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5:35 PM ET, November 30, 2022


 Top News: 
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Chris Licht tells CNN staff that layoffs are underway as part of a strategy shift, starting with “a limited number of individuals”, mostly paid contributors  —  “It will be a difficult time for everyone,” CNN EO Chris Licht told staff in an email Wednesday.
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
The Washington Post will stop publishing its Sunday magazine on December 25, cutting the jobs of 10 staffers; some content will shift to the Style section  —  Executive editor Sally Buzbee said the magazine would end ‘in its current form’ after printing its final issue on Dec. 25.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR says it needs to cut $10M+, or 3% of its budget, from the current fiscal year ending next September 30 and plans to nearly freeze hiring and avoid layoffs  —  NPR will need to cut at least $10 million from the current fiscal year ending next September 30, the network's chief executive …
Ariel Shapiro / The Verge:
Spotify releases Wrapped 2022 for users, adding a “music personality” feature, and says Joe Rogan, Emma Chamberlain, and others were its top podcasters  —  Spotify Wrapped is here, and with it, a slew of year-end charts, data, and graphics ripe for sharing.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Research: women of color are “completely locked out” of the UK news industry and face “extraordinary exclusion” in the US, both in leadership and news coverage  —  Women of colour are “almost completely locked out” of the UK news industry making them “effectively invisible”, a new report has found.
David Z. Morris / CoinDesk:
As FTX collapsed, mainstream news organizations often failed to give a straightforward assessment of exactly what happened and potential crimes involved  —  Sam Bankman-Fried is a con man and fraudster of historic proportions.  But you might not learn that from the New York Times …
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix's Reed Hastings says he was wrong to avoid ads, the Glass Onion theatrical release left money on the table, and streaming competition has become a brawl  —  During a wide-ranging panel discussion, the mogul also said Elon Musk is “the bravest, most creative person on the planet.”
Stephen Engelberg / ProPublica:
ProPublica posts an editor's note about its Wuhan lab story after reevaluating what some called a mistranslation, and says “the totality of reporting” is sound  —  ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power.  Sign up to receive our biggest stories as soon as they're published.
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Around 130,000 UK publishing businesses, covering ~1.75M websites and apps, sue Google and Alphabet for alleged anti-competitive behavior in adtech  —  Litigation against Google and its parent entity Alphabet being brought in the UK on behalf of thousands of digital publishers …
Discussion: Press Gazette, Bloomberg and Reuters
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Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Future reports FY 2022 revenue up 36% YoY to £825M and pre-tax profit up 58% to £170M; total audience grew to 506M, up from 432M YoY, with online users up 3%
Discussion: Future
The Intercept:
Some prominent antifascist organizers and journalists have had Twitter accounts suspended in the past week, after right-wing operatives appealed to Elon Musk
Lydia Polgreen / New York Times:
People can help protect democracy by supporting their local news outlets, rather than spending time on platforms and TV networks that deepen partisan divides
Internal messages: Twitter's EMEA ad revenue dropped 15% YoY and weekly bookings are down 49%; source: Blue is delayed as Twitter seeks to skirt App Store fees
 Earlier Picks: 
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Filing: Disney now owns 100% of streaming tech company BAMTech after paying $900M for MLB's 15% stake in November 2022; Disney acquired a majority stake in 2017
Mark Kennedy / Associated Press:
Apple's 2022 listener data shows the rise of non-English-language songs: 21 non-English songs were in the global Top 100, more than double the number in 2021
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
A look at Post.News, a Twitter alternative with an emphasis on moderation and a plan to let users access news from multiple publishers using micropayments