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12:05 AM ET, March 26, 2022


 Top News: 
Antoinette Siu / The Wrap:
Black News Channel, which launched in February 2020, shuts down after missing its March 25 payroll; sources: the network has shed 120+ staffers since Christmas  —  After months of uncertainty, Black News Channel (BNC) is shutting down on Friday just two years after its launch.
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
A judge dismisses Felicia Sonmez's lawsuit accusing The Washington Post of discrimination by barring her from reporting sexual assault stories; Sonmez to appeal  —  A reporter at the news organization claimed that it had created a hostile work environment that unfairly prevented her from writing about sexual assault.
James Vincent / The Verge:
The EU's DMA would bar Big Tech from merging personal data for targeted advertising sans consent and let businesses access data they generate for big platforms  —  Expected to come into force by October  —  The EU has unveiled its biggest ever legislative effort to balance competition in the tech world.
Jem Aswad / Variety:
After suspending its paid subscription service in Russia on March 9, Spotify now plans to fully suspend its service in the country citing the new censorship law  —  Spotify, which suspended its paid subscription service in Russia earlier this month due to that country's unprovoked …
Rachel Treisman / NPR:
RSF and other orgs say Russian forces have kidnapped, detained, and tortured dozens of Ukrainian journalists; one editor says her father is being held hostage  —  Russian soldiers are kidnapping Ukrainian journalists in contested territories and holding them hostage, according to international groups and survivor accounts.
Ed Meza / Variety:
Report: in 2020, Netflix, Apple, Amazon, and Disney made up 72% of Europe's SVOD market and European legacy broadcasters delivered 90% of all TV series produced  —  Despite expectations to the contrary, the share of Europe's audiovisual market controlled by U.S. players grew …
Helen Lewis / The Bluestocking:
Three “scandals” illustrate how journalists transform obscure opinions on Twitter into “popular sentiment”, often by inflating critics beyond their actual size  —  The Ant Mill theory of Discourse.  —  Happy Friday!  —  A special edition as I had a new theory to share / a rant to get off my chest.
Evan Osnos / New Yorker:
Demand in Russia for US-backed media and technology has grown significantly; traffic to RFE/RL's YouTube channels more than tripled during the past three weeks  —  As Russia's independent media fades to black, there is new demand in the country for U.S.-backed media and technology that has roots in the Cold War.
Greg Burns / Medill Local News Initiative:
The Baltimore Banner, a nonprofit startup funded by hotel magnate Stewart W. Bainum Jr., aims to launch in June and hit 100K subscribers within four years  —  Nonprofit start-up charts course for local-news donors  —  While many other local media organizations operate out of basements …
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Bill Birtles / ABC:
Sources: Australian TV journalist Cheng Lei, who has been detained in China since August 2020 on state secrets charges, is due to be tried on March 31, 2022
MIT Technology Review:
A look at Intrepid Response, an app the Minnesota police used to collect photos and data on journalists at protests and share across law enforcement agencies
Jon Lafayette / Next TV:
The Media Rating Council says Nielsen's effort to get its national and local TV ratings services reaccredited won't be finished until Q3 2022 at the earliest
Naomi Andu / The Objective:
Inside the turmoil at the nonprofit Texas Observer, where only four editorial staffers remain from the 13 there in September, after resignations and one firing
Kellen Browning / New York Times:
Netflix acquires Boss Fight Entertainment, a mobile game developer with 130 employees, its third studio purchase since sharing its gaming ambitions last summer
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Tarpley Hitt / Gawker:
How unclear guidelines at The Cut for staffers who want to produce sponsored content for outside clients has led to tensions and one firing
CNN unveils CNN+'s programming schedule for the first month after its March 29 debut, spanning live and on-demand programming plus special breaking news reports
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The UK picks Michael Grade, a Conservative House of Lord member who had senior posts at the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4, as Ofcom chair; MPs will likely approve him
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Google Play pilots a third-party billing option to select partners globally, starting with Spotify; Google says user choice billing still involves a service fee
The Insider:
Oksana Baulina, a journalist for Latvia-based The Insider who once worked for Russia's Anti-Corruption Foundation, was killed after a rocket strike in Kyiv