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2:25 PM ET, May 10, 2024


 Top News: 
Tom Wheeler / The Hill:
Google's YouTube TV, which now has over 8M subscribers, should add C-SPAN to its channel lineup as a public service, as more consumers ditch cable subscriptions  —  C-SPAN celebrated its 45th anniversary this year.  Since 1979, the nonprofit cable network has given Americans a window on their democracy …
Discussion: @cspansusan
Christi Carras / Los Angeles Times:
LAist initiates a voluntary buyout program for staff to avoid layoffs as it faces a “significant budget shortfall” ranging from $4M-$5M in the next two years  —  Journalists at LAist have been offered buyouts ahead of a potential round of layoffs at the local public radio station …
The Assembly NC:
The Assembly, a three-year-old digital magazine “on power and place in North Carolina”, announces it plans a Greensboro bureau, with local philanthropic funding  —  The Assembly, a three-year-old digital magazine on power and place in North Carolina, is announcing the launch …
Jonah McKeown / Catholic News Agency:
Three Catholic radio stations file a petition against the FCC over requirements mandating that radio and TV stations publish info about staff race and gender  —  A trio of Catholic radio networks has filed a petition against the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) …
Discussion: @niemanlab
John Ourand / Puck:
Sources: Netflix is nearing a deal to stream two NFL games on December 25  —  It looks like Netflix will wind up carrying the two NFL games scheduled for December 25, per a bevy of sources.  It's a first-of-its-kind deal, and almost certainly not the last.
A.J. Perez / Front Office Sports:
Lineup Publishing says it plans to relaunch Deadspin next week; it appears the new Deadspin will focus on sports betting  —  Deadspin's latest revival is slated to take place next week, although its new Malta-based owners have given no indication about the editorial direction for the sports site.
Discussion: Awful Announcing and @byajperez
Josh Rottenberg / Los Angeles Times:
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announces a $500M campaign to extend its influence globally and diversify revenue as Oscars ratings drop  —  Looking to safeguard its future in a world in which the Oscars have lost some of their ratings luster, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts …
Discussion: The Wrap, IndieWire, Deadline and Variety
Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
AMC Networks reports Q1 net revenue fell 17% YoY to $596M, operating income fell 36% YoY to $110M, streaming revenue grew 3% YoY to $145M, and 11.5M subscribers  —  The company, led by CEO Kristin Dolan, reported its first-quarter results. … After returning to streaming subscriber growth …
Zachary Small / New York Times:
Jason Gastrow, aka Dunkey, who has nearly 7.5M YouTube subscribers after reviewing games for over a decade, starts Bigmode, a publishing company for indie games  —  After a decade of humorously reviewing games, the man known as Dunkey began a publishing company to support indie projects, starting with the mazelike Animal Well.
Christopher Kuo / New York Times:
The British Board of Film Classification adopts updated guidelines for how it rates movies; in the US, no systematic process for updating guidelines exists  —  As the attitudes of moviegoers evolve, so do the guidelines of the ratings board, which has reclassified dozens of films including “Mary Poppins” and “Rocky.”
Discussion: BBFC
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The Australian:
Australia's federal government plans to create a joint parliamentary select committee to investigate Meta abandoning payment-for-content deals with news outlets
Ken Yeung / VentureBeat:
ElevenLabs, which uses AI tools to create and edit synthetic voices, previews an AI model that can generate lyrics and samples of songs from text prompts
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Gannett fires an experienced editor overseeing 26 community newspapers for “sharing proprietary information” with a “competing media company”, which was Poynter
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