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10:30 PM ET, December 30, 2021


 Top News: 
Xander Richards / The National:
BBC concedes Jeffrey Epstein's lawyer Alan Dershowitz was “not a suitable person to interview as an impartial analyst” to discuss the Ghislaine Maxwell verdict  —  BBC admits fault after interview with Jeffrey Epstein's lawyer Alan Dershowitz  —  THE BBC has conceded …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
As subscriptions to streaming services stall, Comcast, Disney, and other media companies are roping in their news operations to attract subscribers  —  If a big story erupted at a random hour not too long ago, executives at big TV-news outlets would typically try to break …
Sky News:
Stand News, Hong Kong's last major pro-democracy outlet, says it is shutting down after police raided its office, froze its assets, and arrested senior staff  —  Stand News was the last prominent pro-democracy publication in Hong Kong - after the closure of the Apple Daily tabloid and the arrest of its publisherJimmy Lai.
Hong Kong police arrest Ronson Chan, chairman of the Hong Kong Journalists Association, and five others, saying they conspired to publish “seditious” materials
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Q&A with 10 media writers on the biggest and most overblown stories of the year, which streamer had the best year, predictions for 2022, and more  —  I'm sorry we didn't have a newsletter last weekend.  I was dealing with a mild bout of Covid, time I used to catch up on Oscar movies.
Discussion: @aherman2006 and @lucas_shaw
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
NY appeals court temporarily lifts an order requiring NYT turn over or destroy copies of Project Veritas documents; the NYT remains barred from publishing docs
Financial Times:
Analysis: Disney, Apple, Netflix, Comcast, ViacomCBS, Fox, WarnerMedia, and Amazon plan to spend $115B+ on content in 2022, or ~$140B including sports rights  —  Investment outlays come amid concerns that it will be harder to attract new viewers in 2022  —  The top eight US media groups plan …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
LION: the US and Canada now have over 700 independent local news startups; 80% of LION's 400+ paying members have four or fewer employees  —  New, independent digital outlets and nonprofits have begun to fill some of the gap left by fading local newspapers.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Over 50 local US newsrooms launched in 2020 and 2021, the majority in major metro areas and four each in Georgia, New Jersey, Texas, Washington, and Florida
Jack Suntrup / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Missouri's governor says he thinks a prosecutor will bring charges in the case of a St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter alerting the state to a data vulnerability  —  JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday expressed his opinion the Cole County prosecuting attorney would bring charges …
Jacob Shamsian / Insider:
A Venezuelan man sues Fox News, former host Lou Dobbs, and lawyer Sidney Powell, saying they linked him to false claims of US election rigging  —  - A Venezuelan businessman has sued Fox News, former host Lou Dobbs, and Sidney Powell.  — Dobbs and Powell baselessly accused him of being involved …
Discussion: Law & Crime
Scott Roxborough / Hollywood Reporter:
2021 saw a wave of indie producer consolidation to build up content libraries, boost production potential, and take bigger shares of licensing revenues  —  The worldwide consolidation of independent producers looks likely to continue in 2022 as the global streaming boom pushes up both demand and budgets for film and TV series.
Ben Shpigel / New York Times:
John Madden, an NFL Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster at CBS, Fox, ABC, and NBC, dies at 85  —  Madden was one of football's most recognizable ambassadors for decades.  —  John Madden, the Hall of Fame coach who became one of America's most recognizable ambassadors of professional football …
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Courtland Milloy / Washington Post:
The weekly Washington Informer, covering DC's Black community, nearly doubled readership in five years to 50,000 and grew average pages per issue from 36 to 56
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
Sources: Iranian hackers were behind the ransomware attack that took down the IT systems and some live streams of Cox radio and TV stations in early June
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The Indian Express:
The Delhi High Court directs WhatsApp to take down groups that are illegally circulating the online editions of newspapers owned by Dainik Bhaskar Corp.
Discussion: TorrentFreak
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Seeking larger audiences, Netflix, Disney, and other studios are releasing movies with star-studded casts, sometimes without much success
Adam Janofsky / The Record:
Amedia, a Norwegian publisher with 90+ outlets, says a cyberattack shut down several of its systems, halting presses, ad buys, and subscription changes