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9:10 AM ET, April 22, 2022


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New York Times:
Warner Bros. Discovery will shut down CNN+ on April 30, after its March 29 debut; sources: CNN+ had ~150K subscribers and was on pace to hit first-year goals  —  The new corporate owners of CNN are moving to end the new streaming service just weeks after a splashy debut.  — Give this article- - - Read in app
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
AT&T reports HBO Max and HBO gained 3M subscribers to end Q1 with 76.8M globally; WarnerMedia revenue rose 2.5% YoY to $8.7B and ad revenue fell 3% YoY to $1.7B
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Meta is reviewing whether COO Sheryl Sandberg pressured the Daily Mail in 2016 and 2019 into killing stories about her then-boyfriend Bobby Kotick  —  Social-media executive, who dated the Activision Blizzard CEO, was part of campaign to persuade the U.K. tabloid to shelve a potential article
Luke Winkie / Nieman Lab:
A look at the paranoia in BuzzFeed's newsroom after cuts and the company's SPAC deal, as its media peers weigh going public and the potential effects on staff  —  Many of the members of BuzzFeed's newsroom feel as if they were sold a bill of goods.  —  The digital media stalwart opened itself …
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: after churning out 500+ original programs last year, Netflix is looking to add fewer new titles and focus more on quality, while reining in spending  —  Streaming service spent lavishly on productions to win subscribers, but now growth has slowed  —  Your browser does not support the audio tag.
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix's Q1 earnings show that Disney, Paramount, and other companies that reorganized around streaming video must deal with consistent subscriber volatility
Aisha Majid / Press Gazette:
Analysis: eight of the 50 leading local UK news sites drew 50%+ of their UK audience from nearby; for 20 sites, less than a third of their audience was local  —  As local print newspapers have declined and closed, traffic to local news websites across the UK has surged.
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Florida's legislature votes to revoke Disney World's special tax district status, which it held for 55 years, after a clash over the state's “Don't Say Gay” law  —  Lawmakers in the state voted to revoke the company's special designation following a dispute with Gov. Ron DeSantis over a new education law.
Claire Woodcock / VICE:
Ebook vendors like Hoopla are including titles with COVID-19 disinfo, Holocaust denial, and more; librarians want more transparency and accountability  —  Librarians say Holocaust deniers, antivaxxers, and other conspiracy theorists are being featured in the catalogs of a popular ebook lending service.
Discussion: The Verge
Maliha Shoaib / Vogue Business:
Condé Nast closes Vogue Russia and ceases publishing in the country due to the war in Ukraine and related censorship laws, after suspending operations in March  —  Condé Nast is closing Vogue Russia and ceasing publishing due to the ongoing war in Ukraine and related censorship laws, CEO Roger Lynch said today.
Discussion: New York Post
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David Barnett / The Guardian:
Report: UK publishers' total income hit a new high of ~$8.7B in 2021, up 5% from 2020; TikTok emerged as a driving force for new books and backlist purchases
Jonathan Allen / Reuters:
Two Georgia election workers settle their defamation lawsuit with OANN over false claims they manipulated ballots, leaving Rudy Giuliani as the only defendant
Maria Repnikova / The Atlantic:
As Putin's regime drops even the appearance of democracy, Russian restrictions on press freedom are unlikely to be rolled back whenever the war in Ukraine ends
Marc Wojno / ZDNet:
Live Bash, which lets artists livestream their performances and convert the shows into digital collectibles and NFTs, raises a $21M seed from unnamed investors
 Earlier Picks: 
James Fallows / Breaking the News:
Under Joe Kahn, The New York Times should re-create the role of the public editor and re-examine coverage of, and the runup to, the 2016 US elections
Sources: Barack and Michelle Obama's production company Higher Ground doesn't plan to re-sign with Spotify, and is talking to Audible, iHeartMedia, and others
Shraddha Chakradhar / Nieman Lab:
A study of 130K articles published by 31 newspapers acquired by firms like Alden and Sinclair finds a significant decrease in local content post-acquisition