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8:50 AM ET, May 31, 2017


 Top News: 
Page Six:
Sources: Scott Pelley being shifted permanently to 60 Minutes and taken off CBS Evening News; replacement yet to be named  —  Scott Pelley is out at “CBS Evening News,” Page Six has exclusively learned.  —  Sources tell us that 'Poison Pelley's' office was being cleared out on Tuesday …
Mike Allen / Axios:
White House Communications Director Mike Dubke to leave after tendering his resignation May 18, having served just three months  —  Mike Dubke, President Trump's communications director, is leaving the White House — the start of a wave of changes as the West Wing struggles to cope with burgeoning scandals and a stalled agenda.
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Bill Simmons is moving the Ringer from Medium to Vox, and will maintain ownership but split ad revenue as site becomes part of Vox's brand portfolio  —  Revenue from ad sales to be split between the two companies  —  Bill Simmons is taking another step on his winding path through the annals of sports journalism.
David Gauvey Herbert / Quartz:
Fox News reporter who wrote now-retracted report on Seth Rich, Malia Zimmerman, also used anonymous sources to falsely connect local imam to Pulse club shooting  —  Last week, Fox News anchor Sean Hannity reheated the long-cold conspiracy theory connecting the murder of Seth Rich …
Discussion: Mediaite, @oliverdarcy and @willoremus
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Interview with Pitchfork Executive Editor Mark Richardson on how the magazine has changed since being bought by Condé Nast, competition, and evergreen content  —  There's nothing to make you grateful for quality heating like Brooklyn in the winter.  —  Two years ago …
Marc Schneider / Billboard:
Longtime Pitchfork President Chris Kaskie announces he'll be leaving the Condé Nast-owned company later this summer after 14 years
Discussion: @chriskaskie
Jordan Cohen / The New York Times Company:
The NYT newsroom is setting up a Reader Center that will give readers a direct channel to the paper, will be led by international desk editor Hanna Ingber  —  The New York Times is establishing a Reader Center to capitalize on our readers's knowledge and experience, using their voices to make our journalism even better.
Daily Star:
BBC driver Mohammed Nazir among 80 killed in Kabul today and four BBC journalists among 300+ injured during suicide bomb explosion in Afghan's diplomatic region  —  A HUGE explosion near the British embassy in the Afghan capital has killed at least 80 people and wounded 350 more, the Afghan health ministry said.
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
At least 30 sites in six languages invite people to create and spread fake news stories on Facebook, generating more than 13M engagements in the past 12 months  —  Shrina Begum, the owner of Karri Twist, and the fake news story that's ruining her business.  —  Laura Gallant / BuzzFeed
Politico announces it will launch London Playbook on September 4 and hires Jack Blanchard to lead the new newsletter  —  Starting September 4, Playbook is part of a steady POLITICO build up in Britain in 2017.  —  Executive editor Matthew Kaminski sent the following note to staff on May 31:
Discussion: @hadas_gold
Joshua Barone / New York Times:
Digital audiobook company Audible announces $5M fund to commission new audio fiction by emerging playwrights  —  Audible, the digital audiobook giant, announced Tuesday that it would create a $5 million fund to commission new works from emerging playwrights — not for the stage, but for people's headphones and speakers.
Paul Cogan / Business Insider:
BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti stands by decision to publish Trump dossier despite lawsuit from Russian bankers, calls suit an attempt to silence American media  —  SYDNEY — Jonah Peretti, the CEO and cofounder of BuzzFeed, says the media company is prepared to “vigorously defend” …
Discussion: @lanesainty
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