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4:10 PM ET, January 18, 2022


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Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube says it's winding down YouTube Originals after six years and will only fund programs that are part of its Black Voices and YouTube Kids Funds  —  YouTube is getting out of the business of originals: The Google-owned video giant said it is winding down its original productions team after more than six years.
Michael Schneider / Variety:
YouTube's global head of original programming, Susanne Daniels, is leaving in March after almost seven years  —  Susanne Daniels is exiting YouTube after nearly seven years at the Google-owned global video-sharing company.  The YouTube global head of original content will depart in March.
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
UK Culture Secretary confirms the BBC TV license fee will be frozen at £159 for two years, but says the funding model will be reviewed before December 2027  —  U.K. Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries has confirmed that the U.K. TV license fee, which is the primary source of income for the BBC …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Arena Group, formerly Maven, will buy AMG/Parade, owner of Parade Magazine, for $16M and expects to report $180M in 2021 revenue, ~60% from subscriptions  —  The Arena Group, a digital publishing company formerly called Maven, plans to acquire AMG/Parade, the parent company …
Catherine Porter / New York Times:
Profile of Jodie Ginsberg, a veteran British journalist and freedom-of-expression advocate, who will become the CPJ's new president in April  —  Jodie Ginsberg, a veteran British journalist and advocate, will become the president of the Committee to Protect Journalists at a time when attacks on the press are at an all-time high.
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Ex-NY Post editor Michelle Gotthelf sues News Corp, NY Post, and editors, alleging she was fired by EIC for alleging sexual harassment by ex-EIC Col Allan  —  The ousted digital editor claims the Post's former longtime boss sexually propositioned her and later ordered her to scrub a story accusing Donald Trump of rape.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
NewsGuard, which rates the reliability of news sources, expects to be profitable in every quarter of 2022 thanks to licensing deals with advertisers and others  —  New York (CNN Business)NewsGuard, a four-year-old startup that scans the web and rates the reliability of news sources …
Discussion: @niemanlab
All seven A.V. Club employees in Chicago who G/O Media told to either move to LA or quit their jobs choose to take their severance  —  UPDATE: The seven A.V. Club workers in Chicago have decided to take their union-contract-protected severances rather than move to L.A. without a cost-of-living adjustment. A statement from the union (1/X):
Lizbeth Diaz / Reuters:
A journalist was murdered in Tijuana, Mexico after entering a protection program due to threats, becoming the second Mexican journalist killed in 2022  —  A Mexican photojournalist died after being shot in the head outside his home in the northern border city of Tijuana, officials said on Monday.
Michael Schneider / Variety:
FX Research: a record 559 scripted original TV series were released in 2021, up 13% YoY, likely due to 2020 shows being delayed by COVID-19 production shutdowns  —  Peak TV is back.  After a dip in 2020 — the first decline since FX began tallying the number of scripted series every year …
Max Willens / Digiday:
Over 140 advertisers ran campaigns in 2021 using Insider's Saga data offering, up from 48 in 2020, generating “tens of millions” in revenue, up 175%  —  Insider got a comparatively early start on its plans to get more out of its first-party data.
Discussion: @digiday
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Al Jazeera has stopped creating content for its conservative digital outlet, Rightly, which launched in February 2021
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