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12:00 PM ET, January 30, 2023


 Top News: 
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Q&A with CNN chairman and CEO Chris Licht on giving correspondents more airtime, plans for a topical comedy talk show, interviewing GOP lawmakers, and more  —  Slumping ratings, cost-cutting, show cancellations and — comedy?  —  The path of CNN has been a bit rocky since it became part …
Ben Smith / Semafor:
The News Movement, a social media-first news outlet led by former BBC and News Corp executives, acquires video news startup The Recount for undisclosed equity  —  The News Movement, a video news organization started by former top executives at the BBC and News Corp., is hoping to establish …
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Kantar: UK households with at least one streaming subscription fell from 17.1M in 2021 to 16.24M in 2022; the total number of subscriptions fell by 2M to 28.5M  —  Small recovery at end of 2022 likely to be short-lived, with Netflix's new ads package failing to reignite growth
Discussion: Reuters
Russell Brandom / Rest of World:
The BBC issuing copyright takedowns to platforms hosting copies of its Narendra Modi documentary may unintentionally aid the impact of India's censorship orders  —  Copyright claims by the BBC are making a bad situation worse.  —  For just over a week, India's Ministry of Information …
Meredith Blake / Los Angeles Times:
Q&A with Nikole Hannah-Jones on adapting The 1619 Project into a six-episode Hulu docuseries, responding to critics, incorporating her family history, and more  —  When “The 1619 Project” was released 3½ years ago, the ambitious reexamination of American history sparked difficult conversations …
CNN aired raw police body cam footage of Tyre Nichols' fatal arrest first, as MSNBC, Fox News, and others were initially cautious in showing the graphic video  —  CNN went first, but other cable news outlets were cautious today in showing the horrific police body cam video footage of the fatal January 7 arrest of Tyre Nichols.
Sophie Vershbow / Esquire:
Authors, editors, agents, booksellers, and others worry about the potential final days of #BookTwitter, a community creating book deals, friendships, and more  —  “It feels like the castle we made is being swept off the table by a billionaire's tantrum,” one writer says.
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Mustafa Abu Sneineh / Middle East Eye:
BBC Arabic, the BBC's first non-English radio service, closes after 85 years, as part of a September 2022 announcement of cost cutting and a shift to digital
Wall Street Journal:
Documents and sources: Meta sees a path to recovery using AI tools that boost views of Reels, improve ad targeting even with less available user data, and more
Joseph Kapsch / The Wrap:
Nielsen: CNN notched its lowest ratings in nine years for January 16-22, averaging 444,000 primetime viewers, below 450,000 for the first time since May 2014
Kyle Wiggers / TechCrunch:
Google researchers detail AI model MusicLM, which can generate high-fidelity music in any genre from text and was trained on a dataset of 280K hours of music
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
ABC News says T.J. Holmes and Amy Robach will move on from the network; ABC suspended the Good Morning America anchors in December after their romance surfaced
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Stuart A. Thompson / New York Times:
Analysis: Truth Social's ads sell diet pills, gun accessories, and Trump-themed trinkets, showing the difficulty far-right platforms face in luring large brands
Charlie Hall / Polygon:
Dungeons & Dragons' publisher abandons plans to alter the Open Gaming License and plans to move its Systems Reference Document to a Creative Commons license
The US DOJ announces charges against three people for plotting to kill New York-based Iranian American journalist Masih Alinejad, who has been targeted by Iran