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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Reuters Institute report: US ranks last among 46 countries for trust in media, with just 29% saying they trust the news; Finland has the highest trust at 65%  —  Just 29% of people surveyed in the U.S. said they trust the news, compared to 45% in Canada and 54% in Brazil.
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Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
Survey of 2K+ Australians: 80% haven't read a newspaper or magazine in the past week, 52% say they're interested in news; print readership halved since 2016
Lillian Rizzo / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Peacock had fewer than 10M paid subs as of May; Comcast is considering a deal with ViacomCBS or acquiring Roku as it seeks to become a streaming giant  —  CEO Brian Roberts is out to prove that having content and distribution under one roof can make his cable colossus a winner
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
NFL says it is exploring options for its media properties, including selling stakes to strategic partners, but insists it will maintain control  —  Football league hires Goldman Sachs to aid in hunt for potential partnerships  —  The National Football League is exploring options …
EJ Dickson / Rolling Stone:
Profile of David Dobrik, a YouTuber notorious for goofy pranks who earned an estimated $15.5M in 2020, and is now under fire for turning trauma into content  —  The leader of the Vlog Squad built an empire on goofy pranks and wild stunts.  Now he's under fire for turning trauma into content.
Discussion: Insider
Katie Deighton / Wall Street Journal:
Airlines are retiring their in-flight magazines globally, citing digital entertainment and claiming removing the heavy magazines reduces carbon emissions  —  Airlines say digital entertainment and mobile browsing are more popular than glossy periodicals, which weigh down planes—literally
New York Times:
Apple Daily says it will cease operations, with online and print editions ending today, after Chinese police froze its accounts and arrested executives  —  The police also arrested an editorial writer as part of an expanding national security investigation into the newspaper that has raised concerns about free speech.
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Nielsen: among top streamers, Hulu had the most average viewing minutes per day in May in the US at 130 minutes, and has the biggest share of viewers 18-34  —  In a virtual presentation today during the Cannes Lions brand confab, Nielsen shed a bit more light on streaming from its growing body of research on the U.S. market.
J. Clara Chan / Hollywood Reporter:
Fuse Media launches Fuse+, a streaming service that is aimed at underrepresented millennial and Gen Z audiences and costs $1.99 a month or $19.99 annually  —  Fuse+, which launches in beta on Tuesday, will cost $1.99 a month and house over 500 hours of original programming.
Discussion: The Verge and Axios
 
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Caitlin Moscatello / New York Magazine:
A 2019 lawsuit by five women anchors at NY1 and sources detail a toxic workplace at the station, driven by prominent anchors like Pat Kiernan and Jamie Stelter
Axios:
News coverage of climate is intensifying with initiatives like Currently and Climate Central, as TV newscasts still focus primarily on extreme weather events
James Batchelor / GamesIndustry.biz:
Q&A with Walt Disney Games' SVP Sean Shoptaw and Disney & Pixar Games' VP Luigi Priore on opening Disney's IP to game studios of all sizes, and more
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Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Q&A with Patreon CEO Jack Conte on its relationship with Apple, App Store's 30% cut, supporting creators across platforms, competing with tech giants, and more
Reuters:
DOJ says it has seized 36 Iranian media websites and sites for groups affiliated with Iran that violate US sanctions and are linked to Iranian disinformation