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9:35 AM ET, June 12, 2018


 Top News: 
Becky Roberts / What Hi-Fi?:
BBC, ITV, Channel 4, and network operator Arqiva partner to invest £125M in streaming platform Freeview Play over five years, in bid to beat Netflix and Amazon  —  We are part of The Trust Project What is it?  —  New Freeview Play development offers some security to the future of free-to-air TV.
Discussion: The Drum and Financial Times
American Press Institute:
Report: 29% of Americans subscribe to a print or digital newspaper; 42% say news is too commentarial; majority of adults up to 29 say news is fairly inaccurate  —  This research was conducted by the Media Insight Project — an initiative of the American Press Institute and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
A group of seven media associations sent Facebook a letter protesting ads policy that would lump promoted news articles with political and advocacy ads  —  A group of seven media associations June 11 sent Facebook a letter protesting its issue ads policy that would lump news articles …
Discussion: HuffPost, Axios and MediaPost
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Comcast will formalize its all-cash offer for most of 21st Century Fox's assets if AT&T-Time Warner deal is approved  —  - Comcast will formalize its all-cash bid for Fox's assets on Wednesday if AT&T's bid for Time Warner is approved, sources say.
New York Times:
Head of Amazon's TV and movie division Jennifer Salke discusses her strategy of series development, luring talent, and high-risk adaptations  —  CULVER CITY, Calif. — Jennifer Salke has been the head of Amazon's television and movie division for four months.
Makena Kelly / The Verge:
A look at what happens now that net neutrality rules have been rolled back, including its immediate implications and legal pushback  —  A field guide to Ajit Pai's internet  —  As of June 11th, the legal protections against content discrimination on the internet are gone.
Joe Nocera / Bloomberg:
Ex-New York Times columnist Joe Nocera opens up about his struggle with depression and bipolar disorder and how it impacted his work at the paper  —  Help end the stigma: Let's talk about mental health.  —  If you spent any time on social media this past weekend, you no doubt saw hundreds …
Rachel Sadon / DCist:
The DCist has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help finance its relaunch under its new owner, Washington D.C. NPR station WAMU  —  Oh hey, there.  Welcome back.  We're delighted to have you here.  —  It's been a minute (221 days to be exact, but who's counting?) since DCist went dark …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Report: advertisers spent ~$314M on podcast ads in 2017, up 86% YoY from ~$169M in 2016, with 35.7% of spending coming from brand-awareness ads and content  —  Total spending on podcast ads rose 86% last year, but the format remains relatively niche  —  Marketers are starting to tune in to the growing appetite for podcasting.
Discussion: Recode, IAB and MediaPost
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
UK newspapers The Sun and The Daily Express face criticism over front pages on Brexit vote, are accused of trying to intimidate MPs
Cale Guthrie Weissman / Fast Company:
The Outline laid off two editorial staff from its Power section; founder and editor in chief Joshua Topolsky says “we let go of two underperforming employees”
Anna Merlan / Jezebel:
Reporter who broke Glenn Thrush story, Laura McGann, says she was subjected to a smear campaign and that NYT failed to properly investigate her allegations
Meg Dalton / Columbia Journalism Review:
Inside Bundyville, a seven-episode podcast produced by Longreads and Oregon Public Broadcasting that goes beyond the 2014 armed standoff on federal land
 Earlier Picks: 
Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Fox & Friends host Abby Huntsman issues apology, after referring to Trump's meeting with Kim Jong-un in Singapore as a meeting between “two dictators”
Discussion: The Daily Caller and The Week
Jaclyn Peiser / New York Times:
Craigslist founder Craig Newmark donates $20M to CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, which will rename itself the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism
Megan Graham / Ad Age:
Cannes Festival to name Spotify as the “media brand of the year” for 2018, in a departure from naming individuals as the “media person of the year”
Discussion: Adweek, Digiday and Mumbrella