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8:50 AM ET, December 5, 2023


 Top News: 
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Spotify lays off ~17% of its workforce, or ~1,500 staff, to “rightsize” its costs, citing slow economic growth and rising capital costs, its third cut in 2023  —  Spotify is eliminating about 1,500 jobs, or about 17% of its workforce, in its third round of layoffs this year …
Ashley Carman / Bloomberg:
Spotify plans to cancel the Gimlet Media podcasts Heavyweight and Stolen after their current seasons, as the company retreats from in-house productions  —  - Shows will finish out work on current, in-production seasons  — Programming decision coincides with company's latest job cuts
Jake Kanter / Deadline:
Amazon fails to renew its live English Premier League rights deal, as part of Sky and TNT's new £6.7B TV rights deal for four soccer seasons from 2025/2026  —  - BBC Names Royals Accused In Omid Scobie Book Of Commenting On Skin Color Of Harry & Meghan's Son
Paul MacInnes / The Guardian:
The English Premier League signs a new deal with Sky and TNT Sports under which the soccer competition will receive £6.7B over four years for its UK TV rights
Catharine Tunney / CBC News:
CBC/Radio-Canada plans to cut ~10% of its workforce, or 600 workers, and cut CA$40M in programming over the coming year to cope with a CA$125M budget shortfall  —  Public broadcaster says most cuts will take effect over the coming year  —  The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Radio-Canada announced Monday …
Perry Bacon Jr / Washington Post:
MSNBC should be careful not to become the TV arm of the Democratic Party leadership, as shown by some of its recent moves, like canceling Mehdi Hasan's show  —  The cancellation of Mehdi Hasan's show is the latest in a series of recent moves by MSNBC that are pushing the network in the direction …
Bron Maher / Press Gazette:
Jody Rosen / New York Times:
Behind the scenes of a Sunday Night Football broadcast, which is one of the most inventive and artful uses of the TV medium  —  Months of preparation, hundreds of staff, convoys of cutting-edge gear: inside the machine that crafts prime time's most popular entertainment.
Timmy Shen / The Block:
Sources: as part of its January 2023 merger with CryptoSlam, Forkast Labs laid off the majority of its editorial staff and suspended operations in November  —  - The crypto news site wound down editorial operations on Nov. 30, sources close to the matter said.
Will Sommer / Washington Post:
Ex-Fox News employee Andrew Delancey sues the network and top producer Justin Wells over an alleged sexual assault; Wells now works on Tucker Carlson's X show  —  A former Fox News staffer is suing the producer — who was fired last spring along with the host — over the alleged assault …
Max Tani / Semafor:
An interview with Megyn Kelly about co-hosting the Dec. 6 GOP presidential primary debate on NewsNation, her pivot to audio, being “un-cancellable”, and more  —  The News  —  After Megyn Kelly left her high-profile Fox News perch for a $69 million, three-year NBC contract …
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Comcast president Mike Cavanagh says Peacock now has 30M paying subscribers, with an ARPU of $10 per month, and saw $2.8B in losses in 2023  —  “We collected an eight and a half billion dollar check on Friday,” Mike Cavanagh said, adding that Disney's payment for Hulu has cleared.
Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Source: Ofcom CEO Melanie Dawes will remain recused from the watchdog's probe into the sale of The Daily Telegraph as the Lloyds Banking employs her husband  —  Dame Melanie Dawes will play no role in Ofcom's inquiry even after Lloyds, which employs her husband, is repaid a £1.16bn loan later on Monday, Sky News learns.
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