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6:25 AM ET, October 24, 2022


 Top News: 
The Wire:
The Wire retracts two recent stories about Meta's XCheck program and says it is using “independent external experts” to investigate its coverage  —  Earlier this week, The Wire announced its decision to conduct an internal review of its recent coverage of Meta, especially the sources and materials involved in our reporting.
Fox Chief Legal Officer Viet Dinh lacked a California law license for nearly four years, which may open more communications to discovery in defamation cases  —  Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch's top lawyer spent nearly four years without a license to practice law in California …
Miklos Bolza / AAP:
An Australian judge declines to throw out Crikey's public interest defense in Lachlan Murdoch's defamation lawsuit; the trial is scheduled for March 27, 2023
Dake Kang / Associated Press:
A profile of Wang Zhi'an, a former CCTV investigative journalist who fled China to Japan amid Xi's crackdown, and built large followings on Twitter and YouTube  —  Investigative journalist Wang Zhi'an once exposed corruption, land seizures, and medical malpractice in China …
Discussion: @martijnrasser
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Disney and F1 sign a new US media rights deal through the 2025 season to air 16+ races on ABC and ESPN each season commercial-free, including streaming on ESPN+  —  The deal will see ABC, ESPN and ESPN+ air F1 races through the 2025 season.  —  Formula 1 is staying with Disney.
Nathan Grayson / Washington Post:
Following Comcast's abrupt shutdown of G4 on October 16, former employees describe a directionless gaming network and its leadership's ever-shifting priorities  —  Constant pivots, high costs and controversy bedeviled the directionless network in the lead-up to its collapse.
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Joseph Bien-Kahn / Bloomberg:
A profile of Joe Berlinger, who helped redefine crime docuseries as social justice vehicles, as he rides Netflix's wave of popularity for serial killer stories
Perry Vandell / Arizona Republic:
Over 60 former journalists in Arizona sign a statement condemning anti-media rhetoric and “bold disregard for facts, reality, and truth” by some GOP candidates
Ellise Shafer / Variety:
Spotify says Taylor Swift's 10th album, Midnights, broke the service's record for the most-streamed album in a single day
Marie Woolf / Globe and Mail:
Meta threatens to block sharing news content on Facebook in Canada if a proposed federal bill forcing tech giants to pay media outlets for links becomes law
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Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
An evaluation of a merged News Corp and Fox, valued at $9.7B and $16B respectively, which if reunified could approach Warner Bros. Discovery's $30B market cap
Jennifer Korn / CNN:
When researchers submitted 20 ads with “blatant” voting misinformation, TikTok approved 90%, Facebook approved a “significant number”, and YouTube approved zero
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Survey: 52% of US respondents think advertising should be news outlets' largest source of funding and 26% have ever paid for news or donated money to an outlet