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9:50 AM ET, June 5, 2018


 Top News: 
Gabriel Sherman / Vanity Fair:
Sources: Rupert Murdoch meddled in Lachlan Murdoch's efforts to oust Fox News co-president Jack Abernethy; Fox News having trouble monetizing pro-Trump coverage  —  Rupert thwarted the revenge firing of an old Lachlan adversary—and it's not the new Fox News's only problem.
Stewart Clarke / Variety:
Vice strikes deal with UK broadcaster Channel 4 to add 900 hours of programming, including 200 hours of new content, to its on-demand service All4  —  More than 900 hours of Vice programming will be available on Channel 4's All4 on-demand service after the youth brand struck a deal with the British broadcaster.
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
How comment hosting service Disqus, which gets ~2B unique visitors/month and supports anonymous comments, is losing its battle against trolls and hate speech  —  The commenting giant Disqus has said repeatedly that it doesn't allow hate speech.  But its platform is overrun with trolls, white nationalists, and neo-Nazis.
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
The New York Times' crossword app has 400K standalone subscribers who either pay $6.95 per month or get a 50% discount with a Times subscription  —  In the past two years, The New York Times has doubled the number of subscribers to its crossword app, according to a press release from the Times.
Discussion: Business Wire
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The UK government approves bid from US media giant Comcast to take over Sky, indicates it will approve 21st Century Fox's rival bid if they sell Sky News  —  UK government conditionally clears Fox and Comcast offers, setting up bidding war  —  The UK government has approved a bid …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sports site The Athletic says it has more than 100K subscribers who are charged either $5 a month or $60 per year; skeptics say subscription model is risky  —  Premium salaries lure writers; skeptics caution business model is risky  —  Stephen Curry, the star point guard for the Golden State Warriors …
Discussion: The Big Lead and Awful Announcing
Sarah Jones / Columbia Journalism Review:
Journalists discuss the hardships of entering the business with low-income backgrounds and the difficulty in placing stories on poverty and class  —  How journalism got so out of touch with the people it covers  —  To become a journalist, Rajaa Elidrissi knew she would need a strategy.
Joan E. Solsman / CNET:
Apple adds browse tab to Apple News to help users find new topics, new channels, and stories from publishers, is adding new sidebar to News and Stocks on iPad  —  Apple is adding a new browse tab and sidebar to its Apple News curation of articles, the company said Monday at its Worldwide Developers Conference in San Jose, California.
Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Amazon hasn't said how many Prime members use Prime Video Channels, which has become a big distributor for OTT networks; networks not worried about ceding power  —  Amazon has become a significant driver of subscriptions for TV companies with over-the-top streaming channels.
Sources: ABC executives are keen to do a spin-off show of “Roseanne”, with an announcement possibly imminent  —  ABC wants to move forward with a second reboot of “Roseanne” and we're told an announcement could be imminent.  —  Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ …
Katherine Cowdrey / The Bookseller:
English PEN says it is reviewing its policies, after family of murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia said PEN board member's law firm had harassed her  —  English PEN has revealed it is embarking on a review of its policies after being accused of a potential conflict of interest with one of its board members.
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Max Willens / Digiday:
Podcaster Wondery to fully adopt IAB's new measurement transition; transition sees double-digit percentage drop for downloads amid artificially inflated counts
Jason Lynch / Adweek:
Nickelodeon President Cyma Zarghami steps down after more than 30 years at the company, 10 years at the helm, COO Sarah Levy named interim president
Andrew Eversden / Current:
Indian Country Today relaunches with a business model focused on grant funding and audience donations and will produce a newscast for Native radio stations
Rukmini Callimachi / New York Times:
NYT journalists behind “The ISIS Files” answer readers' questions about the methods and ethics of collecting and publishing the 15K Islamic State documents
Jacques Klopp / Agence France-Presse:
Draft French law would allow authorities to immediately halt the publication of information deemed false ahead of elections; critics raise censorship issues
 Earlier Picks: 
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Source: Twitter disbands live video unit, folds it into content partnerships team; ex-Head of News Peter Greenberger and exec Todd Swidler are leaving
Discussion: Seeking Alpha
Ellis Clopton / Variety:
Nancy Grace partners with iHeartMedia for “Crime Alert with Nancy Grace”, a daily 60-second audio round-up of the latest crime stories, launching July 23
Steven Perlberg / BuzzFeed:
Reporters say it's becoming more difficult to cover the White House, with Trump's inner circle shrinking and sources now afraid to talk
Discussion: Politico
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism hires ex-Gizmodo Media Group CEO Raju Narisetti to run its Knight-Bagehot program for business journalists