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7:45 PM ET, June 23, 2022

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Variety:
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.
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Patience Haggin / Wall Street Journal:
Ted Sarandos confirms Netflix is talking with potential partners to help launch an ad-supported tier and says the company might build its own ad business later  —  Streaming giant's Co-CEO Sarandos says the company wants a ‘pretty easy entry to the market’  —  CANNES, France …
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
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.
Deadline:
Warner Bros. Discovery acquired the Unprecedented three-part docuseries subpoenaed by the January 6 Committee, set to air on Discovery+ later in summer 2022  —  UPDATE: Discovery+ released a trailer for the documentary Unprecedented, featuring footage of Donald Trump and his family …
Politico:
Books by Kellyanne Conway, Bill Barr, and other Trump administration aides are underperforming as they don't have news nuggets or appeal to the MAGA crowd  —  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 …
Michael Stahl / TVNewsCheck:
Sources: a staff exodus at Altice's News 12 New Jersey, serving 7 markets around NYC, is due to a toxic workplace and sponsored content squeezing out local news  —  Mass resignations have rocked the editorial staff at News 12 New Jersey.  According to three sources close to the situation …
Discussion: @michaelrstahl
Megan Graham / Wall Street Journal:
A look at efforts to reduce digital advertising's carbon footprint, which, according to a 2018 study, accounted 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
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
Barb: UK households with a streaming service subscription reached 19.57M in Q1 2022, up ~500,000 from Q4 2021; Apple TV+ grew 27% QoQ and Disney+ grew 19% QoQ  —  STREAMING … BARB's establishment survey for the first quarter of the year reports that the number of U.K. households with access …
Discussion: AppleInsider
 
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Tracy Qu / South China Morning Post:
China issues new rules for live streamers, including requiring them to have relevant qualifications to discuss some topics, such as law, finance, and medicine
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
News UK's talkTV ratings remain far behind rivals, with Piers Morgan's show getting 64K viewers on Monday; Murdoch has become involved in reviving the channel
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
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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