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2:20 PM ET, March 21, 2022


 Top News: 
Mstyslav Chernov / Associated Press:
An AP journalist recounts their harrowing experiences covering Mariupol under Russian attack; the two AP journalists, the last in Mariupol, have now left  —  MARIUPOL, Ukraine (AP) — The Russians were hunting us down.  They had a list of names, including ours, and they were closing in.
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
How two Ukrainian AP journalists documented the war's devastation while managing sporadic contact with editors and dealing with Russian government smears  —  If it were not for two Associated Press journalists in the besieged city of Mariupol, the world might not have learned what has been happening …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Media-measurement giant Nielsen says it has turned down a bid by a private equity consortium, after reports of a potential acquisition caused its stock to soar  —  Nielsen Holdings PLC has turned down a bid by a private-equity consortium to buy the media-measurement giant …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
A look at the fallout between Bob Chapek and Bob Iger as Disney restructures for a world where streaming dominates and legacy distribution models fade away  —  Bob Iger, left, and Bob Chapek of Disney  —  April 12, 2020.  That's the day former Disney CEO Bob Iger's relationship …
Wall Street Journal:
Disney CEO's initial neutrality toward Florida's Don't Say Gay bill worsened staff and fan resentment towards him amid theme park cost cuts and a falling stock
Max Tani / Politico:
Sources: Reuters staff are frustrated by Reuters' partnership with Tass, a Russian wire service that's published unverified information about the war in Ukraine  —  Employees at one of the most well-known news wire services are privately fuming over their company's ongoing partnership …
Megan Graham / Wall Street Journal:
Adtech company TripleLift will acquire Zurich-based 1plusX, which helps clients reach audiences using first-party data, for around $150M  —  Switzerland-based business helps companies use first-party data, which they have collected themselves—an increasingly important strategy amid tightening privacy regulations
Discussion: Next TV and @aripap
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
Apple drops the option to buy and rent content in the Apple TV app for Android TV and Google TV; sources: until recently Apple was exempt from Google's IAP cut  —  Rasmus Larsen, writing for FlatpanelsHD: … I can confirm via, as they say, sources familiar with the matter …
Max Seddon / @maxseddon:
Russia's Channel One responds to Marina Ovsyannikova's on-air protest, saying she is a British spy who “betrayed [her] country and all of us ... for a bonus”  —  Channel One has finally responded to Marina Ovsyannikova's on-air protest. Kirill Kleimyonov, head of the news division, accuses her of being a British spy. He said she has “betrayed [her] country and all of us ... coldly, duplicitously, for a bonus.”
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
DirecTV, which plans to drop OANN, starts offering Fox Nation as a “premium add-on” to its subscribers; Fox Weather will debut on DirecTV Stream on March 29  —  Satellite-distributor DirecTV, which weeks ago unveiled plans to drop conservative outlet OAN, still wants to offer viewers right-leaning content.
Discussion: Next TV, TVNewser and The Wrap
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
BBC says it had a weekly non-UK news audience of 456M in 2021, up 18M from 2020, and is set to hit 500M this year, which marks its hundredth anniversary  —  The BBC is on track to reach a weekly non-UK news audience of 500m this year, according to an executive tasked with North American growth.
Philipp Reissfelder / Associated Press:
German broadcaster RTL hires a Ukrainian presenter to host a daily 10-minute Ukrainian-language news show for those who fled their homeland after Russia invaded  —  German broadcaster RTL has hired a Ukrainian presenter to host a daily news show for others who have fled their homeland after the Russian invasion
Jane Harper / Virginian-Pilot:
Sierra Jenkins, a 25-year-old reporter for The Virginian-Pilot, was among those killed in the crossfire during a shooting in downtown Norfolk on Saturday  —  Saturday would have been Sierra Jenkins' turn to cover the breaking news shift for The Virginian-Pilot.
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