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12:30 AM ET, October 10, 2022


 Top News: 
Erik Pedersen / Deadline:
Nikki Finke, the founder of Deadline and veteran entertainment journalist known for telling hard truths and calling out Hollywood wrongdoing, dies at 68  —  Nikki Finke, the veteran entertainment journalist who founded Deadline in 2006 and helped grow it into a major player among Hollywood trades …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The UK's LADBible is laying off 10% of its staff following a slump in share price for its parent LBG Media, which went public in December 2021  —  Online media company, which has seen its share price slump, blames economy for job losses  —  LadBible, one of the UK's biggest online media success stories …
New York Times:
Kantar: ad revenue of the 4 late-night network talk shows fell 16% from $301M in H1 2021 to $253.6M in H1 2022; sources: execs mull changes to Seth Meyers' show  —  Big changes are coming to the longtime staple of television programming, as the genre struggles to make the leap to the streaming world.
Benj Edwards / Ars Technica:
The Weather Channel plans to shut down Weatherscan, a 24-hour computer-controlled weather forecast TV channel launched in 1999, on or before December 9, 2022  —  Cult-favorite Weatherscan TV service launched in 1999; hobbyists aim to keep it alive.  —  In the early 2000s …
Jeff John Roberts / Fortune:
More paywalls mean more online readers are cut off from information; blockchains and NFTs could help, but publishers are reluctant to even discuss micropayments  —  Paywalls are closing off the Internet.  Can crypto open it back up?  —  It wasn't so long ago the web was like a giant bazaar.
Ernesto Van der Sar / TorrentFreak:
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
SEC filing: News Corp. CEO Robert Thomson received $19.7M in total FY 2022 compensation, down 14.6% YoY; his base salary of $3.06M has not changed since 2019  —  Robert Thomson, the chief executive officer of News Corp., saw his total compensation decline by 14.6 percent in its 2022 fiscal year …
Discussion: @arashmassoudi, Thanks:@talkingbiznews
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
A look at The New York Times' relationship with The Athletic; some NYT sportswriters objected to Athletic reporters introducing themselves as NYT journalists  —  Not long after the New York Times bought the Athletic earlier this year, the founders of the popular sports website held an all-staff call.
Melanie Walsh / Public Books:
A look at BookScan, a subscription service for book sales data, exclusive to publishing executives, and its open-access alternative Post45 Data Collective  —  Culture industries increasingly use our data to sell us their products.  It's time to use their data to study them.
Tim Ingham / Music Business Worldwide:
With ~100K new music tracks uploaded to streaming platforms every day, UMG's CEO says record companies are becoming more critical to helping musicians' careers  —  MBW's Stat Of The Week is a series in which we highlight a single data point that deserves the attention of the global music industry.
Andy Maxwell / TorrentFreak:
Over 100 rights holders and media groups demand that the EU take action to end live streaming piracy, especially illegal streams for sports and similar events  —  After years of trying to contain the meteoric rise of illegal streaming sites and pirate IPTV services, rightsholders in Europe have seen enough.
Gimlet's and Parcast's unions say Spotify blindsided them with 38+ layoffs, each bargaining unit lost ~30% of members, and Spotify can still help laid-off staff  —  .@GimletUnion & our joint statement on yesterday's layoffs @ParcastNetwork @Gimletmedia @Spotify
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Critics should quit dragging Maggie Haberman for holding Trump stories for her book; Haberman says she helped editors post scoops like the paper-clogged toilet
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Pluribus News, founded by longtime DC journalist Reid Wilson, debuts with six newsroom employees aiming to report on policy trends at statehouses across the US
Nancy Scola / Wired:
A look at Courier Newsroom, eight progressive US state news sites aiming to prove the journalism network for the left is not just a political outfit
Philip Bump / Washington Post:
Analysis: mentions of crime on Fox News surged after Biden's inauguration, with twice as many mentions on average as competitors CNN and MSNBC in 2021 and 2022
An investigation finds a network of 51+ locally branded news sites across 10 midterm battleground states, tied to a progressive news outfit and a Democratic PAC
 Earlier Picks: 
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon has discussed selling discounted bundles of rival streaming services via Prime Video Channels; WBD discussed participating in rivals' bundles
Sources: ESPN is nearing a large new partnership with DraftKings, the sports-betting firm in which Disney acquired a stake when buying Fox's assets in 2019
Rob Salkowitz / Publishers Weekly:
Whatnot, a marketplace focused on collectors and sales on video livestreams, signs a deal to publish nearly a dozen Heavy Metal comics starting in early 2023
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Report: if Canada passes its Online News Act, Google and Meta could be forced to pay ~CA$329.2M per year to news publishers, covering ~30% of editorial costs