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2:05 PM ET, February 28, 2023


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Court docs: in a January 2023 deposition, Rupert Murdoch said that several Fox News hosts endorsed the lie that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump  —  Rupert Murdoch, the conservative media mogul, spoke under oath last month in a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit against Fox by Dominion Voting Systems.
Washington Post:
Fox News host Howard Kurtz, who anchors a weekly show on the media industry, told viewers on Sunday that the network won't let him cover the Dominion lawsuit
Fox News lawsuit filing: Dominion alleges that Rupert Murdoch gave Jared Kushner confidential info about Joe Biden's political ads and debate strategy in 2020
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Source: Jonathan Capehart quit the Washington Post's editorial board in December over an editorial on the Georgia senate runoff, leaving the board with no POC  —  Jonathan Capehart quit the Washington Post editorial board after a dispute over an editorial about 2024 politics …
Financial Times:
Some marketers worry that Meta's AI-based Advantage+ ad tool, added after Apple's ATT to generate multiple ads, forces them to relinquish too much control  —  Social network claims successes with tool to counteract Apple's privacy changes that resulted in billions in lost revenue
James Pomfret / Reuters:
Two Reuters reporters were impersonated on Telegram, Instagram, and other sites to gain details about activists' protests against China's COVID-19 controls  —  Two Reuters journalists had their identities faked by an unknown person or people who then used sham social media accounts to engage …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Substack says its newsletters have 20M+ monthly active subscribers and 2M paid subscriptions, up from 1M in November 2021, as Big Tech rival offerings shutter  —  There are more than 2 million paid subscriptions to writers on Substack, Axios has learned — up from 1 million last reported in November 2021.
Jennifer Maas / Variety:
Nexstar reports 2022 revenue up 12.1% YoY to $5.21B, Q4 net revenue up 19.3% YoY to $1.49B, and political ad revenue of $265.9M, up 1,306.9% due to the midterms  —  Nexstar reported its fourth-quarter 2022 earnings Tuesday, revealing its core ad sales fell 3.3% from Oct. 1-Dec. 31 …
Bojan Pancevski / Wall Street Journal:
Axel Springer plans to restructure its German operations, including shuttering print editions, which could affect ~300 jobs, as the publisher focuses on the US  —  The media conglomerate aims to eliminate print editions in the medium term  —  BERLIN—The German owner of Politico …
Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
BBC employees in England who are members of the National Union of Journalists vote in favor of a strike, which would be the first major BBC strike since 2010  —  Members of the National Union of Journalists have said the walkout could also affect coverage of the May coronation of King Charles III.
Melanie Goodfellow / Deadline:
Vice France's EIC Paul Douard announces the closure of the French subsidiary “between now and the end of March”, affecting 30 employees  —  Vice France Editor-in-Chief Paul Douard has announced the closure of Vice Media Group's Paris-based French subsidiary in a tweet.
Aisha Majid / Press Gazette:
ABC: in H2 2022, UK local daily newspaper sales fell by 19% YoY on average and non-dailies fell 13%; Reach titles like Manchester Evening News were hit hardest  —  Data reveals large drops in UK regional print circulation, although some brands' online audiences have grown.
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