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5:47 PM ET, March 18, 2022


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Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Experts say banning Telegram, a popular destination for unfiltered news to an estimated 40M+ users in Russia, is technically difficult and may prompt a backlash  —  The social media and chat app has become an increasingly popular destination for unfiltered news, pro-Kremlin propaganda and everything in between
Jim Waterson / Guardian:
Ofcom revokes RT's broadcast license in the UK, citing new Russian laws that criminalized journalistic output, and says it conducted 29 investigations into RT  —  British media regulator says it does not consider RT ‘to be fit and proper to hold a UK licence’
Kathryn VanArendonk / Vulture:
Q&A with Baby-sitters Club's creator on Netflix canceling the show, the opacity of Netflix metrics, how global appeal influences cancelations, and more  —  “I don't know what they wanted that they didn't get.”  Rachel Shukert is talking about her series The Baby-Sitters Club …
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
AAM: US magazine circulation on Apple News+ rose 150% YoY on average in H2 2021; People, the most popular, had 213K users opening an edition on average, up 220%  —  America's largest magazines saw their Apple News+ ‘circulations’ increase by an average 150% year-on-year in the second half of 2021 …
Discussion: @pedrodias
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
Dow Jones, FT, The Economist, and WaPo have lifted their paywalls in Russia and Ukraine, where readership, albeit small, has grown significantly  —  Some news organizations are lifting their paywalls and creating new channels to make information on the war in Ukraine freely available to readers there and in Russia.
Aisha Majid / Press Gazette:
Analysis: the number of advertised journalism jobs in the UK rose 79% from February 2019 to February 2022; the average salary in February 2022 was £35,244  —  New Press Gazette analysis suggests of UK journalism jobs data finds the number of vacancies and size of salaries paid are increasing.
Discussion: @pressgazette
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
Western media including the BBC, Deutsche Welle, NYT, and WaPo are using Tor, Telegram, and shortwave radio as they try to pierce Russia's propaganda bubble  —  An international resistance of computer programmers and volunteer “information warriors” is racing to pierce Kremlin propaganda …
Leah Nylen / Politico:
Sources: the FTC will not challenge Amazon's MGM Studios acquisition as Lina Khan decided not to call for a vote, anticipating opposition from GOP commissioners  —  The Federal Trade Commission will not challenge Amazon's acquisition of MGM Studios after the agency's commissioners split on bringing a suit …
Jennifer Maas / Variety:
Amazon finalizes its $8.5B acquisition of MGM, two days after the deal received clearance from the EU's antitrust regulator
Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
Gannett closes at least 19 print weekly newspapers in Eastern Massachusetts and merges nine weeklies into four  —  Gannett is closing at least 19 print weekly newspapers serving at least 26 communities in Eastern Massachusetts, according to notices posted on those papers' websites.
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