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3:10 PM ET, March 9, 2023


 Top News: 
The Daily Beast:
Interviews with Fox News insiders detail fears over the Dominion lawsuit further sullying the “straight news” operation, largely kept in the dark on the filings  —  “It's just a really bad time to be working here,” one news producer told The Daily Beast in the wake …
Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
Michael M. Grynbaum / @grynbaum:
[Thread] At a business conference, Fox News head Lachlan Murdoch defends the network amid Dominion's lawsuit, saying it reports the news “without fear or favor”
Associated Press:
Docs: Rupert Murdoch urged Fox News executives to get hosts to oppose US Senate candidate Don Blankenship in 2018 and support US Senator Lindsey Graham in 2020
Alex Griffing / Mediaite:
Court documents: in a deposition, Lachlan Murdoch said that Tucker Carlson's insinuation that immigrants make the US poorer and dirtier “is absolutely wrong”
Andrew Beaujon / Washingtonian:
Memo: Politico's executive editor, Dafna Linzer, is stepping down at the end of March, after just one year in the job  —  Politico announced her hire as executive editor just under a year ago.  —  Politico executive editor Dafna Linzer will leave the publication this month …
Jill Goldsmith / Deadline:
Comcast president says the company would consider alternate proposals for its Hulu stake but other options must be better than its existing deal with Disney  —  Comcast President Mike Cavanagh said the media giant would of course consider alternative proposals for its stake in Hulu …
Sara Fischer / @sarafischer:
Internal email: Morning Brew is laying off 40 employees, following November layoffs that affected 14% of staff  —  NEW: @MorningBrew, the digital news outlets targeting millennials, is laying off 40 staffers, according to an internal note to staff. — This is the second round of layoffs since November, when they laid off 14% of staff
Discussion: Axios and @taylorlorenz
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
BBC soccer presenter Gary Lineker stands by his tweets comparing UK immigration policy language to Nazi Germany's and says he does not fear a suspension  —  Match of the Day presenter says he doesn't fear suspension by BBC for comparing language used to that of 1930s Germany
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Reddit plans to shut down its Clubhouse-style live audio tool Reddit Talk on March 21, saying adding audio needs “significant work”; Talk launched in April 2021  —  After Clubhouse's rise to fame, every platform rushed to build a clone.  But in the last year or so …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple unveils a standalone classical music iPhone app with 5M+ tracks and more, available for pre-order now to Apple Music subscribers and launching on March 28  —  Apple is launching a new music streaming service focused on classical music.  Based on its 2021 acquisition …
Richard Schittly / Le Monde:
European broadcaster Euronews announces layoffs affecting 198 of its 478 employees, the sale of its French HQ, and plans to open a central newsroom in Brussels  —  For the journalists, it's ‘the end of a model’ and for their union, ‘an almost total dismantling.’  —  “It's a terrible day.
The Hill:
Matt Taibbi and Michael Shellenberger, two “Twitter Files” journalists, testify at a US House subcommittee hearing on how US agencies interact with Twitter  —  House Democrats and Republicans sparred over how Twitter handles government requests for Twitter to review posts Thursday …
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
GB News reports a £30.7M pre-tax loss in the year to May 2022, weighed down by high-profile appointments, and £3.6M in revenue, including £550K+ from digital  —  Hiring costs for presenters such as Nigel Farage and Jacob Rees-Mogg balloon while advertisers stay wary of right-leaning channel
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CBS Sports plans to launch Golazo Network, a 24-hour free soccer streaming channel with analysis, highlights, broadcasts, and a morning program, on April 11  —  With big U.S. media companies scrambling for soccer rights, Paramount Global wants to kick things up a notch.
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The Hollywood Reporter:
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Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
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