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7:45 PM ET, June 23, 2022


 Top News: 
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.
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.
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 …
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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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
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Max Brantley / ArkansasTimes:
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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