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12:40 PM ET, March 27, 2024


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Max Tani / Semafor:
Some NBC News staff raise concerns that the hiring and firing of Ronna McDaniel will damage relationships with GOP sources, making breaking news more difficult  —  The News  —  NBC News's dramatic hiring and firing of a former RNC chairwoman this week threatens to undo years of repositioning itself …
David Zurawik / CNN:
NBCU News Group executives made the only decision they could have when reversing Ronna McDaniel's hire, following the on-air revolt by MSNBC's biggest stars  —  Editor's Note: David Zurawik is a professor of practice in media studies at Goucher College.  For three decades, he was a media critic at the Baltimore Sun.
Memo: NBCU News Group Chair Cesar Conde tells staff NBC dropped Ronna McDaniel as a paid contributor and apologizes for hiring the former RNC chair  —  NBC has dropped Ronna McDaniel as a paid contributor, NBCU News Group Chair Cesar Conde confirmed in a memo to staff following backlash from some of the network's journalists.
Discussion: Fox News, Business Insider, The Guardian, The Hill, Washington Post, @brianstelter, Politico, CNN, @kylegriffin1, @farhip, New York Times, @jayrosen_nyu, @allanschlosser, @sulliview, @maxwelltani, @dylanbyers, Newser, @jbflint, @msnbc, @dylanbyers, @sulliview, @david_darmofal, @sarafischer, HuffPost, Howard Pulchin on LinkedIn, New York Times,, @juliaioffe, @newsjennifer, @michaelharriot, @emptywheel, @michaelcalifra, @markjacob16, @bdomenech, @nycsouthpaw, @yashar, @3vansutton, @emptywheel, @madrid_mike, Marty Davis on LinkedIn, Frank Scafidi on LinkedIn, Newsmax, Raw Story, New York Daily News, Bloomberg, TVLine, Vanity Fair, Next TV, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, Rolling Stone, The Wrap, The Daily Beast,, @mastodonmigration …,,,,,,,,,,, Breitbart,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, and Deadline
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Bill Maher launches The Club Random Studios, a podcast network with a focus on “freedom of expression”, and hires ex-ESPN anchor Sage Steele as its first host  —  “I am looking for people who are not talking point people,” the HBO host tells THR of his new podcast venture.
Murray Stassen / Music Business Worldwide:
RIAA: US recorded music industry revenues grew 8% YoY to $17.1B in 2023, with paid subscription revenues up 11% to $10.1B and paid subscriptions up 6% to 96.8M  —  The US recorded music industry generated $17.1 billion in 2023.  —  That's according to the Recording Industry Association of America …
Hannah Wiley / Los Angeles Times:
Two journalists who were attacked by Minnesota police as they covered the 2020 George Floyd protests for the LA Times settle a lawsuit with the state for $1.2M  —  Two journalists who were cornered and attacked by the Minnesota State Patrol as they covered protests over George Floyd's murder …
The Ron DeSantis-appointed board of Disney World's district settles a state lawsuit with Disney, which agrees to revoke changes that limited the board's power  —  A board appointed by Ron DeSantis to oversee the municipal authority that governs Walt Disney Co. in Florida has voted to settle a state lawsuit against the company.
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
A US judge lets a defamation lawsuit proceed against Netflix, filed by a former friend of con artist Anna Sorokin over the miniseries Inventing Anna  —  A former friend of con artist Anna Sorokin was allowed on Tuesday to proceed with a defamation lawsuit against Netflix over the Shonda Rhimes miniseries, “Inventing Anna.”
Discussion: Next TV and Rolling Stone
Clothilde Goujard / Politico:
Amazon loses an EU legal bid to delay complying with DSA rules on making its online ad library publicly available, after a judge rejected Amazon's request  —  Tech giant said it is “disappointed with this decision.”  —  Amazon lost a legal bid to delay obeying part of the European Union's new content moderation law.
A.J. Perez / Front Office Sports:
Sources and a lawsuit by ex-Arena Group CEO Ross Levinsohn detail The Arena Group's chaotic handling of Sports Illustrated and a messy transfer to Minute Media  —  - Sources say 5-Hour Energy tycoon Manoj Bhargava threatened to destroy the archives in a meeting with the new publishers of ‘SI.’
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Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Disney adds Hulu to Disney+, after beta testing the integration since December 2023; Disney+ subscribers who don't pay for Hulu can still search for Hulu shows
Lauren Sherman / @lapresmidi:
Source: i-D magazine, which Karlie Kloss acquired in late 2023, lays off ~10 staff in London, or most of its editorial employees; two editors will remain
Media Matters for America:
An analysis of ~65 NYT articles on US anti-trans legislation from the year to February 15, 2024: 66% did not quote a trans person, and 18% had misinformation
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Audible partners with Amazon MGM Studios to co-produce TV series based on Audible Originals content; the titles will be shopped to Prime Video, MGM+, and others
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Aidan Ryan / The Boston Globe:
Boston public radio station WBUR is offering employees buyouts in an effort to cut ~10% of its budget; CEO says WBUR expects to also cut jobs or freeze hiring
Discussion: WBUR, Current and Media Nation
Alexandra Steigrad / New York Post:
Source: G/O Media CEO Jim Spanfeller told staff The A.V. Club and The Takeout have been sold; Paste bought The A.V. Club and Static Media bought The Takeout
Wall Street Journal:
The NFL says the opening week Friday night game will be exclusive to NBC's Peacock, and Prime Video secured exclusive rights for a 2024-2025 season playoff game
Washington Post:
A member of Qatari royal family invested ~$50M in Newsmax in 2019, 2020; sources: before and after the deal, staffers were urged to soften coverage of Qatar