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6:20 AM ET, February 27, 2024


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Lauren Forristal / TechCrunch:
Whoopi Goldberg-backed BLKFAM, a FAST service focused on Black families, launches in the US with 1,000+ hours of kid-friendly animation titles and more  —  BLKFAM is a free, ad-supported, Black-focused family streaming service launching today to give Black Americans access to more than 1,000 hours …
Sources: Charter Communications is exploring a takeover of smaller rival Altice USA, which serves ~5M customers across 21 US states; Altice stock is up 50%+  —  - Charter working with advisers on pursuing smaller rival  — Both firms have suffered with surge in wireless competition
Disney's President of Motion Picture Studios, Sean Bailey, steps down; Searchlight's co-President David Greenbaum takes over  —  EXCLUSIVE: Effective immediately, Walt Disney's President of Motion Picture Studios Sean Bailey, who turned the company's animation vault into a multibillion-dollar …
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Ampere Analysis: streaming revenue will overtake pay TV subscription revenue in the US for the first time in Q3 2024, helped by streamers' addition of ad tiers  —  Total streaming revenue will hit $17.3 billion, topping $16.7 billion from pay TV, in the third-quarter of 2024, predicts research firm Ampere Analysis.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Q&A with Crunchyroll president Rahul Purini about the streamer's focus on anime, working with creators in Japan, competing with Netflix, future plans, and more  —  The head of the fast-growing streaming service discusses the Funimation merger and shutdown and where he sees growth in anime.
Jon Passantino / CNN:
The New York Times says Donald Trump has paid $392,000 to the paper to cover the legal costs from his failed lawsuit over disclosure of his tax documents  —  Donald Trump has paid $392,000 to The New York Times to cover the legal costs from his failed lawsuit against the newspaper …
Emma Vowles / Press Gazette:
An interview with BBC News analysis editor Ros Atkins about his viral explainer videos, use of OSINT by journalists, fake news, and more  —  The BBC News analysis editor says data and OSINT “are only going to become more important”.  —  After our interview, Ros Atkins goes viral on X …
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Max Goldbart / Deadline:
UK's Ofcom delivers its roadmap for implementing the Media Bill, saying regulation of streaming services will not come into place in full for two years
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The Guardian:
Former TV news executives and others criticize Ofcom for allowing GB News to violate broadcasting impartiality rules by dragging its feet with investigations
 Earlier Picks: 
Columbia Journalism Review:
A profile of Dale Anglin, first director of Press Forward, a philanthropic effort to invest $500M over five years in local news and aiming to raise $500M more
Sam Buckingham-Jones / Australian Financial Review:
Australian businessman Kerry Stokes launches The Nightly, a daily online newspaper with backing from billionaires Katie Page, Chris Ellison, and Gina Rinehart
Scott Nover / Slate:
Websites that shut down make it hard for journalists to preserve writing clips, but maintaining a defunct site creates technical issues including security risks
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Three years after Spotify's original announcement that it would launch a higher-quality audio subscription, the company has yet to roll out the feature