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2:20 PM ET, October 11, 2022


 Top News: 
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.
John Reed / Financial Times:
An in-depth look at India's crackdown on freedom of expression under Narendra Modi, driven by legal threats and intimidation, and the impact on media outlets  —  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.
Richard Lawler / The Verge:
CNN closes its “Vault by CNN” NFT project, opened in 2021 to let anyone “own a piece of history”, and plans to compensate users with FLOW tokens or stablecoins  —  You may have already forgotten about it, but Vault by CNN launched in the summer of 2021 as a marketplace …
Matthew Belloni / Puck:
Nikki Finke, who presented herself as a no-bullshit reporter, perverted the profession by blackmailing sources and weaponizing the internet to push her agenda  —  Finke presented herself as a no-bullshit reporter who kept Hollywood moguls honest, and we all found her copy completely irresistible.
Mark Stenberg / Adweek:
Bloomberg Media plans to stop serving open-market third-party programmatic display ads in 2023 and stop using Taboola to improve the user experience  —  The publisher will use the inventory, in part, to promote other product offerings  —  The business news publisher Bloomberg Media …
New York Times:
Kantar: ad revenue for the four US late-night talk shows fell 16% YoY to $253.6M in H1 2022; sources: NBC mulls moving Seth Meyers' show to Peacock or MSNBC  —  Big changes are coming to the longtime staple of television programming, as the genre struggles to make the leap to the streaming world.
Alex Barker / Financial Times:
The UK's Reach says the marketing blackout after the Queen's death caused print advertising to drop by almost a third and digital revenue by 8% in September  —  Reach's print advertising drops by a third in September and digital revenues slide  —  The publisher of the Daily Express …
Discussion: Press Gazette and HoldtheFrontPage
Lesley Goldberg / The Hollywood Reporter:
Legendary Television President Chris Albrecht has been placed on leave; a new book details an incident at HBO where Albrecht allegedly disparaged a staffer  —  According to material viewed by THR from a forthcoming book about HBO, the former network chairman allegedly disparaged a staffer who took a settlement after he choked her.
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:
Sources: Netflix taps Integral Ad Science and DoubleVerify as its first partners to analyze ad views when the company starts running ads in the coming months  —  Streaming giant brings in DoubleVerify and Integral Ad Science to analyze ad views  —  Netflix has recognized the need …
Discussion: @garettsloane and The Drum
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube announces “handles”, letting creators identify their channel using the @username format across channel pages, video descriptions, comments, and Shorts  —  YouTube is making it easier for creators to direct viewers to their channels.  The company today announced “handles …
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Trefor Moss / Wall Street Journal:
Denmark-based Lego owner Kirkbi acquires NYC-based Brainpop, which makes short educational animated videos and other materials for US schools, for $875M
NBC News:
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Philippine Court of Appeals denies Maria Ressa and Reynaldo Santos' motion for reconsideration in their cyber libel case
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Rebecca Ratcliffe / The Guardian:
CNN apologizes after Thai police and journalists condemned its use of blood-stained floor footage when covering the nursery killings in north-eastern Thailand
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
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