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6:15 PM ET, February 7, 2023


 Top News: 
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Plans by Microsoft and Google to use AI in search increase uncertainty for publishers and raise old questions about the link economy, fair use, and aggregation  —  A dozen years ago, Eric Schmidt forecast the AI pivot that's playing out this week.  And the questions it prompts …
Q&A with 17 TV industry leaders, including Barry Diller, Kevin Mayer, Bela Bajaria, and Jeff Zucker, on bundling, linear TV and cable networks' fate, and more  —  - CNBC asked media insiders, including Barry Diller, Bela Bajaria, Jeff Zucker and Bill Simmons, for their predictions about what TV will be like in three years.
Duncan Campbell / Byline Times:
Freelancer Duncan Campbell details conflicts of interest and long delays during CJR's editing of a piece on The Nation's defense of Russia; CJR blames Campbell  —  How the investigation into The Nation magazine's pro-Russia bias was canned by ‘press watchdog’ the Columbia Journalism Review
Mélissa Godin / The Guardian:
A profile of Elaíze Farias, the editor of Amazônia Real, a digital media outlet focused on covering marginalized people and their rights in the Brazilian Amazon  —  Elaíze Farias, editor of news outlet Amazônia Real, wants her ‘post-colonial’ journalism to put the voices of marginalised people first
Matthew Keys / Radio Ink:
In a first, NPR will offer member stations and listeners bilingual coverage of the SOTU address; journalist A Martínez will host the Spanish-language coverage  —  NPR will offer member stations and listeners bilingual coverage of the State of the Union address for the first time.
Joseph Cox / VICE:
Voice actors say they are increasingly being asked to sign away their voices' rights so clients can make synthetic AI versions that may eventually replace them  —  Motherboard spoke to multiple voice actors and advocacy organizations, some of which said contracts including language around synthetic voices are now very prevalent.
Inside Radio:
Radio Advertising Bureau: digital sales grew 21.1% YoY to hit $1.8B in 2022, or 19% of ad revenue, from $85,064 for a small station to $1.2M for a large station  —  The radio industry is poised to hit $2 billion in digital sales this year, according to RAB's newly released 11th annual benchmarking report …
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
A look at Disney documentary division ABC News Studios, which feeds ABC, Disney+, Hulu, and more; source: the unit is already profitable after a 2022 launch  —  With premieres at Sundance and SXSW, a growing slate and profitability, the in-house studio is a textbook example of media companies adapting to a streaming-first world.
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
DAZN signs a 10-year deal with the NFL to distribute regular, postseason, and Super Bowl games outside the US, excluding China, starting in the 2023/2024 season  —  NFL's Game Pass International service to be available in most of the world—but not China  —  The National Football League …
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John Ourand / Sports Business Journal:
The Super Bowl won't have crypto ads in 2023 as FTX and others back out after buying several spots early; crypto companies had around five spots in 2022's game
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Tom Brady plans to join Fox Sports as the lead NFL analyst in the fall of 2024, “take some time to really learn” the job, and catch up on his personal life
 Earlier Picks: 
Loree Seitz / The Wrap:
Nielsen: the 2023 Grammys attracted 12.4M viewers across CBS' live broadcast and Paramount+ livestream, up 30% YoY and drawing its largest audience since 2020
Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
AMC Theatres introduces ticket prices based on seat location, pricing seats in the middle of the auditorium higher, coming to all US theaters by the end of 2023
New York Times:
Penske Media announces a strategic investment in Vox Media; sources: Penske acquired a ~20% stake for $100M, becoming the largest shareholder of Vox Media
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