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10:40 AM ET, November 9, 2022


 Top News: 
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Twitter begins labeling select accounts “Official” as part of its Blue update; not all previously verified accounts will get the label, which won't be for sale  —  Twitter is rolling out another type of check mark to help distinguish accounts that users actually need to know are real.
Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times:
Journalists rethink using Twitter due to uncertainty around identity verification and its utility for reporting; Twitter's traffic-boosting value has been minor  —  The complaints, fears and angst surrounding changes at troubled tech giant Twitter began unraveling on its own platform …
Steven Perlberg / Insider:
Bloomberg doesn't plan to cover staff's Twitter Blue verification and CNN says it's “highly unlikely”; Puck calls the cost an extension of its marketing budget
Sarah Whitten / CNBC:
Disney misses on Q4 revenue, up 9% YoY to $20.15B vs. $21.24B est., but adds 12.1M Disney+ subscribers for a total of 164.2M, vs. 160.45M est.; stock down 10%+  —  - Disney reports earnings after the market closes on Tuesday.  — The company will hold an earnings conference call at 4:30 p.m. ET.
Lauren Forristal / TechCrunch:
Disney hit 235.7M global streaming subscribers in its Q4, above Netflix's 223.1M in its Q3; Disney+ had 164.2M subscribers, Hulu had 47.2M, and ESPN+ had 24.3M  —  Disney reported results for the final quarter of its 2022 fiscal year today, revealing a total of 164.2 million Disney+ global subscribers …
Patrick Frater / Variety:   Media Partners Asia: Disney+ overtook Hulu as Japan's third largest streamer in Q3, with 3.6M subscribers, ahead of Amazon Prime Video's ~16.5M and Netflix's 7M
Jem Aswad / Variety:
YouTube says Music and Premium together have 80M+ paying subscribers, up from 50M in September 2021, and payments to creators and others reached $50B since 2019  —  It's a dramatic leap, especially for a platform where so much can be had for free, and would seem to place YouTube …
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
A look at free news channels: NBC News Now averages 34M streaming hours per month in 2022, up 55% YoY; ABC News had 41M streaming hours in September, up 73% YoY  —  If TV news legends Walter Cronkite or David Brinkley were alive and still reporting today, you probably would be watching them on a streaming channel.
Discussion: @latimes
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Netflix bid on some ATP tennis tour streaming rights but dropped out and has considered bidding on other sports events or buying lower-profile leagues  —  Streaming giant eyes sports like tennis and surfing; Co-CEO Reed Hastings has been wary of rising costs for rights
Jon Keegan / The Markup:
A look at data brokers selling “comprehensive” profiles of potential voters to campaigns, including phone geolocation data gleaned from real-time auctions  —  Before you got in line on Election Day, the emerging and largely unregulated political tracking industry was able to trace your movements
Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
ITV reports external revenue for January to September rose 6% YoY to £2.52B, ITV Studios rose 16% YoY to £1.39B, and Q3 ad revenue fell 14%  —  But ITV Studios revenue grew 16 percent over the first nine months.  —  U.K. TV giant ITV reported a 14 drop in third-quarter advertising …
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
UK police arrested an LBC reporter and two photographers, who were covering a protest by Just Stop Oil on the M25 highway, on Tuesday  —  A documentary photographer, a press photographer and a reporter for LBC were arrested and detained by police yesterday for filming an eco-protest by Just Stop Oil on the M25.
Manori Ravindran / Variety:
BBC Studios takes full ownership of Voltage TV, which makes documentaries for the BBC, ITV, Netflix, and Amazon Prime, by acquiring Channel 4's minority stake  —  BBC Studios has taken full ownership of British factual producer Voltage TV, whose credits include “Inside the Factory” and “The British Tribe Next Door.”
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Thania Garcia / Variety:
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David Gritten / BBC:
Iranian security forces made “credible” threats to two journalists for UK-based Persian-language TV channel Iran International, per parent company Volant Media
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Live programming from NBC and all 210 local NBC affiliates TV stations will begin streaming on Peacock Premium Plus in the US on November 30
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