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5:05 PM ET, February 6, 2023


 Top News: 
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Vinco Ventures and Icon Publishing acquire The National Enquirer from A360 Media for “a little less” than $100M, an April 2019 price that included other outlets  —  The publication has come under scrutiny in recent years over its suppression of stories about Donald Trump in the 2016 campaign.
New York Times:
Penske Media acquires a majority ownership stake in Vox Media; sources: Penske acquired a 20% stake for $100M  —  The deal is the latest in a series of acquisitions and investments made by Penske Media, the owner of a swath of entertainment and trade publications including Rolling Stone and Variety.
Discussion: Variety and Axios
Carrie Blazina / Online News Association:
The Online News Association appoints LaSharah S. Bunting as its CEO and Executive Director, effective March 13; Bunting was most recently a Simon & Schuster VP  —  Journalist, transformational leader, equity advocate will lead organization  —  The Online News Association …
James Vincent / The Verge:
Getty Images sues Stability AI in the US for allegedly copying 12M+ images without permission or compensation for training data used to create Stable Diffusion  —  Getty Images has filed a lawsuit in the US against Stability AI, creators of open-source AI art generator Stable Diffusion, escalating its legal battle against the firm.
James Rainey / Los Angeles Times:
Ken Doctor says his local digital outlet Lookout Santa Cruz is on track to make a profit in 2023 and hopes to expand, probably within California, by early 2024  —  Over many years as a leading media analyst, Ken Doctor spoke out repeatedly about the disintegrating American newspaper business.
Jason Koebler / VICE:
Twitch suspends an AI version of Seinfeld for 14 days after Larry Feinberg, a Jerry Seinfeld clone, made transphobic and homophobic statements in a standup bit  —  “Nothing, Forever,” has been banned for at least 14 days.  —  Jason Koebler  —  “Nothing, Forever,” the infinitely-generating AI version …
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
After Twitter said free API access would end on February 9, Elon Musk promises “a light, write-only API for bots providing good content that is free”  —  Last week, Twitter said it is shutting down free access to its APIs starting February 9.  Now, days before the deadline …
Amudalat Ajasa / Washington Post:
A look at the Black women fighting for years to claim top TV meteorologists roles in the US, some of whom face waves of backlash and hate from viewers  —  For decades, broadcast meteorology has been dominated by White men — leaving out women, and particularly women of color.
William Turvill / Press Gazette:   GB News' CEO says the channel will be “pivoting sharply” toward profit by trimming “wasteful costs” and aims to become the UK's top news channel by 2028
Chan Ho-him / Financial Times:
Matthew Keys / The Desk:
DirecTV says the satellite broadcaster dropped Newsmax since the channel demanded tens of millions in licensing fees, not for “political or ideological” reasons  —  Satellite broadcaster DirecTV said money, not politics or social ideology, was the element that provoked …
Discussion: Next TV and The Streamable, Thanks:@matthewkeyslive
Ed Meza / Variety:
Israeli filmmakers criticize the new government's plan to reserve state funding for films that don't allegedly tarnish the reputation of Israel or its military  —  The Israeli government's efforts to reserve state funding only for films that uphold the regime's far-right agenda is causing growing alarm among local filmmakers.
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Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Staff at Crooked Media, the progressive, independent podcast network behind Pod Save America, unionize through the Writers Guild of America, East
Rana Foroohar / Financial Times:
The US DOJ seeking a jury trial over breaking up Google's ad business is risky in antitrust but a smart way to avoid a judge likely to align with a corporation
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Fox Sports EVP Mark Evans says the outlet sold all its Super Bowl LVII ad inventory the week of January 23, with some peak 30-second spots selling for $7M+
New York Times:
BMG signed and canceled a deal with a French rapper widely condemned in Europe for antisemitic lyrics; documents: the label's involvement was to be kept hidden
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Elizabeth Spiers / New York Times:
Gawker's founding editor says its last iteration read like a literary journal and the original couldn't exist today as mainstream media covers salacious stories
Angela Fu / Poynter:
Gannett ended online comments for most of its ~200 news sites on February 1 as “a safe, moderated” discussion is no longer feasible due to “changes in staffing”
Wall Street Journal:
A look at “de-influencers”, a rising cohort of TikTok users criticizing viral products and promoting thoughtful shopping; #deinfluencing videos passed 68M views
Julia Angwin / The Markup:
The Markup founder Julia Angwin says she is leaving the outlet after five years to pursue other projects; Angwin moved from EIC to editor-at-large in April 2022
Duncan Campbell / Byline Times:
A look at The Nation's refusal to retract a 2017 story saying the 2016 DNC email leak was an inside job, not a Russian hack, and its history of defending Russia