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Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings will host "Jeopardy!" for the year
Mayim Bialik and Ken Jennings will host "Jeopardy!" for the year

Bialik was selected as interim host, and her episodes will air through Nov. 5.

Sep 16, 2021 - Economy & Business
Legacy media is booming

The COVID-19 crisis has taken a toll on the Pay-TV industry, but investors feel optimistic.

Mar 18, 2021 - Economy & Business
Facebook to lift political ad ban imposed after November election

The ban has been in place since Nov. 3 and aimed to curb misinformation and confusion following the election.

Mar 3, 2021 - Economy & Business
Ben Shapiro is launching a new show

Shaprio says he will walk viewers through "all of the supporting research" to debunk arguments made by the left.

Feb 24, 2021 - Economy & Business
Streaming price hikes make it less of a cheap cable alternative

YouTube TV and ESPN+ are both raising their monthly charges.

Jul 1, 2020 - Economy & Business
The nerve center of the American news cycle

Wednesday was the number one day in Twitter's history for downloads.

Jun 9, 2020 - Technology

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Scoop: Republicans probe NBC over Beijing Olympics coverage

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Republican leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have sent a letter to NBC Universal executives voicing concerns about "the extent of influence the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) may have over NBCUniversal’s coverage of the games."

Why it matters: The human rights abuses committed by the CCP have been the subject of intense scrutiny ahead of this year's Winter Games in Beijing. Activists last year sent a letter to NBC executives urging the network to cancel plans to cover the Olympics.

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Exclusive: Substack adding video to lure new creators

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Substack plans to launch a native video player next week in an effort to lure new creators to the platform, a spokesperson confirmed to Axios.

Why it matters: It's the company's latest expansion into a new format.

Scoop: Trump's new social network quietly courting influencers

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Former President Trump’s elusive new social media network Truth Social — which plans to go public — is reaching out to internet influencers asking them to “reserve their spots” for when it launches in February or March.

Why it matters: The outreach doesn’t mention Trump’s name or affiliation. Some influencers suggest that could be a ploy to enlist their support without realizing the affiliation.

Jan 24, 2022 - Technology

Wall Street braces for new streaming reality

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Analysts are forecasting a difficult year ahead for subscription streaming companies in response to a massive selloff of Netflix shares last week that was prompted by weak subscriber growth forecasts.

Why it matters: Wall Street has grown accustomed to equating paid subscriber growth at major media firms to market value, but Netflix's decline "calls into question the end-state economics of these businesses," wrote Michael Nathanson, a top media analyst, in a note to clients.

Jan 23, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Sarah Palin defamation suit against New York Times takes trial Monday

Sarah Palin. Photo: Antranik Tavitian/The Arizona Republic via Reuters

A defamation suit by Sarah Palin, who has spent more than four years battling The New York Times over a corrected editorial, will be heard in Manhattan federal court Monday, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: The trial, expected to last five days, marks a rare instance of a major media company defending its editorial practices before an American jury.

China builds its own movie empire

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China blocked all four of Disney's Marvel movies from being released in its theaters last year, a grim sign for U.S. film giants being squeezed out of the world's fastest-growing box office.

Why it matters: The Chinese Communist Party is using domestic films as a key conduit for mass messaging aimed at achieving political goals, leaving little room for foreign views.

Jan 20, 2022 - Economy & Business

Netflix stock plunges amid user growth slump

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Netflix's stock was down nearly 20% in after-hours trading Thursday, after the tech giant forecasted slowed user growth for the first quarter of 2022.

Why it matters: The slowed user growth suggests Netflix's enormous investment in new content may not be able to drive as many new subscribers as it used to amid increased streaming competition, especially in the U.S.

Jan 19, 2022 - Economy & Business

Exclusive: Brat TV launches ad-supported streaming app

Brat TV

Brat TV, a Hollywood production studio for Gen-Z content, is launching a standalone app that will house all of the shows it typically distributes on other platforms.

Why it matters: The move represents Brat’s expansion from a production partner for other streaming platforms to a standalone media company that creates and distributes its own content.

Chicago Public Media to acquire the Sun-Times

The Chicago Sun-Times announced its acquistion by WBEZ today. Photo: Monica Eng/Axios

The Chicago Public Media Board of Directors (CPM), which runs public radio station WBEZ, voted on Tuesday to acquire the Chicago Sun-Times.

Driving the news: The deal was a "no cash acquisition," according to the current Sun-Times investors.

Jan 19, 2022 - Economy & Business

Philanthropists investing over $20 million to launch new Houston newsroom

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Three Houston philanthropies are coming together to launch an independent nonprofit news operation in Houston, executives tell Axios.

Why it matters: Houston is the fourth-largest U.S. city by population and one of the most diverse places in the country. But local philanthropists argue its community is underserved by its current local news offerings, which are facing economic pressure.

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