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3:20 PM ET, February 7, 2024


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Claudia Chiappa / Politico:
Tucker Carlson faces backlash from American and Russian journalists after claiming that Western media is not making an effort to hear Putin's side of the story  —  The controversial pundit is interviewing the Russian leader.  Now other journalists are raging at “this SoB.”
Dave Lawler / Axios:
Former Fox host Tucker Carlson says he has traveled to Moscow to interview Vladimir Putin and will air the interview “unedited” on his website and on X  —  Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson said in a video posted to X on Tuesday that he is in Moscow to interview Russian President Vladimir Putin.
The New York Times Company:
The NYT reports Q4 revenue up 1.3% YoY to $676M, subscription revenue up 3.3% YoY to $404M, and a $129M operating profit; Athletic revenue grew 31.3% to $38.5M  —  NEW YORK, February 7, 2024 - The New York Times Company (NYSE: NYT) announced today fourth- quarter and full-year 2023 results.
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
The NYT finished 2023 with 10.36M subscribers, 9.7M of them digital-only, helping push annual revenue for digital subscriptions above $1B for the first time  —  At the end of the year, The Times had 10.36 million subscribers, 9.7 million of them digital-only.
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Kate Knibbs / Wired:
An interview with Nebojša Vujinović Vujo, who runs 2,000+ AI-generated news sites, often hosted on once-popular domains, and claims to have ~12 human editors  —  Serbian DJ turned internet entrepreneur Nebojša Vujinović Vujo floods abandoned news sites with AI-generated articles.
Ted Lipien / The Hill:
Current and ex-VOA journalists criticize the US agency for uploading propaganda messages from Putin and Alexander Lukashenko on its YouTube without any context  —  Voice of America (VOA), the U.S. government-funded media agency, created and uploaded to its YouTube channel a video …
Kara Swisher / New York Magazine:
An excerpt from Kara Swisher's upcoming book, Burn Book: covering digital media in the '90s, Facebook and Google becoming information gatekeepers, and more  —  My front-row seat to a slow-moving catastrophe.  —  In the early 1990s, I was a reporter at the Washington Post.
Jared Holt / The Daily Beast:
How the author of notorious Hollywood gossip blog Crazy Days and Nights inadvertently revealed his identity to a Florida court following an extramarital affair  —  The story of how his identity was revealed could have been ripped from his own blind-items gossip site.
Discussion: @eriqgardner and @katienotopoulos
The New York Times' The Daily ran a greenwashing BP ad on its January 31 podcast, despite a 2021 pledge by the NYT to ban sponsorships by oil and gas companies  —  The Daily promised to end fossil fuel sponsorships in 2021.  BP promised to stop “corporate reputation advertising” in 2020.
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Fox Corp reports Q2 revenue down 8.7% YoY to $4.2B, net income down 64% YoY to $115M, affiliate fee revenue up 4% YoY to $1.8B, and ad revenue down 20% to $2B  —  The owner of Fox and Fox News saw affiliate fees rise, but ad revenue fall.  —  Fox met Wall Street earnings expectations …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Plex launches a movie rentals storefront offering movies from top studios, including WB, Paramount, MGM, Lionsgate, and A24, initially in the US  —  Fresh on the heels of its $40 million fundraise, streaming media company Plex is today announcing its expansion into a new business: a movie rentals storefront.
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Alibaba takes a ~$1.2B impairment charge against its video streaming service Youku, acquired in November 2015 and attributed a $5.5B valuation at the time  —  Chinese e-commerce and entertainment giant Alibaba has taken a $1.2 billion goodwill impairment charge against its video-streaming operation Youku.
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