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10:35 AM ET, June 5, 2018


 Top News: 
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 …
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.
Harvey Weinstein appeared before a Manhattan court on Tuesday morning and pleaded not guilty to rape and other charges of sexual misconduct  —  Harvey Weinstein pled not guilty on Tuesday morning to charges of rape and other acts of sexual misconduct.  —  The charges involve two alleged victims.
Discussion: IndieWire
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
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.
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
Pete Vernon / Columbia Journalism Review:
Five years ago today, The Guardian began publishing a series of stories which would become known as The Snowden Leaks  —  Five years ago today, The Guardian began publishing a series of stories that would change the way the public viewed their online lives.
Discussion: @mlcalderone
Kali Hays / WWD:
The Wall Street Journal's desk editors have been told they need to reapply for their positions, amid the newsroom's continued restructure  —  The Wall Street Journal is still reorganizing its newsroom and editors are taking the brunt of it.  Members of The Journal's deep bench of desk editors …
Discussion: @bysamro
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 …
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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
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
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
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
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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
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
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