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9:10 AM ET, January 31, 2023


 Top News: 
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Q&A with CNN chairman and CEO Chris Licht on giving correspondents more airtime, no 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 …
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
CNN plans to air Bill Maher's Overtime, the offshoot of his HBO show Real Time, at 11:30pm ET on Friday nights, after new Real Time episodes air on HBO at 10pm  —  The offshoot of the HBO show ‘Real Time’ will air on CNN Fridays at 11:30 p.m. … The host of HBO's weekly late night series Real …
Matt Tamanini / The Streamable:
Paramount Global plans to merge its Showtime streaming service with Paramount+'s ad-free tier later in 2023 and call the new offering Paramount+ with SHOWTIME  —  It's been a long time coming, but later this year, Paramount Global will finally fully integrate the streaming arm …
Max Goldbart / Deadline:
The first BBC-commissioned impartiality report says that BBC News journalists' failure to understand “basic economics” is bringing a “high risk to impartiality”  —  BBC News' journalists failure to understand “basic economics” is bringing a “high risk to impartiality,” according to a BBC-commissioned report.
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 …
Julia Mueller / The Hill:
Donald Trump sues Bob Woodward over audio recordings for Woodward's book Rage that Trump says he didn't agree could be used in an audiobook, The Trump Tapes  —  Former President Trump is suing journalist Bob Woodward over interview recordings that Trump alleges he didn't agree could be included in an audiobook.
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Penguin Random House CEO Madeline McIntosh is stepping down after four years, making her the third senior executive to leave PRH in the last two months  —  Madeline McIntosh is third top executive to leave company in past two months  —  Madeline McIntosh said she is stepping down as chief executive …
Leonard Downie Jr / Washington Post:
In interviews with 75+ journalists and media experts, a Washington Post ex-executive editor finds that newsrooms that move beyond “objectivity” can build trust  —  Leonard Downie Jr., a former executive editor of The Washington Post, is a professor at the Walter Cronkite School …
Wall Street Journal:
If the US wins its antitrust Google case, a spinoff is more likely than a sale, valuing the ad businesses at tens of billions and giving advertisers more choice  —  If government prevails, an asset spinoff is thought to be more likely than a sale  —  Google spent the better part …
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Australia plans to add content quotas for video streaming services in the middle of 2024, as part of a five-year plan to reset the country's cultural strategy  —  Australia will introduce content quotas for video streaming platforms from the middle of next year, the federal government said on Monday.
Anne Kauranen / Reuters:
Finnish, Norwegian, Danish, and Icelandic unions quit the IFJ, accusing the union of undemocratic practices, unethical finances, and other “corruptive activity”  —  Finnish, Norwegian, Danish and Icelandic unions will quit a global media federation on Tuesday in protest at …
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Cecilia D'Anastasio / Bloomberg:
A look at Spanish-language livestreaming growth on Twitch; the platform's audience for Spanish, its fastest-growing language, grew sixfold from 2019 to 2022
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Joseph Cox / VICE:
ElevenLabs found an uptick in “voice cloning misuse cases” during its recent beta; 4chan users made deepfake voices of Joe Rogan, Ben Sharpio, and Emma Watson
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
How Barnes & Noble came back from near death, as the company plans to open 30 new stores in 2023 and is increasingly seen as an ally of indie booksellers
 Earlier Picks: 
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Kantar: UK households with at least one streaming subscription fell from 17.12M in 2021 to 16.24M in 2022 and total subscriptions fell by 2M+ to 28.5M in 2022
Discussion: Reuters
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
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

From Techmeme:

Meta says it is testing its Meta AI chatbot with WhatsApp, Instagram, and Messenger users in India and parts of Africa

Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
Elon Musk's xAI previews Grok-1.5 Vision, its first multimodal model, and says the AI model will be available soon to “early testers and existing Grok users”

Wes Davis / The Verge:
Bluesky says it is now allowing heads of state to sign up, and adds features including hashtags in profile bios and the ability to long press a link to share

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