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6:50 PM ET, March 7, 2023


 Top News: 
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
Biden's FCC nominee Gigi Sohn tells the White House she is dropping out after her nomination stalled for 16 months amid industry opposition and personal attacks  —  Gigi Sohn notified the White House she would drop out after her nomination stalled for 16 months, amid industry opposition
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Reach's CEO says the company published its first three AI-written articles last week and that AI may be reliable enough to produce data- and list-based content  —  Chief executive says journalists should not fear it means being replaced by machines  —  The owner of the Daily Mirror …
Filing: Gannett had 11,200 employees as of December 31, 2022, down from 21,255 after its 2019 merger with GateHouse and 562 more than before the merger  —  A major leadership shakeup at Gannett, along with drastic cost-cutting and strategy shifts, underscores just how much pressure …
American Press Institute:
Study of nearly 6K Americans aged 16 to 40: 60% pay for or donate to news, including 47% for independent content and 22% for traditional sources like newspapers  —  - Gen Z and Millennials pay for or donate to a wide range of media sources.  — This report outlines the Americans ages 16 …
Christianna Silva / Mashable:
TikTok launches Series, letting select creators sell Collections of up to 80 paywalled videos, each up to 20 minutes; creators initially keep 100% of earnings  —  Series puts premium content behind a paywall, which means more money for creators. … TikTok is introducing new ways for creators to get paid.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Former The Week executives launch Heatmap News, a subscription-based climate media outlet, with eight staff and a $4M Series A at an $11.5M post-money valuation  —  The former executives in charge of The Week magazine are launching a new subscription-based climate media company on Wednesday called Heatmap News, its founders told Axios.
Discussion: @raju
J. Clara Chan / The Hollywood Reporter:
An interview with YouTube Global Head of Gaming Leo Olebe on the appeal of YouTube's exclusivity model and the growth of YouTube Gaming, which has 500M+ DAUs  —  The video giant said it hit more than 120 billion hours of watch time for gaming-related content on the platform in 2022.
Discussion: Tubefilter
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
How TV Rain and dozens of other exiled Russian media outlets fled to Latvia's capital Riga, only to encounter a distrustful public and strictly enforced laws  —  Dozens of media outlets have fled to the capital of Latvia, only to encounter a distrustful public and a set of strictly enforced laws and regulations.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Graydon Carter says Air Mail plans to expand into print and makes $15M+ in annual revenue but isn't profitable; Air Mail debuted the Look vertical on March 3  —  Air Mail, the subscription-based digital magazine company launched by former Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter …
Benedict Evans:
Analysis: Amazon had $38B in 2022 ad revenue, more than the entire global newspaper industry and likely more than the revenue Prime generated from subscriptions  —  I first started paying attention to Amazon's ad business a couple of years ago, when a line called ‘other’ in the back of the accounts started to grow really fast.
Semafor draws criticism in the US for partnering with the Center for China and Globalization, a Chinese think tank that has obscured its close ties to the CCP  —  Semafor, the 5-month-old news startup, is drawing criticism in the U.S. for partnering with a think tank in China that is known …
David Pierce / The Verge:
All TV streaming boxes suck in 2023, as the ever-cheaper, ad-supported commodity items fail to improve on smart TVs, most of which are slow and riddled with ads  —  There are no good streaming boxes, and I blame everybody.  —  Streaming boxes had so much potential.
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Legal experts say the $1.6B Dominion lawsuit puts Fox News in real jeopardy as the amount and weight of evidence surpasses other major, recent defamation cases  —  Outside legal observers say the Fox News Channel finds itself in real legal jeopardy in a $1.6 billion defamation lawsuit brought …
Wall Street Journal:
Dominion lawsuit documents show how Fox News CEO Suzanne Scott deals with the Murdochs, Rupert's involvement in editorial, the influence of top hosts, and more
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Ryan Tracy / Wall Street Journal:
Docs: the FTC demanded Twitter turn over internal messages about Elon Musk, details about layoffs, and the names of journalists with access to company records
Sam Buckingham-Jones / Australian Financial Review:
News Corp Australia Executive Chair Michael Miller asks staff to try ChatGPT and tasks an AI Working Group to explore how AI can add “high-value opportunities”
Discussion: @thetowncrier
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Corinne Purtill / Los Angeles Times:
Simon & Schuster suspends sales of CBS News medical contributor Dr. David Agus' The Book of Animal Secrets, pending a rewrite after allegations of plagiarism