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3:00 PM ET, October 31, 2022


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Analysis: how Google's ad business funnels revenue to prolific purveyors of health, election, and climate disinformation in Europe, Latin America, and Africa  —  Google is funneling revenue to some of the web's most prolific purveyors of false information in Europe, Latin America and Africa, a ProPublica investigation has found.
Ben Smith / Semafor:
The Wire says the Delhi Police searched its office and the homes of four editors due to a complaint by BJP's Amit Malviya alleging cheating, forgery, and more  —  The searches were conducted in relation to a complaint filed by BJP leader Amit Malviya, founding editor of the website MK Venu told
Daniel Rosney / BBC:
The BBC plans to cut 48 jobs in local radio, causing 39 networks in England to share programs from 2PM to 6AM, as the broadcaster prioritizes digital content  —  BBC local radio stations will have a significant number of programmes cut under new plans, the corporation has announced.
Ben Smith / Semafor:
Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith becomes a senior advisor to Emerson Collective, one of the top local news funding sources that has given $60M+ in grants since 2016  —  Evan Smith, the CEO and co-founder of the Texas Tribune, will be a senior advisor to Emerson, which has emerged …
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
Chartbeat: in 2022, traffic from Google News and other aggregators fell to ~14% of traffic referred by social, search, and links, down from 18% to 20% in 2020  —  Three years ago, publisher analytics firm Chartbeat saw news aggregators becoming the fastest growing traffic referral source.
Sarah Sluis / AdExchanger:
Bloomberg launches Audience Accelerator, a first-party ad platform built using a data lake with info about its 450,000 subscribers and 5M registered users  —  Bloomberg Media just turned off third-party ads on its site.  But as it shuts the door to open-market programmatic, Bloomberg is opening a first-party data advertising platform.
Lynette Rice / Deadline:
Peacock partners with Hallmark Media to stream live and on-demand programming from the Hallmark Channel, Movies & Mysteries, and Drama, its first such deal  —  Peacock has closed a pact with Hallmark Media to stream live and on-demand programming from Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and Hallmark Drama.
Andrew Marchand / New York Post:
Amazon plans to launch a 12-hour daily lineup of sports talk shows, with seven shows available for free on Prime Video and its other audio and visual platforms  —  MORE FROM:  —  In its continued effort to become a full-time destination for sports, Amazon will have its own lineup …
Sophie Zeldin-O'Neill / The Guardian:
The UK's new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak hires Amber de Botton, the head of UK news at ITV News, as his director of communications  —  Journalist Amber de Botton takes special adviser role for new prime minister  —  Rishi Sunak has hired Amber de Botton as his director of communications …
Chris Davis / WTVF-TV:
The Nashville Banner, which served the city for 122 years until 1998, plans to relaunch as a nonprofit news site with Scripps' local TV station as its partner  —  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — In Demetria Kalodimos's office, a motto can be found all over: Real people, true stories.
Discussion: @henryrothenberg and MediaPost
General Motors suspends its paid advertising on Twitter as the car company evaluates the “direction of the platform under their new ownership”  —  - General Motors is suspending its advertising on Twitter following Elon Musk's takeover of the social media platform.
Eli Pariser / Wired:
Elon Musk's ad-dependent Twitter isn't the global town square democracies need; we need an overlapping ecosystem of smaller publicly owned digital social spaces
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Among tech companies, Twitter has been the biggest defender of online free speech, globally; fired head of legal and policy Vijaya Gadde drove much of that work
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James Fallows / Breaking the News:
US mainstream media cannot properly adapt to the realities of our times, and criticism is not working; the focus should instead be on building something new
Karl Bode / Techdirt:
Renewed calls from telecom giants to tax companies like Netflix in the US and the EU over costs for traffic usage is set to reignite the net neutrality wars
Attila Mong / Committee to Protect Journalists:
In Greece, unsolved journalist murders, threats such as arson attacks, and wiretapping of reporters' phones are worsening a climate of fear and self-censorship
Jonathan M. Katz / The Racket:
Erik Wemple's reassessment of The New York Times firing James Bennet over the Tom Cotton op-ed is part of an effort to rewrite the 2020 civil rights protests
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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
A US federal district court judge orders Starbucks union organizers in western New York to give Starbucks their messages to journalists; the union has appealed
Liz Robbins / Poynter:
A look at the “piecemeal” coverage of immigrant communities in North Carolina, where, out of nearly 300 media outlets, three reporters are dedicated to the beat
Alex Heath / The Verge:
CNBC and Bloomberg ran headlines saying Elon Musk cut Twitter staff, based on two people with boxes outside the company's office; one used a meme as his name