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Vox Media Acquires Cafe Studios

Cafe Studios’ content examines “how law and policy intercross with politics, news, business, history, and technology.” Now their eight podcasts will head to the Vox Media Podcast Network, one of the largest and fastest-growing mass media outlets.

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Vox Media announced in a press release that it would be acquiring Cafe Studios, which is co-founded by former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara and his brother Vinit Bharara.

Cafe Studios’ content examines “how law and policy intercross with politics, news, business, history, and technology.” Now their eight podcasts will head to the Vox Media Podcast Network, one of the largest and fastest-growing mass media outlets.

“Preet and his team at Cafe have built a successful podcast studio with a compelling perspective — and an equally impressive community of devoted listeners,” Vox Media Chairman, CEO, and co-founder Jim Bankoff said.

“Bringing Cafe into the Vox Media Podcast Network is aligned with our goal of delivering high-quality editorial content at scale and providing audiences highly relevant voices and insights.”

Cafe will function as part of the Vox Media Podcast Network with the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and Executive Producer and Head of Content Tamara Sepper joining Vox Media.

Besides Bharara and Sepper, other podcast hosts, producers, and product developers will jump onboard the mass media company.

“This is an opportunity for tremendous growth with a company that shares in Cafe’s mission, values, and commitment to quality,” Bharara said.

“Our creators are bursting at the seams with plans for more thoughtful, educational content and, in Vox Media, we earn a partner with a large audience, strategic business, and a strong reach across text, video, and events.”

When it came to the detail of the financial agreement to the deal, terms weren’t disclosed.

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Paramount+ Pulls the Plug on 60 Minutes Streaming Spinoff

The company is talking with 60 Minutes+ employees, who were notified of the decision, about potential positions across CBS

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After one season since its launch in March 2021, ViacomCBS’ Paramount+ has determined to cancel the 60 Minutes streaming spinoff, 60 Minutes+.

“We are proud of the team at 60 Minutes+ and of the stories they produced, which informed the audience about some of the most important issues of our time,” Paramount+ said in a statement.

“Their journalism was recognized with several awards, including a Gracie, National Headliner, and NABJ Salute to Excellence Award. The excellent work that has been done by the 60+ team will continue to be on Paramount+.”

The company is talking with 60 Minutes+ employees, who were notified of the decision, about potential positions across CBS, and intend on finding a home for content already filmed across CBS News platforms.

Pulling the plug on 60 minutes+ is a hit to CBS News who wants to get a new generation of consumers interested in the iconic 60 Minutes brand. The on-air staff of “60 Minutes+” consisted of Seth Doane, Wesley Lowery, Enrique Acevedo, and Laurie Segall. 

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Poppy Harlow to Host “Boss Files” Series on CNN+

Harlow’s series focuses on the most prominent names in business and the tales behind their route to success.

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CNN continues to add content to its upcoming streaming platform CNN+, which will debut in the spring. The latest program coming to the digital outlet is a series hosted by CNN Newsroom anchor Poppy Harlow called “Boss Files.”

“What does it take to be the boss? Harlow will get the answers in this eight-episode series,” the statement said. “Sit in on intimate conversations and confessions from today’s most influential leaders and learn how personal and professional struggles helped them get to where they are now. 

Harlow’s series focuses on the most prominent names in business and the tales behind their route to success. She’s interviewed various names on CNN’s platform, including Warren Buffett, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Bill Gates, etc. 

The CNN anchor is currently pursuing a one-year Master of Studies in Law at Yale Law School. It’s a program designed for people who are not lawyers but want to acquaint themselves with legal studies and apply understanding of the law to their regular day jobs. 

Harlow began the program back in August and is expected to return to CNN full-time in the spring, reuniting with Jim Sciutto on the 9-11 a.m. weekday edition of Newsroom.

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Doctors Want a Covid Misinformation Tag on Joe Rogan’s Podcast

The “Open Letter to Spotify” comes from Rogan’s interview with Dr. Robert Malone, as they called out the podcaster for having someone compare pandemic policies to that of the Holocaust. 

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Members of the medical and scientific community are coming after podcaster Joe Rogan. 

Two hundred and seventy “scientists, medical professionals, professors, and science communicators” request Spotify add a misinformation policy to “The Joe Rogan Experience” podcast.

The “Open Letter to Spotify” comes from Rogan’s interview with Dr. Robert Malone, as they called out the podcaster for having someone compare pandemic policies to that of the Holocaust. 

“By allowing the propagation of false and societally harmful assertions, Spotify is enabling its hosted media to damage public trust in scientific research and sow doubt in the credibility of data-driven guidance offered by medical professionals,” the letter states. 

“Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, Joe Rogan has repeatedly spread misleading and false claims on his podcast, provoking distrust in science and medicine. He has discouraged vaccination in young people and children, incorrectly claimed that mRNA vaccines are ‘gene therapy,’ promoted off-label use of ivermectin to treat COVID-19 (contrary to FDA warnings), and spread a number of unsubstantiated conspiracy theories.”

YouTube removed Rogan’s interview with Malone, and Twitter suspended Malone’s account earlier this month for violating the social media outlet’s policy for posting Covid-19 misinformation.

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