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5:50 AM ET, January 31, 2023


 Top News: 
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Q&A with CNN chairman and CEO Chris Licht on giving correspondents more airtime, no plans for a topical comedy talk show, interviewing GOP lawmakers, and more  —  Slumping ratings, cost-cutting, show cancellations and — comedy?  —  The path of CNN has been a bit rocky since it became part …
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
CNN plans to air Bill Maher's Overtime, the offshoot of his HBO show Real Time, at 11:30pm ET on Friday nights, after new Real Time episodes air on HBO at 10pm  —  The offshoot of the HBO show ‘Real Time’ will air on CNN Fridays at 11:30 p.m. … The host of HBO's weekly late night series Real …
Matt Tamanini / The Streamable:
Paramount Global plans to merge its Showtime streaming service with Paramount+'s ad-free tier later in 2023 and call the new offering Paramount+ with SHOWTIME  —  It's been a long time coming, but later this year, Paramount Global will finally fully integrate the streaming arm …
Ben Smith / Semafor:
The News Movement, a social media-first news outlet led by former BBC and News Corp executives, acquires video news startup The Recount for undisclosed equity  —  The News Movement, a video news organization started by former top executives at the BBC and News Corp., is hoping to establish …
Max Goldbart / Deadline:
The first BBC-commissioned impartiality report says that BBC News journalists' failure to understand “basic economics” is bringing a “high risk to impartiality”  —  BBC News' journalists failure to understand “basic economics” is bringing a “high risk to impartiality,” according to a BBC-commissioned report.
Leonard Downie Jr / Washington Post:
In interviews with 75+ journalists and media experts, a Washington Post ex-executive editor finds that newsrooms that move beyond “objectivity” can build trust  —  Leonard Downie Jr., a former executive editor of The Washington Post, is a professor at the Walter Cronkite School …
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Australia plans to add content quotas for video streaming services in the middle of 2024, as part of a five-year plan to reset the country's cultural strategy  —  Australia will introduce content quotas for video streaming platforms from the middle of next year, the federal government said on Monday.
Ezra Klein / New York Times:
How Barnes & Noble came back from near death, as the company plans to open 30 new stores in 2023 and is increasingly seen as an ally of indie booksellers  —  I remember when Barnes & Noble first opened in my hometown.  Before that, we had a cramped Crown Books, and some lovely, but limited, libraries.
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Wall Street Journal:
If the US wins its antitrust Google case, a spinoff is more likely than a sale, valuing the ad businesses at tens of billions and giving advertisers more choice
Joseph Cox / VICE:
ElevenLabs found an uptick in “voice cloning misuse cases” during its recent beta; 4chan users made deepfake voices of Joe Rogan, Ben Sharpio, and Emma Watson
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Kantar: UK households with at least one streaming subscription fell from 17.12M in 2021 to 16.24M in 2022 and total subscriptions fell by 2M+ to 28.5M in 2022
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 Earlier Picks: 
Mustafa Abu Sneineh / Middle East Eye:
BBC Arabic, the BBC's first non-English radio service, closes after 85 years, as part of a September 2022 announcement of cost cutting and a shift to digital
Russell Brandom / Rest of World:
The BBC issuing copyright takedowns to platforms hosting copies of its Narendra Modi documentary may unintentionally aid the impact of India's censorship orders
Wall Street Journal:
Documents and sources: Meta sees a path to recovery using AI tools that boost views of Reels, improve ad targeting even with less available user data, and more
Joseph Kapsch / The Wrap:
Nielsen: CNN notched its lowest ratings in nine years for January 16-22, averaging 444,000 primetime viewers, below 450,000 for the first time since May 2014