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8:40 PM ET, February 2, 2022


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Brian Stelter / CNN:
CNN's chief marketing officer Allison Gollust says she is in a relationship with Jeff Zucker; Gollust will remain at CNN  —  New York (CNN Business)CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker said Wednesday that he is resigning, effective immediately.  —  Zucker said in a memo …
The New York Times Company:
The NYT reports 375K net new digital subscriptions in Q4, $2B annual revenue in 2021 for the first time since 2012, and targets 15M+ subscribers by end of 2027  —  The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) announced today fourth- quarter 2021 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations …
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
The New York Times Company closes its acquisition of The Athletic and its 1.2M subscribers, hitting its 10M subscriber goal three years ahead of schedule  —  The deal for the sports site, which was finalized on Tuesday, helped the company reach that goal a couple of years early.
Meta reports Q4 ad revenue of $32.6B, up 20% YoY, but warns sales growth could be 3%-11% in Q1 2022 due to iOS changes, inflation, and supply chain disruptions  —  Facebook-owner Meta has warned of slowing growth, as audiences flock to competitors like TikTok and the businesses that advertise on its platforms cut marketing budgets.
Stephanie Bodoni / Bloomberg:
Belgium's data watchdog fines IAB Europe €250K after finding its ad-targeting tool violates GDPR, and orders a “series of remedies” within two months  —  IAB Europe, an association for online advertising companies, was fined 250,000 euros ($282,690) and handed an ultimatum …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Spotify reports Q4 revenue of €2.69B, up 24% YoY, 406M MAUs, up 18% YoY, and ad-supported revenue of €394M, up 40% YoY and a record 15% of total revenue  —  After a month of controversy involving podcast host Joe Rogan, Spotify Technology SA disclosed a more immediate business problem …
Los Angeles Times:
Apptopia: Tidal app installs rose nearly 23% in the January 26-31 period over January 20-25; installs of tiny Qobuz, recommended by Neil Young, rose 64%
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
How podcast publishers like Vice, iHeartMedia, and Tinkercast are growing audiences by producing original and translated non-English language content  —  For bilingual people and international listeners, expect more podcasts coming your way from U.S.-based publishers and audio platforms this year.
New York Times:
ABC suspends The View host Whoopi Goldberg for two weeks after she repeatedly said the Holocaust wasn't about race during an episode; Goldberg has apologized  —  Ms. Goldberg's comments, on Monday's episode of “The View,” came amid growing ignorance about the Holocaust and rising antisemitism.
Sebastien Ash / Agence France-Presse:
German regulator bans RT-DE, saying it does not have a broadcasting license; RT says it will not stop broadcasting as it has a Serbian broadcasting license  —  The German broadcasting regulator said Wednesday it had banned the transmission of the German-language channel of Russian state broadcaster RT …
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