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5:25 PM ET, January 22, 2023


 Top News: 
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Q&A with Netflix co-CEOs Greg Peters and Ted Sarandos about shared leadership, what role Reed Hastings may play, adding FAST channels, the ad tier, and more  —  So that's what an orderly transfer of power looks like.  —  While Disney chief Bob Iger ousted every potential threat …
Hamish Morrison / The National:
Report: BBC chairman Richard Sharp helped Boris Johnson secure a loan of £800,000 just weeks before the former prime minister recommended him for the job  —  BBC chairman Richard Sharp reportedly helped Boris Johnson secure a loan of £800,000 just weeks before he was recommended for the role by the then-prime minister.
Jocelyn Noveck / Associated Press:
Anti-harassment org Time's Up, often accused of aligning with Hollywood's rich and powerful, will halt operations and shift its remaining ~$1.7M to a legal fund  —  The Golden Globes carpet typically glitters with crystal-studded gowns in pastel hues, but it looked different in January 2018 …
Mia Galuppo / The Hollywood Reporter:
An interview with Doug Liman, the director of “Justice”, on making the documentary about Brett Kavanaugh in secret, its surprise screening at Sundance, more  —  The filmmaker kept his project under wraps with the help of NDAs and a commitment to self-financing …
Shira Stein / San Francisco Chronicle:
A look at the San Francisco Inquirer, launched by an NY consultant to look like a local news site and pressure lawmakers into supporting a Bay Area-based tribe  —  WASHINGTON — A New York consultant who reportedly published false news articles about political figures has created a website called …
Nilesh Christopher / Rest of World:
Creators from India's hinterland are going viral on YouTube Shorts and running into copyright issues for “fact channels” that add context to other users' videos  —  A new generation of creators found success on YouTube Shorts.  Now, YouTube is after them for violating its community guidelines.
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Comscore: Variety averaged 28.5M unique monthly users in 2022, beating all other trade news sites and eclipsing Vanity Fair and Entertainment Weekly audiences  —, the online home of entertainment business magazine Variety, scored record-breaking traffic in 2022.
Discussion: Variety
Ariel Shapiro / The Verge:
Listen Notes: ~219K podcasts were created in 2022, down nearly 80% from a peak of ~1M in 2020 and lower than the pre-pandemic high of ~337K in 2019  —  Hope you all had a great weekend!  We've got some big Hot Pod Summit updates for you all, as well as the latest in audio news.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Memo: Vox Media is laying off 7% of its staff, or ~133 people, across editorial, revenue, operations, and core services, after cutting 39 positions in July 2022  —  Vox Media is laying off 7% of its staff, according to a memo sent internally from CEO Jim Bankoff, obtained by Axios.
Emily Baker-White / Forbes:
According to six employees and an internal doc, TikTok and ByteDance staff engage in “heating”, or inflating video view counts, to court influencers and brands  —  TikTok and ByteDance employees regularly engage in “heating,” a manual push that ensures specific videos …
Ronan Shields / Digiday:
Sources: Google is directing advertisers to work with third-party resellers directly to reduce its ad services overhead and position itself as a SaaS outfit  —  Alphabet today has confirmed that it plans to cut 12,000 jobs, reportedly the largest round of layoffs in its history …
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Ashutosh Joshi / Bloomberg:
Indian government asks Twitter and YouTube to take down videos and tweets about a BBC documentary on 2002 religious riots in Modi's home state of Gujarat
Mia Sato / The Verge:
In a staff call, CNET and Red Ventures executives said they were pausing AI-generated content on CNET and other websites and detailed their proprietary AI tool
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
An interview with Vice Media CEO Nancy Dubuc on her and investors' plans to sell the company; source: Vice had ~$600M revenue in 2022, below its $700M target
 Earlier Picks: 
The Hollywood Reporter:
Penske Media and Japan's Hersey Shiga Global launch The Hollywood Reporter Japan, which will offer translated entertainment industry news and original reporting
Discussion: PMC and MediaPost
Bron Maher / Press Gazette:
Twitter is testing a feature for verified journalists that adds their publication's logo, linked to the outlet's main Twitter account, next to blue checkmarks
Ayenat Mersie / Reuters:
Rwandan journalist and government critic John Williams Ntwali died on January 18 in a car accident; activists and journalists question the official narrative