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5:40 PM ET, January 24, 2023


 Top News: 
News Corp:
Rupert Murdoch withdraws his proposal to combine News Corp and Fox Corp, saying that “a combination is not optimal for shareholders” of both companies  —  News Corporation ("News Corp" or the “Company") (Nasdaq: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) announced today that the Company's Board …
Steve Waldman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Local journalism groups representing 3,000+ newsrooms form Rebuild Local News, a new nonprofit dedicated to public policy initiatives aiming to save local news  —  It's understandable that the idea that government should help save local media makes many journalists' skin crawl.
Joseph Berger / New York Times:
Victor Navasky, a witty and contrarian journalist who for 27 years was either editor or publisher of the left-leaning magazine The Nation, dies at 90  —  Witty and contrarian, he was the longtime editor and later publisher of The Nation and wrote an acclaimed book about the Hollywood blacklisting era.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
The Washington Post lays off 20 newsroom employees and shuts down its gaming vertical Launcher; Executive Editor Sally Buzbee says 30 open roles won't be filled  —  The Washington Post on Tuesday became the latest media company to conduct layoffs, people familiar with the matter said …
Amy B Wang / Washington Post:
In his new book, Mike Pompeo calls Jamal Khashoggi an activist, not a journalist, which The Washington Post's Fred Ryan says is a shameful “ploy to sell books”  —  In a new book, former secretary of state Mike Pompeo derides the idea that Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributing columnist …
Edward Ludlow / Bloomberg:
Reddit promotes Harold Klaje to be its first chief revenue officer; Klaje joined in 2020 and expanded advertising to markets like the UK, Germany, and Australia  —  Social media company Reddit Inc. has made several changes to its executive ranks about a year after filing for an initial public offering.
Clayton Davis / Variety:
The 2023 Oscars fail to nominate any women for directing, after Chloé Zhao won the award in 2021 for Nomadland and Jane Campion won in 2022 for Power of the Dog  —  The Oscars failed to nominate any women for directing this year, following two consecutive years of women winning the category.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
An interview with Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution CTO Aaron LaBerge on the Disney Ad Server, which shows ~500M Hulu and Disney+ ad impressions per day  —  Aaron LaBerge, chief technology officer of the Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) division …
American Journalism Project:
The American Journalism Project announces its first three 2023 grants, $3.25M total to local nonprofit news organizations in North Carolina, Texas, and Nebraska  —  The American Journalism Project announced its first three new grants of 2023 to nonprofit news organizations that aim to reach …
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Netflix, Apple, and Amazon accounted for 19 Oscars nominations, down from 37 in 2022, and only one streaming title got more than one nomination  —  Despite all of the uncertainty about the future of theatrical distribution, streaming services collectively took a step back in this year's Oscar race …
Leah Nylen / Bloomberg:
The DOJ sues Google, joined by California and seven other US states, calling for the breakup of its ad tech business that allegedly monopolizes the US ad market  —  The US Justice Department and eight states sued Alphabet Inc.'s Google, calling for the break up of the search giant's ad-technology business …
Kristin Robinson / Billboard:
Hipgnosis confirms buying the music rights to Justin Bieber's catalog up to 2022, a source says for just over $200M, a record for an artist from his generation  —  The deal is the biggest yet for any artist of his generation.  —  Hipgnosis Songs Capital has closed its deal to buy 100% …
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Sources: Vox Media seeks to raise around $200M to acquire new assets and possibly spin off others; source: Vox is discussing a cash infusion from CVC Capital
Cristina Criddle / Financial Times:
A look at the challenge of moderating livestreams for children and vulnerable users, even if age verification can be improved and privacy concerns addressed
Joe Mandese / MediaPost:
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Natalie Allison / Politico:
A look at Miami-based Americano Media, launched in March 2022 and called “Fox News in Spanish” by its CEO, and its plans to grow and cover the 2024 US election
Lachlan Cartwright / The Daily Beast:
Sources: ABC News is considering offloading Nate Silver and FiveThirtyEight, which faces renewed scrutiny for polling data selections, as ABC looks to cut costs
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
Schools tell teachers in Manatee County, Florida to make their classroom libraries unavailable until they are “vetted” by librarians, or risk felony prosecution
Mark Gurman / Bloomberg:
Sources: Apple has discussed making VR content with some media partners, including Disney, and is working to update Apple TV+ content to work with its headset
Jon Christian / Futurism:
An investigation finds extensive evidence that AI used by CNET appears to have plagiarized the work of competitors and human writers at Bankrate and even CNET
Eva Mathews / Reuters:
Spotify plans to lay off ~6% of its workforce, or ~600 jobs, says content and ad head Dawn Ostroff is leaving, and reorganizes its engineering and product units