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5:55 PM ET, March 9, 2022


 Top News: 
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Amazon suspends access to Prime Video for customers based in Russia  —  Amazon has joined the growing number of businesses suspending commercial activities in Russia in the wake of the country's unprovoked attack on Ukraine.  —  The e-commerce giant said in a statement that it is cutting off access …
Jennifer Maas / Variety:
Jason Kilar announces that WarnerMedia will pause “all new business in Russia” amid Russia's continued invasion of Ukraine  —  WarnerMedia is “pausing all new business in Russia” amid its continued invasion of Ukraine, CEO Jason Kilar announced Wednesday.
Discussion: The Streamable and @brianstelter
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
The New York Times temporarily removes its journalists from Russia in response to the law that effectively renders independent reporting in the country illegal
On Substack:
Substack launches an iOS app for reading; Android users can join a waitlist  —  What you read matters  —  Today, we're launching an iOS app for reading.  It's like your email inbox, but better.  —  For readers, the app brings all your Substack subscriptions together in one venue …
Adam Tinworth / One Man & His Blog:
Substack's app lets users pause email delivery to read only in the app, building a moat for Substack that potentially protects it from competitors  —  Substack has launched a reader app for iOS, turning itself from a newsletter company into a platform one.  Publishers — beware.
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
CEO Bob Chapek says Disney opposes Florida's “Don't Say Gay” bill, pledges $5M to LGBTQ+ rights advocates, and says he'll discuss the bill with FL's governor
Mike Ozanian / Forbes:
Sources: the streaming deal between MLB and Apple is worth $85M annually over seven years and NBC Sports' two-year MLB deal is worth $30M annually  —  Baseball is in the midst of a lockout that is threatening the start of the 2022 season, but that isn't preventing the league from getting richer.
Emily Nicolle / Bloomberg:
Two Austrian entrepreneurs acquire the assets of LimeWire, the music sharing service shuttered in 2010, and plan to relaunch it as an NFT marketplace for music  —  A pair of serial entrepreneurs in Austria has bought the rights to defunct music platform LimeWire with plans to revamp its image …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Jeff Zucker's exit deal with CNN paid him $5M+, which was owed from his 2021 bonus, and he didn't get further severance; he waived his rights to sue  —  Mr. Zucker, who resigned last month citing his failure to report consensual relationship with colleague, waived rights to sue CNN parent WarnerMedia as part of pact
Angelique Chrisafis / The Guardian:
President Macron vows to scrap the €138/year French TV license fee if he is re-elected next month, prompting questions over the funding of public media  —  Presidential candidate Anne Hidalgo says scrapping fee will ‘kill’ independence of public media  —  Emmanuel Macron has promised …
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
Researchers say Gannett gave ad buyers incorrect information about where ads appeared for nine months; Gannett says it regrets the error, which it fixed March 4  —  Publisher misrepresented where billions of ads were placed, researchers say, and Gannett corrected the issue in recent days
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Sources: Amazon is expected to win unconditional approval from the European Commission for its $8.5B acquisition of MGM, which was announced in May 2021  —  Amazon is expected to win unconditional EU antitrust approval for its $8.5 billion buy of U.S. movie studio MGM, people familiar with the matter said …
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