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2:15 PM ET, March 15, 2023


 Top News: 
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
BuzzFeed News EIC Karolina Waclawiak says the outlet plans to publish more stories to boost profits, focus on viral topics, and pursue long-form investigations  —  ‘What we can control is how many stories we publish each day,’ BuzzFeed News editor in chief tells newsroom
Tim Baysinger / Axios:
Sources: Diamond expects to lose some MLB rights after bankruptcy but could retain the sports rights for the 16 NBA and 12 NHL teams the company currently owns  —  Diamond Sports Group expects to come out of its bankruptcy process with fewer teams' rights, with the cuts coming from its baseball roster …
Dietrich Knauth / Reuters:
Diamond Sports, which operates the Bally Sports channels, files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Texas, listing both assets and liabilities between $1B and $10B  —  Diamond Sports Group, which provides local television broadcasts for nearly half of NBA, NHL and MLB games, filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection …
Michael J. Socolow / The Conversation:
While Americans across the political spectrum have a growing disdain for journalism, media criticism remains an essential component of a vibrant democracy  —  Everyone seems to hate what they call “the media.”  —  Attacking journalism - even accurate and verified reporting - provides a quick lift for politicians.
Jonathan Stempel / Reuters:
The US charges exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui, tied to GTV Media, with defrauding his online followers out of $1B+ and arrests him; DOJ seizes $634M  —  The U.S. government on Wednesday charged exiled Chinese businessman Guo Wengui with fraud, accusing him of orchestrating a conspiracy …
Jennifer Maas / Variety:
Q&A with new Vice Media co-CEOs Bruce Dixon and Hozefa Lokhandwala on Nancy Dubuc's exit, potential sale and buyers, divesting assets like Refinery29, and more  —  But despite the newness of their current roles, Lokhandwala and Dixon are already well versed in the inner workings …
Discussion: Adweek and @kerrymflynn
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Quora launches a $19.99/month tier for its chatbot app Poe, giving users access to bots powered by GPT-4 and Anthropic's Claude+ on iOS or Apple Silicon Macs  —  Yesterday, OpenAI unveiled its new GPT-4 model and competitor Anthropic unveiled its own ChatGPT competitor Claude.
Discussion: Axios, more at Techmeme »
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Fortune CEO told staff that pageviews grew 90% YoY in 2022 to around 427M, with syndication revenue up 87% and social referral traffic up 300%  —  Fortune magazine CEO Alan Murray sent out the following to the staff on Wednesday:  —  Hello Fortune team!
Colin Mann / Advanced Television:
Aluma Insights: 50%+ of US subscribers to the top 16 SVODs view Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+ as essential and Epix Now, Apple TV+, and Peacock as least essential  —  New research from Aluma Insights finds two-thirds of US Netflix buyers view the service as indispensable to meeting household video needs.
Discussion: The Streamable and MediaPost
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Snap plans to begin publishing its guidelines for serving personalized Snapchat content after previously sharing them with publishing partners and some creators  —  Snapchat on Wednesday said it will begin publishing guidelines that detail what types of content gets algorithmically distributed in its app to users.
Jake Kanter / Deadline:
The UK government increases the film and TV expenditure credit from 25% to as much as 34%, with the qualifying threshold for high-end TV shows held at £1M  —  The British government has provided a boost for the UK film and TV industry by announcing that it is increasing tax breaks and maintaining the qualifying threshold.
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