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10:40 PM ET, February 16, 2023


 Top News: 
The Daily Beast:
Memo: The New York Times Executive Editor Joe Kahn defends the outlet's trans coverage and warns staff and contributors not to campaign or attack colleagues  —  “We do not welcome, and will not tolerate, participation by Times journalists” in protests over the paper's coverage of trans issues, its executive editor wrote.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Thousands sign a letter protesting The New York Times' coverage of trans people, coordinated with a letter from GLAAD; a NYT statement defends the outlet's work  —  This story has been updated with a statement from The New York Times.  —  In the past year, page A1 of The New York Times …
Peter Kafka / Vox:
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki plans to step down after nine years, to be replaced by Neal Mohan as SVP and head of YouTube; Wojcicki was Google's 16th employee  —  One of the most prominent women in tech — and one of Google's earliest employees — is leaving the company.
New York Times:
A new filing in Dominion's defamation case against Fox News reveals more comments by hosts and executives privately showing disbelief in stolen election claims  —  The comments, by Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and others, were released as part of a defamation suit against Fox News by Dominion Voter Systems.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Paramount reports Q4 revenue up 2% YoY to $8.1B, operating income down 93% YoY to $182M, TV Media down 7% YoY to $5.9B, and DTC up 30% YoY to $1.4B  —  The New York owner of the CBS broadcast network and the Paramount movie studio said that the costs of generating gains in streaming crimped …
Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
Paramount reports 77M+ global streaming subscribers in Q4, up from 67M in Q3 2022, nearly 56M Paramount+ subscribers, and 78.5M Pluto TV MAUs, up by 6.5M QoQ  —  The conglomerate, led by CEO Bob Bakish, in its fourth-quarter results touts higher streaming revenue.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Paramount plans to hike the price of Paramount+ with ads from $4.99 to $5.99 per month and the premium tier with Showtime from $9.99 to $11.99 per month in 2023
Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify plans a new homepage for March 2023, which lets listeners vertically swipe through music, podcast, and audiobook recommendations that play automatically  —  Hello and welcome back to Soundbite.  This week we're previewing what Spotify will announce at its Stream On event.
Reggie Ugwu / New York Times:
A look at the podcast industry, as a faltering ad market and recession fears increase the reluctance to fund projects without a path to short-term profitability  —  “The dumb money era is over” as layoffs, budget cuts and scuttled deals challenge a long-booming industry.
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Atlanta-based Capital B, the one-year-old nonprofit news outlet for Black Americans that has raised $12M, announces plans for a second newsroom in Gary, Indiana  —  Capital B, the one-year-old nonprofit news startup for Black Americans, has announced plans to launch its second local newsroom in Gary, Indiana.
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Erika Wheless / Ad Age:
TikTok quietly launches its in-app shopping checkout feature in the US; apparel brands Pacsun, Revolve, and Willow Boutique seem to be among the pilot partners  —  Pacsun and Revolve appear to be among the pilot brands  —  TikTok has quietly launched its shop pilot in the U.S. …
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Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Meta launches Instagram Channels, a broadcast chat feature that lets select US creators share public, one-to-many text, images, and more with their followers
Alyssa Lukpat / Wall Street Journal:
Ryan Seacrest is leaving ABC's talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan after joining in 2017; Disney says he will be replaced by Kelly Ripa's husband, Mark Consuelos
Ohio's attorney general says charges against NewsNation reporter Evan Lambert have been dismissed; Lambert was arrested on February 8 at a press conference
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The Guardian:
France's BFMTV suspended presenter Rachid M'Barki in January and launched an internal probe into news packages linked to Israeli disinformation unit Team Jorge
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Newsmax is complaining on air and online about DirecTV dropping the channel; any new deal can affect the terms of Newsmax's pacts with other pay TV providers