing largely banning crypto-related transactions  —  China's official Xinhua News Agency is planning to issue news collectibles based on technology used in non-fungible tokens even as policy makers in Beijing have largely banned all crypto-related transactions.
Discussion: Reuters, Insider and Reuters
The Economic Times:
India bans 20 YouTube channels and two websites for alleged “anti-India” propaganda from Pakistan, invoking its new IT Act's emergency powers for the first time  —  India banned 20 YouTube channels and two websites on Monday for allegedly running anti-India propaganda from Pakistan …
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Fox says Jesse Watters was speaking metaphorically when he told a conference audience to “ambush” Dr. Fauci with a “kill shot”; Dr. Fauci calls for his firing  —  The Fox host was referring to confrontational interviews in comments at a conservative conference but leaned hard on violent imagery: 'Boom!
Laura Webster / The National:
Discussion: Daily Mail and @scotnational
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Chandini Monnappa / Reuters:
Sony Pictures India and Zee Entertainment merge, overtaking Disney's Star India as India's biggest TV player, led by Zee CEO Punit Goenka
Discussion: Deadline
Kate Clark / The Information:
Redpoint Ventures, which has Stripe and Snowflake investments, plans to launch media outlet Start in early 2022 with a newsletter, podcast, and social posts
Keri Blakinger / The Marshall Project:
A look at The Tank, a low-wattage radio station run by the inmates at a Texas prison to help men in solitary and on death row connect with the prison community
 Earlier Picks: 
Mitchell Clark / The Verge:
Meta says over half of its Bulletin newsletter platform's 115 creators have over 1,000 free subscribers, “with many having more than 5,000 or 10,000”
Todd Spangler / Variety:
AT&T plans to sell its Xandr programmatic advertising marketplace to Microsoft; the deal would not include the ad sales business supporting DirecTV
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
OnlyFans founder Tim Stokely steps down as CEO, naming head of communications and marketing Ami Gan as his replacement; Stokely will remain as an adviser