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9:20 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 plans to lay 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.
Simon Usborne / The Guardian:
How the BBC's archive team is using tech to help digitize, catalog, and publish 23PB+ of content, including random clips that go viral on social media  —  For years the corporation has been digitising its vast reserve of content, turning up lost footage of everyone from General Eisenhower to Victoria Wood.
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.
John Reed / Financial Times:
An in-depth look at the crackdown on freedom of expression in India under Modi, driven by legal threats and intimidation, and its impact on the news media  —  The income tax officials arrived at the Bangalore office of the Independent and Public-Spirited Media Foundation on Wednesday, September 7, and stayed until 4:30am on Friday.
Morgan Sung / NBC News:
At least two TwitchCon attendees say they were severely injured, one with a broken back, after using Lenovo and Intel's foam pit scattered over bare concrete  —  SAN DIEGO — At least two TwitchCon attendees said they were severely injured after they participated in an interactive exhibit …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The Daily Mail, which has until now avoided phone hacking scandals that dogged News UK, faces murkier allegations that could leave it in a legal limbo for years  —  Six people have brought claims, but it is those from Stephen Lawrence's mother that have really hurt newspaper
Discussion: Hacked Off
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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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
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
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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