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7:40 PM ET, February 22, 2023


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David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR plans to lay off ~10% of its workforce, or at least 100 people, and eliminate most vacant positions, citing lower ad revenue, particularly for its podcasts  —  HEADLINE: NPR says it's cutting jobs by 10% as ad revenue drops  —  NPR's chief executive announced the network would lay off roughly 10% …
Michael Schneider / Variety:
A profile of Casey Bloys, the CEO of content for HBO and HBO Max, as he oversees the programming on the service combining HBO Max and Discovery+ this spring  —  Casey Bloys was about four years into his tenure as a programming executive at HBO when he was driven to champion a project that was disliked by others at the network.
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
A look at Substack-hosted entertainment business publication Ankler Media, which claims profitability, with ~50% of revenue from subscriptions and ~50% from ads  —  Rushfield's sharp-tongued missives have earned him a bold-faced subscriber list.  ("I read it the second I see it pop up," says Richard Plepler.)
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Artifact, the personalized news reader created by Instagram's co-founders, opens to the public for Android and iOS, with new features and no sign-up required  —  Artifact, the personalized news reader built by Instagram's co-founders, is now open to the public, no sign-up required.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Spotify launches DJ, an AI-powered radio DJ feature that offers curated music and commentary about the tracks and artists in a “stunningly realistic voice”  —  Ahead of Spotify's upcoming Stream On event, where the company is expected to announce a redesigned home feed and other updates …
Blake Brittain / Reuters:
Letter: the US Copyright Office says AI-generated images in a graphic novel, created using Midjourney, should not have been granted copyright protection  —  Images in a graphic novel that were created using the artificial-intelligence system Midjourney should not have been granted copyright protection …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
Sources: Insider CEO Henry Blodget met with Daily Beast execs earlier in February; management later told the Beast union no sale is in the works “at this time”  —  Insider CEO Henry Blodget was spotted earlier this month at the Daily Beast's offices, sparking rumors …
Bill Grueskin / Columbia Journalism Review:
Dominion's filing details Fox News' post-election dysfunction and the channel's troubles for the 2024 election, particularly if Donald Trump wins the nomination  —  b  —  By most appearances, Fox News is a well-managed, tightly run outfit.  It's America's most popular cable news channel …
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