Friday, February 4 2022

Dive In


I was required to disclose it when it began but I didn’t. I was wrong. As a result, I am resigning today.

That’s CNN chief Jeff Zucker explaining why he is resigning—before he was fired by Warner Media leadership who wanted him out. The reason: Zucker failed to disclose a longstanding relationship with his colleague Alison Gollust—the head of CNN’s marketing and communications. Some CNN anchors are openly expressing their unhappiness: “These are two consenting adults who are both executives. That they can’t have a private relationship feels wrong.”


Good stuff to check out: On Saturday, comedian Aditi Mittal hosted a very fun and lively splainer AMA with Shrayana Bhattacharya, author of ‘Desperately Seeking Shah Rukh’. Be sure to check it out on our YouTube channel—where you can find all our previous AMAs.

More good stuff to check out: On the latest episode of the splainer podcast ‘Press Decode’, the splainer team looks at the big streaming dramas: Spotify’s misinformation woes and Netflix’s struggle to win India. Be sure to head over to the IVM website, Spotify or Apple Podcasts to listen to it.

Big Story

The big ‘India Out’ campaign in Maldives

The TLDR: Most Indians associate the island nation with holidays of the rich and famous. But Maldives is a highly important strategic asset for India—and China. That’s why New Delhi is worried by a growing ‘India Out’ movement—and a proposed Maldivian law that will make such protests illegal.

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In today’s edition

Headlines That Matter

  • A big Facebook market crash
  • Farmer unions jump in election fray
  • A big Beijing diss to India
  • A $320 million crypto heist
  • Hijab ban spreads in Karnataka
  • Dune kicks ass at the Baftas
  • RIP International Space Station
  • Microplastics inside newborn babies


Sanity Break

  • Indian art at the Paris Couture Week


Weekend Advisory

  • Good stuff to watch this weekend
  • A list of good reads


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