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4:15 AM ET, December 10, 2022


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Russell Lewis / NPR:
Longtime sportswriter Grant Wahl dies at 48 in Doha, Qatar, after collapsing while covering the Argentina-Netherlands quarterfinal at the 2022 FIFA World Cup  —  Longtime soccer sportswriter Grant Wahl died on Friday while covering the Argentina-Netherlands quarterfinal at the 2022 World Cup in Doha, Qatar.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: LLCs tied to the CEO of crypto news site The Block secretly received $43M in Alameda loans, used in part to buy and run the site; CEO has now resigned  —  The Block, a media company that says it covers crypto news independently, has been secretly funded for over a year with money funneled …
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Jeremy Littau / @jeremylittau:
[Thread] The “bombshell” Twitter Files show the value of skeptical editors, who strengthen stories by poking holes in reporting that uses cherry-picked examples  —  Can think of several moments when as a young reporter I thought I had a bombshell story and then it became a merely average story or not news at all after an editor poked at it with skeptical questions. Beware media folks who think they're too big-brained for editorial standards.
Molly White / @molly0xfff:
[Thread] Bloomberg, Dow Jones, The Financial Times, and The New York Times intervene in FTX's bankruptcy case, seeking to unseal customer and creditor details  —  A group of media outlets—Bloomberg, the NYT, Dow Jones & Co, and the Financial Times—just filed a motion to intervene in the FTX case, requesting that FTX be required to unseal customer and creditor lists.
Sheila Dang / Reuters:
Twitter emails advertisers about plans to launch controls to prevent their ads from showing up next to tweets with certain keywords, as soon as next week  —  Twitter Inc will roll out new controls as soon as next week to let companies prevent their ads from appearing above …
Garett Sloane / Ad Age:   Source: Twitter is pitching last-minute heavily discounted ad packages for World Cup content, which may signal ad revenue trouble for the Super Bowl and Oscars
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Brad Pitt sells a 60% stake in Plan B Entertainment to French conglomerate Mediawan, valuing his production company in the low hundreds of millions  —  - Brad Pitt has sold a 60% stake in his production company, Plan B, to French company Mediawan.  — Plan B helped make …
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
CBS held news of Brittney Griner's imminent release for a week after learning about it, at the White House's request; source: another outlet held it for a day  —  The first news organization to pin down the news of the WNBA star's release from a Russian prison agreed to a White House request to delay the story
Peter White / Deadline:
Memo: Nancy Daniels, who oversees Turner's networks and several Discovery channels, and Jane Latman, who leads Food Network, are leaving Warner Bros. Discovery  —  EXCLUSIVE: Nancy Daniels, who oversees the Turner networks and a number of Discovery channels, and Jane Latman …
David Satin / The Streamable:
VUit, a live news streaming service, reaches a deal to add local CBS news stations in more than a dozen markets, including New York and Los Angeles  —  One of the largest free streaming services offering live and on-demand news is expanding its reach even further.
Asif Shahzad / Reuters:
After prominent Pakistani TV journalist Arshad Sharif was shot dead in Nairobi, a fact-finding team sent by Pakistan concluded the killing was a targeted murder  —  A team set up by the Pakistani government to probe the killing of a well-known Pakistani journalist in Nairobi …
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