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5:00 PM ET, May 21, 2015


 Top News: 
Josh Halliday / Guardian:
Daily Mirror owners must pay £1.2m to celebrity phone-hacking victims  —  High court judge orders Trinity Mirror to compensate Sadie Frost, Paul Gascoigne and others for suffering caused by intrusions  —  The publisher of the Daily and Sunday Mirror has been ordered to pay £1.2m …
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Trinity Mirror more than doubles phone-hacking payout fund to £28m  —  Saily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People publisher is still facing claims from more than 100 high-profile figures  —  Trinity Mirror has more than doubled its phone hacking payout fund to £28m …
Discussion: @marksweney
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Digital breakthrough: Times advertisers agree to pay same rate for tablet edition as print  —  Times advertisers are to begin paying the same rate for display advertising in the title's tablet edition as they do in print.  —  The agreement, reached with a number of key ad agencies …
Discussion: @raju, @mathewi and @dannysullivan
Brent Lang / Variety:
New York Times Changes Film Review Policy, Can't Guarantee Coverage  —  The New York Times is changing its film review policies, with the paper telling distributors this week that it can no longer guarantee its critics will weigh in on every film that screens in the city.
Brian Crecente / Polygon:
Rockstar parent company sues BBC over upcoming GTA drama  —  Take-Two Interactive today filed a lawsuit against the BBC over the broadcaster's upcoming unauthorized television show about the birth, growth and controversies of Grand Theft Auto developer Rockstar Games.  —  The suit was filed in London Thursday morning.
John Plunkett / Guardian:
Digital radio hits nearly 40% of all listening  —  BBC Radio 4 Extra overtakes 6 Music as digital-only commercial stations such as Absolute 80s and Planet Rock attract record audiences  —  Nearly 40% of radio listening is now on digital with record audiences for digital-only commercial stations including Absolute 80s and Planet Rock.
Discussion: RAIN News
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
More than two dozen publishers agree to drop licensing fees for climate change content ahead of December UN summit  —  Global news organisations agree to share climate change content  —  The Guardian, El País, Le Monde and China Daily are among 25 publishers aiming to raise awareness in the runup to the next UN summit
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
Time magazine, The Economist, Forbes, and Quartz among pubs creating audio versions of stories to engage mobile users  —  Time channels radio to boost mobile time spent  —  Digital media is going back to the future by channeling the early days of radio by giving digital visitors the option of having the news read to them.
Discussion: @digiday and Mediashift
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
TV overtakes radio as most popular platform for international news for the first time in BBC history, as global audience passes 300M  —  BBC global audience passes 300 million  —  Television overtakes radio as most popular platform for international news for first time in corporation's history
Catalina Albeanu /
New Deutsche Welle app, due in June, will have geolocated push alerts for eyewitness media  —  New DW app will have geolocated push alerts for eyewitness media  —  The German outlet hopes the new approach will generate more contributions and story ideas from all over the world
David Katzmaier / CNET:
Sling TV app comes to Android TV, adds ESPN Deportes  —  The $20/month live TV service is now available on Android TV devices like the Google Nexus Player and some 2015 Smart TVs from Sony and Sharp.  Sling is also offering a discount on a Nexus Player, and announced ESPN Deportes as part of a $5/month add-on pack.
Matthew Pennington / Associated Press:
US group: Foreign authors censored in China without knowing  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S.-based advocacy group is warning Western authors to be vigilant of censorship of their work in China's fast-growing book publishing industry, which is sometimes done without their knowledge.
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