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12:15 AM ET, June 24, 2022


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Netflix lays off roughly 300 people out of its ~11,000 global employees, with the bulk of the jobs lost in the US, after initial job cuts of 150+ in May 2022  —  Layoffs have hit Netflix again, with the streamer letting go of roughly 300 staffers on Thursday, Variety has learned exclusively.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Comcast and Google have emerged as the top contenders to help Netflix develop an ad-supported tier, and Netflix has discussed ad partnerships with Roku
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Semafor will be ad-supported for “six, 12, maybe 18 months”, add a paywall for most articles, and use talent agents to pair journalists with products and events  —  - Media executives are hopeful they've learned lessons and streamlined their businesses to weather a potential recession.
Washington Post:
A look at the techniques used in the live broadcasts presenting the House January 6 committee's evidence, produced by former ABC News president James Goldston  —  The panel probing the Capitol attack is trying to turn its investigative grind into must-see television
Warner Bros. Discovery acquired the Unprecedented three-part docuseries subpoenaed by the January 6 Committee, set to air on Discovery+ later in summer 2022  —  EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), the chairman of the January 6th Committee, said on Wednesday that the hearing schedule will continue into July.
Peter Kafka / Vox:
Traditional media companies, especially TV, as well as streamers, face a serious threat from TikTok, and seem to be doing little so far to counter or respond  —  Facebook knows it has a TikTok problem.  TV and streamers do, too.  —  The people who bring you video entertainment …
Mariella Moon / Engadget:
Spotify replaces Concert Hub with a Live Events Feed, populated by Ticketmaster, AXS, DICE, Eventbrite, See Tickets, and other partners, for finding tour dates  —  Spotify has expanded its old Concert Hub and added more features to make it easier to find information and tickets for live events in your location.
Books by Kellyanne Conway, Bill Barr, and other Trump administration aides are underperforming as they don't have news nuggets and don't appeal to MAGA circles  —  A year after Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, his former chief of staff Mark Meadows released a tell-all book about his 10 months …
Megan Graham / Wall Street Journal:
A look at efforts to reduce online advertising's carbon footprint, which, according to a 2018 study, accounts for roughly 10% of the internet's energy usage  —  Digital ads require a lot of computing power, but the exact amount of electricity they consume is hard to pin down
Discussion: @nalanpog, @openx, @ad_association and @raju
Tracy Qu / South China Morning Post:
China issues new rules for live streamers, including requiring influencers to have relevant qualifications to discuss topics such as law, finance, and medicine  —  The severe acute respiratory syndrome gave the city its first major health scare since the handover, while in the years that followed …
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
News UK's talkTV ratings are far behind rivals and the flagship Piers Morgan show got 64K viewers on Monday; Murdoch has become involved in reviving the channel
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
Barb: 19.57M UK households, or 68.5%, had a streaming service subscription in Q1 2022, up almost 500K from Q4 2021; 6.53M had Disney+ and 1.57M had Apple TV+
Discussion: AppleInsider
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Max Brantley / ArkansasTimes:
An appeals court rules against The Arkansas Times, which challenged a state law requiring contractors to pledge not to boycott Israel; the ACLU plans to appeal
New York Times:
Sources: Rupert Murdoch and Jerry Hall are divorcing; the split, his fourth, is unlikely to alter the structure of his businesses, with family shares in a trust
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Twitter tests Twitter Notes with select users, for creating long-form content with rich text formatting and uploaded media that can be tweeted upon publishing