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12:25 AM ET, October 4, 2023


 Top News: 
Winston Cho / The Hollywood Reporter:
A US judge rules that Disney must face an antitrust lawsuit accusing the company of inflating the cost of streaming live TV using its ownership of Hulu and ESPN  —  YouTube TV subscribers filed a class action lawsuit accusing Disney of essentially operating the business as a single entity …
Discussion: Deadline and
Sohee Kim / Bloomberg:
Sources: Paramount is considering scrapping its plans to launch Paramount+ in India in 2023 in favor of selling more programming to its partner JioCinema  —  - Many media companies reconsider their international spending  — Low-priced competition makes a costly launch less appealing
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Meta VP of Media Partnerships Campbell Brown says she's stepping down from the role in the fall but staying on as a consultant, as Meta backs away from news  —  Campbell Brown, the veteran TV anchor who led Meta's foray into news, is leaving the company, according to an internal note obtained by Axios.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Netflix plans to raise the price of its ad-free service a few months after the SAG-AFTRA strike ends, likely starting with the US and Canada  —  Company to become latest streamer to lift fees; Disney weighs launching new live-sports tier abroad  —  plans to raise the price …
Stuart Dredge / Music Ally:15 minutes ago
The RIAA: Latin recorded music revenue in the US grew 14.8% to $627M in H1 2023, compared to overall US revenue growth of 9.3%; Latin streaming revenue grew 16%  —  One of the trends in recent years has been the fact that however fast recorded-music revenues grew in the US, Latin recorded music revenues grew faster.
Discussion: RIAA, Billboard and Variety
Amy Hawkins / The Guardian:
A profile of Jimmy Lai, the owner of now closed Apple Daily and one of Hong Kong's most outspoken pro-democracy activists, as he marks 1,000 days in prison  —  He went from rags to riches before his anti-communist newspaper fell foul of security forces.  Now Lai's plight tells of a city forced …
Discussion: New York Times
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Code in the latest build of the Spotify app suggests the company is working on AI-generated playlists based on users' prompts, likely available in English only  —  Following the successful launch of Spotify's AI-powered DJ feature and, more recently, added support for AI-translated podcasts …
Dalya Alberge / The Guardian:
A look at County Highway, a new, $8.50 print-only newspaper published six times a year with a retro 19th-century look, no advertising, and a focus on the US  —  The retro-look County Highway costs $8.50, is published six times a year - and will never be available online
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
The Guardian, The Mirror, Reach sites, and The National take down some stories about Dan Wootton; a source says the moves follow a warning by Wootton's lawyer  —  Publishers threatened with exemplary damages and punitive costs.  —  The Guardian, Mirror, various other Reach sites and Newsquest's …
Bron Maher / Press Gazette:
A profile of The Examination, a new nonprofit global health outlet with 12 employees and a partnership model to work with outlets based in areas it covers  —  One of The Examination's first priorities is boosting and diversifying its funding.  —  The executive director …
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 More News: 
New York Times:
Spotify starts offering Premium subscribers 15 hours of audiobook streaming per month across 150K+ titles, first in the UK and Australia, and the US this winter
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The News/Media Alliance organized a US lobbying blitz the week of September 25 to discuss copyright protections for the work of outlets, given the threat of AI
Discussion: News/Media Alliance
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Sources: in a letter, DirecTV warned Warner Bros. Discovery that programming on CNN's new streaming channel on Max risks violating WBD's contract with DirecTV
Jon Lafayette / Next TV:
Clix, a tech company aiming to help viewers find streaming shows to watch, debuts a streaming guide that uses AI, 70 years of movies, and expert recommendations
Discussion: Axios
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
A look at the scoop wars between NBA reporters Adrian Wojnarowski and Shams Charania, the impact on other NBA beat reporters, and their usefulness to the league
 Earlier Picks: 
Todd Spangler / Variety:
In honor of “Mean Girls” day, Paramount launches an official TikTok account for the movie and makes the 47-minute film, broken into 23 clips, available for free
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's Independent Publishers Alliance urges members to block crawling access for OpenAI and Google, as OpenAI removes ChatGPT's September 2021 training cut-off
Lauren Forristal / TechCrunch:
Wattpad replaces its Paid Stories paywall with a freemium tier letting users read some chapters free and buy others; Premium+ subscribers get two stories/month
Discussion: wattpad
Sam Schechner / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: in September, Meta pitched EU regulators a plan to charge Facebook and Instagram users a subscription to avoid ads, starting at ~€10/month for desktop
Associated Press:
The police chief who led the raid on the Marion County Record in August resigns, just days after he was suspended from his post by the mayor of Marion, Kansas