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1:45 AM ET, June 1, 2015


 Top News: 
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
NBC trying to keep Brian Williams - but maybe not as ‘Nightly News’ anchor  —  Brian Williams may lose his seat as anchor of the “NBC Nightly News,” but executives are looking for a way to keep him at the network in a new role.  —  Weeks of complex negotiations between Williams and NBC are not yet complete …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Wearable users will demand customized experiences which news companies aren't ready to provide yet  —  The Apple Watch will expose how little publishers know about their readers  —  Editor's note: The new issue of our sister publication Nieman Reports is coming out soon …
The Concessionist / The Awl:
The Awl's “Concessionist”: don't major in journalism, even if you might want to be a journalist some day  —  I'm Graduating High School and I Want to Be a Journalist but Everyone Says I'm Nuts!  —  The Concessionist gives advice like... once a month maybe?  Whatever.  I'm busy.
Adrian Pope / PIAS:
How severe caps on Spotify's free tier in Spain, imposed at the behest of some rights-holders, choked revenue growth for an independent label  —  Clamp down on free Spotify?  Now is not the time for knee-jerk decisions.  —  The following blog on digital music comes from Adrian Pope …
Deborah Netburn / Los Angeles Times:
Ken Layne gave up blogging and founded Desert Oracle, a quarterly print magazine where he is the writer, editor, designer, ad salesman, and more  —  Writer chucks political blog to cover, in print only, weird and wild of the desert  —  Ken Layne is driving past Wonder Valley …
Discussion: LA Observed
Tyler Falk /
WNYC to self-distribute Radiolab, On the Media  —  WNYC is breaking its distribution ties with NPR to self-distribute its terrestrial radio shows Radiolab and On the Media starting Oct. 1.  It will also self-distribute its new show with the New Yorker when it launches this fall.
Discussion: @jayrosen_nyu
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg Business:
Quality, expensive TV shows need more viewers to be sustainable, but audiences are dwindling  —  TV's ‘Golden Age’ Won't Last Because You're Not Watching Enough  —  The entertainment industry will air more than 400 original TV shows this year, lavishing hundreds of millions of dollars …
Discussion: @zimbalist and TV[R]EV, Thanks:@gerryfsmith
John Koblin / New York Times:
A look at Bob Schieffer as he signs off of Face the Nation on Sunday after 24 years as host and 46 with CBS  —  Bob Schieffer of ‘Face the Nation’ Prepares to Sign Off  —  Bob Schieffer tried to retire a decade ago.  CBS asked him to stay.  Mr. Schieffer tried again a few years later.
Discussion: Politico, @bobschieffer and NOLA River
New York Times:
Irish media silenced by legal threats from reporting claims in Ireland's parliament about media mogul Denis O'Brien's favorable loan rates  —  Clash Between Irish Billionaire and Broadcaster Reopens Wounds  —  LONDON — When the financial crash hit in 2008, it plunged Ireland …
Alan Rusbridger / Guardian:
‘Farewell, readers’: Alan Rusbridger on leaving the Guardian after two decades at the helm  —  After 20 years as editor, Alan Rusbridger is stepping down.  Here he reflects on two decades of sweeping change - from broadsheet to Berliner, Aitken to Snowden, and newsprint to pixels …
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
How Google and director Justin Lin created Help, a mobile only 360-degree video film that can be freely explored by the viewer  —  How Google and Justin Lin Are Reinventing Movies For Mobile (Exclusive)  —  A day after leaving the “Fast and Furious” franchise, Justin Lin got a curious phone call.
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
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Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
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James B. Stewart / New York Times:
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Discussion: LostRemote and @fmanjoo
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Amazon Debuts A $99 Kindle Bundle For Kids Including An E-Reader, Cover And Warranty
Discussion: GalleyCat, @tcarmody and The Slanted