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4:40 PM ET, March 12, 2023


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The Guardian:
BBC chairman Richard Sharp and DG Tim Davie face calls to resign as BBC comes under criticism for its handling of freedom of speech and neutrality issues  —  Broadcaster forced to slash TV coverage, while BBC chair and director general face calls to resign over crisis
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The BBC's Match of the Day aired without presenters or pundits on March 11 after Gary Lineker's suspension; his co-hosts refused to show up in solidarity  —  BBC commentators also refusing to appear after corporation takes its highest-paid presenter off air over impartiality concerns
Niamh Lynch / Sky News:
The BBC says Gary Lineker will step back as a presenter, but a source says the BBC took him off the air because he won't apologize for his UK immigration tweets  —  Sky News reporter @niamhielynch  —  Gary Lineker is stepping back from his duties as Match of the Day presenter, the BBC has said in a statement.
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Marie Woolf / Globe and Mail:
Meta plans to block Canadians' ability to view or share written and broadcast news on Facebook and Instagram if the country passes its proposed Online News Act  —  Tech giant Meta has decided to block Canadians' ability to view or share news content on Facebook and Instagram …
Darren Major / CBC News:
Appearing before a Canadian Parliament committee, Google executives defend the company blocking news content for some users in a test expected to end next week
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Sources: Group Black wants to acquire Paramount's BET and VH1, backed by private equity firm CVC Capital Partners; Tyler Perry and Byron Allen are also looking  —  Black Entertainment Television made the first Black billionaire in the United States.  Will a Black executive buy it back?
Helena Horton / The Guardian:
Sources: the BBC won't air an episode on the loss of nature from David Attenborough's UK wildlife series for fear of rightwing anger; the BBC denies the claim  —  Exclusive: Decision to make episode about natural destruction available only on iPlayer angers programme-makers
Fortesa Latifi / Teen Vogue:
A YouTuber who went viral as a toddler says she resents her family for monetizing her childhood, as some influencer parents rethink using kids for content  —  “Nothing they do now is going to take back the years of work I had to put in.”  —  Search Claire's name online …
Elizabeth Djinis / Poynter:
Special interest magazines, of which Dotdash Meredith and a360media control nearly 60%, grew 8% YoY in 2020 and 20% YoY in 2021 as the magazine market struggled  —  In a struggling magazine media market, a genre of magazines called special interest publications or bookazines has become a surprising winner.
Julie Lasky / New York Times:
A look at Apartment Life, a monthly young urban American magazine founded in 1969 that had 800K readers, soon to be revived as a special interest publication  —  The cluttered, lively ethos of Apartment Life offers an antidote to the chilly perfectionism of Instagram — and creative ideas that still feel relevant.
Daniel Tilles / Notes From Poland:
After the suicide of a Polish opposition MP's 15-year-old son, three presenters resign from a state radio station accused of outing him as a sexual abuse victim  —  Three presenters have resigned from Radio Szczecin, a state broadcaster accused of helping publicly identify a 15-year-old sexual abuse victim …
Discussion: @notesfrompoland
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
A look at Jimmy Finkelstein's The Messenger, debuting in May 2023 with $50M in funding and 175+ reporters covering politics, business, entertainment, and sports  —  The company, which will begin operating in May, plans to have around 550 journalists covering entertainment, politics and sports within a year.
Wall Street Journal:
A look at upcoming changes for failing RSNs; sources: MLB envisions a hybrid national and local programming venture with TV and streaming on its own platform  —  Once thriving, the regional-sports TV industry is suffering as cable bundles unravel  —  Two of the largest regional sports broadcasters …
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