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5:20 PM ET, January 6, 2022


 Top News: 
Sara Fischer / Axios:
NYT has agreed to acquire The Athletic in an all-cash deal valuing the startup at $550M; co-founders Alex Mather and Adam Hansmann will stay on after the deal  —  The New York Times has agreed to acquire The Athletic in an all-cash deal valuing the sports media startup at $550 million …
Peter Kafka / Vox:
The NYT-Athletic deal is a big bet with significant risk, as growth slows for The NYT and profit remains elusive for The Athletic  —  A big bet with real risk and reward.  —  The New York Times wants more subscribers.  The Athletic has lots of subscribers but loses money.
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: WarnerMedia and ViacomCBS are exploring selling a significant stake, or all of, CW Network; among possible buyers, Nexstar Media Group is leading  —  Nexstar Media Group is among the suitors for CW Network, sources say  —  AT&T Inc.'s WarnerMedia and ViacomCBS Inc. are exploring …
The Hollywood Reporter:
In a memo to staff, The CW CEO confirms ViacomCBS and Warner Bros. are exploring its sale but says it's “too early to speculate what might happen”  —  Local TV giant Nexstar is said to be among the suitors for the broadcast network.  —  The CW is up for sale.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify introduces Call-to-Action Cards, a visual ad format for podcasts that puts clickable cards inside show and episode pages  —  Spotify is today introducing is introducing a new ad format aimed at podcasters which it's calling “Call-to-Action Cards” — or CTA cards, for short.
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
Manori Ravindran / Variety:
The BBC appoints ITN chief executive Deborah Turness as CEO of BBC News and Current Affairs, replacing Fran Unsworth, who is stepping down at the end of January  —  The BBC has appointed ITN chief executive Deborah Turness as its CEO of BBC News and Current Affairs.
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
LinkedIn plans to launch interactive, audio-only live events this month in beta for some creators and a video version in the spring  —  LinkedIn, now with more than 800 million people listing their professional profiles to build out their careers, is taking its next steps to get them to spend more time on the platform.
Kaya Yurieff / The Information:
Patreon says creators earned $3.5B through subscriptions from 2013 to December 2021, up from $2B in November 2020  —  The pandemic shutdowns meant boom times for Patreon.  The nearly nine-year-old company benefited from a spike in activity from online performers and fans and raised $245 million in funding in less than a year.
Discussion: @kyurieff and @lauramandaro
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The Washington Post names Steven Ginsberg as managing editor for its main news sections, rounding out Executive Editor Sally Buzbee's senior management team  —  Steven Ginsberg, The Washington Post's National editor who led the organization's political coverage through the Trump years …
China's copyright authority bans digital music platforms from signing exclusive copyright agreements except in special circumstances  —  China's copyright authority said on Thursday digital music platforms are not allowed to sign exclusive copyright agreements except in special circumstances …
Discussion: Plagiarism Today
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
NPR's All Things Considered host Audie Cornish is leaving, following exits by other prominent NPR hosts of color, including Noel King and Lulu Garcia-Navarro  —  Audie Cornish, a host of NPR's “All Things Considered,” is leaving her job, becoming the latest prominent person of color to leave the public broadcaster.
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Josh Eidelson / Bloomberg:
The NLRB files a complaint with an administrative law judge after NewsGuild alleged in June the NYT told some tech employees to stop showing union support
Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
The FBI arrests Filippo Bernardini, an Italian citizen who worked in publishing, alleging he targeted authors and others to steal unpublished book manuscripts
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
AMC Networks acquires Sentai, including its anime Hidive subscription streaming service, e-commerce platform SentaiFilmworks, Anime Network, and Sentai Studios
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Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
Paid Peacock subscribers will get live streaming access to all events at the Beijing Winter Olympics, scheduled for February 2 to February 20
Jem Aswad / Variety:
The Grammy Awards, planned for January 31 in Los Angeles' Arena, have been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19 concerns
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