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1:45 PM 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 …
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 …
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 …
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.
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.
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Netflix reports its UK revenue for the first time, £1.4B in 2021 revenue and £31.7M in profit, after moving UK-based subscribers to its British subsidiaries  —  US streaming service behind The Crown and Stranger Things also pays record corporation tax of nearly £7m
Discussion: @scottygb and @jimwaterson
Samanth Subramanian / New Yorker:
How Narendra Modi's BJP and Hindu nationalist groups pressured Bollywood, Amazon Prime Video, and others into self-censorship and making nationalistic content  —  The industry used to honor India's secular ideals—but, since the rise of Narendra Modi, it's been flooded with stock Hindu heroes and Muslim villains.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
A former member of UK parliament files a phone hacking case against Associated Newspapers, the first such legal claim that Daily Mail's parent company is facing  —  Exclusive: Associated Newspapers faces first legal case over alleged voicemail interception  —  The Daily Mail's parent company …
Discussion: @stevejonesnono1 and @jimwaterson
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.
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 More News: 
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
Morgan Sung / NBC News:
At least two TwitchCon attendees say they were severely injured, one breaking her back, after using Lenovo and Intel's shallow foam pit that was set on concrete
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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