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7:00 PM ET, January 18, 2022


 Top News: 
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 content, Susanne Daniels, is leaving on March 1 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.
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 …
Justin Baragona / The Daily Beast:
Ex-NY Post digital EIC Michelle Gotthelf sues News Corp, NY Post, and two editors, claiming she was fired for alleging ex-EIC Col Allan sexually harassed her  —  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 …
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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):
Jennifer Maas / Variety:
Influencer and former NBA player Rex Chapman will host a weekly CNN+ show involving “conversations with athletes, entertainers, and everyday heroes”  —  Per the WarnerMedia-owned subscription streaming platform, which is set to debut in the first quarter of the year …
Jem Aswad / Variety:
The Recording Academy reschedules the Grammy Awards to April 3 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas; sources hope for a full show and a live audience  —  The Grammy Awards will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on April 3, Variety has confirmed.
Jack Shafer / Politico:
The mission statements and manifestos of journalism startups, from Grid to Puck, promise to remake journalism but fail to articulate a unique message  —  The entrepreneurial spirit rages beneath the breastbone of your average journalist, rivaled in intensity only by his scorn for his bosses.
Andrew Higgins / New York Times:
A look at Serbia's media landscape: opposition candidates get very limited and overwhelmingly negative coverage, independent news channels are blocked, and more  —  With new, less repressive tactics, countries like Serbia, Poland and Hungary are deploying highly effective tools to skew public opinion.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The Hollywood Reporter's Eriq Gardner is joining Puck on January 31 as a founding partner, covering deals plus media and entertainment law  —  Eriq Gardner is joining Puck, the subscription newsletter startup, from The Hollywood Reporter as a national correspondent covering media and entertainment law and deals beginning January 31st.
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Michael Schneider / Variety:
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