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6:50 PM ET, February 16, 2024


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Paramount has held talks with Comcast about Paramount+ and Peacock joining forces through a partnership or a joint venture  —  The two companies have recently discussed a streaming partnership or joint-venture for Paramount+ and Peacock  —  Paramount has held recent talks with Comcast …
Amy Or / Bloomberg:
Sources: Reddit signed a deal early in 2024, worth ~$60M on an annualized basis, allowing a large unnamed AI company to train its models on Reddit's content  —  - Social media firm agrees $60 million deal with AI company  — Reddit advised to seek at least $5 billion IPO valuation
David Pierce / The Verge:
A look at robots.txt, a goodwill-based social contract that has governed the behavior of web crawlers, as more publishers block AI crawlers from their sites  —  For decades, robots.txt governed the behavior of web crawlers.  But as unscrupulous AI companies seek out more and more data …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
How Paramount became a cautionary tale of the streaming wars, as the Viacom merger, a lack of investment, and other issues left it with $16B+ in debt  —  Shari Redstone inherited her father's storied media empire and tried to take on Netflix.  Now it's looking for a buyer.
The Wrap:
Nexstar is developing a weekly political talk show in collaboration between the CW and The Hill; it will air on Sundays on local CW stations  —  The series would be similar in concept to “Face the Nation,” CW president of entertainment Brad Schwartz tells TheWrap
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Google stopped notifying publishers of “right to be forgotten” removals, after a Swedish court ruled that informing webmasters is a breach of privacy  —  Move comes after Swedish court rules that informing webmasters about delisted content is breach of privacy
Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
Private equity firm RedBird IMI finalizes a £1.15B deal to acquire UK TV and film producer All3Media from Warner Bros. Discovery and Liberty Media  —  The production powerhouse, led by CEO Jane Turton, is behind the likes of ‘Squid Game: The Challenge’ and owns more than 50 banners, including ‘The Tinder Swindler’ maker Raw.
Matthew Keys / The Desk:
TVNewsCheck Editor Michael Depp says the outlet needs 1,500 subscribers at $199/year to restart its news operations, which were suspended on February 12  —  The lead content editor of the popular broadcast publication TV NewsCheck says the company needs to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars …
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Tyler Falk / Current:
Q&A with NPR Podcasting Strategy SVP Collin Campbell on the differences between broadcast and podcast audiences, the continuing need for donations, and more
Amy Hawkins / The Guardian:
Leaked emails appear to confirm that some authors were excluded from the 2023 Hugo Awards over fear their work would offend China, host of the awards convention
Nicola Agius / Search Engine Land:
Google says IAB Tech Lab's report claiming Privacy Sandbox could disadvantage smaller brands and media companies contains “misunderstandings and inaccuracies”
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Roku reports Q4 revenue up 14% YoY to $984.4M, vs. $968.2M est., and warns of a “challenging” environment for media and entertainment in 2024; ROKU drops 14%+
Todd Spangler / Variety:
WGA East says 26 of the 50 NowThis members represented by the union have been laid off; an internal memo says no additional layoffs are planned
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
How Swiss outlet Blick gained 16,000+ subscribers since June 2023 by using a registration wall and summaries teasing the content of some walled-off articles