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6:50 AM ET, January 27, 2022


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On Substack:
Substack says it will stick to its hands-off approach to content moderation amid increased pressure to censor what some see as dubious or objectionable content  —  Hamish McKenzie, Chris Best, and Jairaj  —  Last year, in an interview with the New York Times, anthropologist Heidi Larson …
Elizabeth Dwoskin / Washington Post:
Discussion: Mashable and The Guardian
Anne Steele / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify is removing Neil Young's music after he gave the company an ultimatum between his music and Joe Rogan's podcast with COVID-19 vaccine misinformation  —  The folk-rock star won't back down after discussions with his record label and Spotify  —  Spotify Technology SA is in the process …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
AT&T Q4: WarnerMedia revenue rose 15.4% YoY to $9.9B and DTC subscription revenue rose 11.5% YoY to $1.9B; the $43B Discovery merger is expected to close in Q2  —  The company also announced that it expects the WarnerMedia spinoff and merger with Discovery to close in the second quarter …
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
HBO and HBO Max ended 2021 with 46.8M US subscribers, up 5.3M over 2020; AT&T reported earlier in January that the services had 73.8M subscribers globally  —  HBO Max closed 2021 with 46.8 million domestic subscribers when combined with linear HBO, up 5.3 million over 2020 …
Discussion: Next TV and The Streamable
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
The Washington Post names Matea Gold as national editor and Philip Rucker as deputy national editor, as part of expanding coverage with more visual storytelling  —  The Washington Post has named Matea Gold as national editor and Philip Rucker as deputy national editor, with plans to expand …
Chris Mills Rodrigo / The Hill:
YouTube permanently bans Dan Bongino for trying to evade a previous suspension; the pro-Trump pundit had previously said he planned to leave the platform  —  YouTube on Wednesday permanently banned conservative commentator Dan Bongino from the platform, saying he attempted to evade a previous suspension.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
VAB study: Nielsen's failure to count “out of home” impressions could have cost networks $350M+ in advertising revenue between May 2021 and November 2021  —  A new study by the nation's big TV networks suggests Nielsen's efforts to count viewers watching their favorite programs in so-called …
Abid Rahman / Hollywood Reporter:
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Profile of Real America's Voice, which distributes Steve Bannon's talk show to ~8M homes and is run by Robert J. Sigg, a felon with a record of unpaid taxes  —  ‘War Room’ is at the center of a fledgling network monetizing what some employees saw as ‘Trump propaganda.’
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Study: high levels of multiyear funding and strong structural protections for independent public media are positively correlated with healthy democracies  —  But the direction of causality is tricky.  Do a democracy's flaws lead it to starve public media, or does starving public media lead to a democracy's flaws?
Aisha Majid / Press Gazette:
Ipsos: Apple News was the most widely used UK news app in December 2021 with 13.2M users and 1.2B minutes spent; BBC News had 12.5M users and 2.2B minutes spent  —  The Apple News app narrowly beat BBC News to take the spot of most popular news app in the UK in December, according to data from Ipsos iris.
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NewsGuild complains to the NLRB that the NYT's exclusion of union members from three paid holidays is meant to discourage NYT tech staff from voting for a union
Andrew Kersley / Press Gazette:
Slow news outlet Tortoise raises £10M to invest in audio journalism, events, and membership revenue, and reports a £8.5M loss in 2020, up from £5.4M in 2019
Viola Zhou / VICE:
A look at some former Hong Kong journalists' new jobs after their outlets were shuttered; one says “there is no point being a journalist anymore”
Peter White / Deadline:
Sources: ViacomCBS reverses a plan to rename Paramount Network as Paramount Movie Network due to Yellowstone's success and COVID-19-related production slowdowns
Discussion: ScreenRant, SlashFilm and Variety
Rory Smith / New York Times:
Profile of Italian soccer journalist Fabrizio Romano, who has amassed a huge following by becoming the go-to source for transfer news on social media
Jacob Adelman / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The Philadelphia Inquirer is negotiating to rent office space that is 60% smaller and $1M/year cheaper, starting Q1 2023, as it expects much work to be remote
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Grid, a news startup founded by Mark Bauman and headed by Laura McGann, maintains ties through its five-member board to APCO, which lobbies for UAE clients
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Substack plans to launch a native video player in beta next week that will let creators upload or record a video and embed it directly in a Substack post
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Google shutters FLoC, its controversial ad tech for replacing third-party cookies, and proposes Topics, which categorizes the sites users visit into 300+ topics
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Fox News' Peter Doocy says Biden called him to “clear the air” about an hour after the president was caught on a hot mic calling Doocy “a stupid son of a bitch”