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4:55 PM ET, May 30, 2019


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Gannett has held merger talks with GateHouse Media, which would unite the US's two biggest newspaper groups; it's also spoken to McClatchy and Tribune  —  The potential tie-up would bring together the two largest newspaper groups in the country  —  USA Today publisher Gannett Co …
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
In interview, Michael Wolff says as a non-institutional reporter it's “silly” to ask subjects for their responses to claims when you know what they will be  —  “I'm a New York guy,” the author says.  “Trump is a New York guy.  In the end, we know a lot of the same people.”
Lisa Richwine / Reuters:
Disney's Bob Iger said it would be difficult to film in Georgia if a new abortion law takes effect: “Many people who work for us will not want to work there”  —  ANAHEIM, Calif. (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co Chief Executive Bob Iger told Reuters on Wednesday it would be “very difficult” …
Popular Information:
Netflix said it would rethink filming in GA pending abortion law, but CEO has given $143K to GOP members of MO legislature, which passed an 8-week abortion ban
Daniel Funke / Poynter:
Though fact checks of the Pelosi video on Facebook had small audiences, fact checks for other falsehoods have had more reach than what they debunked  —  Nancy Pelosi didn't slur her words at an event in Washington, D.C., last week.  But a video making it look like she did has been viewed millions of times on Facebook.
Discussion: KQED, @dpfunke, CNN and NBC News
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Netflix and Amazon made £1.1B in revenue in the UK from ~17.7M subscribers while streaming services of UK's four main commercial broadcasters made ~£530M
Discussion: FierceVideo
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Hulu says 70% of its 82M viewers are on the $5.99-per-month ad-supported plan, which generated $1.5B in ad revenue in 2018  —  Hulu sells an ad-free version of its streaming service, just like Netflix.  But the majority of Hulu subscribers are on the $5.99-per-month ad-supported plan …
Brent Lang / Variety:
The Atlantic signs a first-look deal with Anonymous Content for the magazine's past and present content; Emerson Collective is an investor in both companies  —  The Atlantic and Anonymous Content have signed a first-look agreement, Variety has learned.  Under the pact, Anonymous …
Discussion: The Wrap
Farhad Manjoo / New York Times:
Critics slammed Facebook and Twitter for hosting a doctored video of Pelosi, but many overlooked Fox News, which smeared Pelosi via a separate video montage  —  Novel forms of digital misinformation still pale in comparison with Fox News' full-time hall of mirrors.
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Media Policy Project:
A German regulatory proposal aims to ensure content diversity and non-discrimination on streaming platforms and sites like YouTube via algorithm transparency
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
DMGT's Mail Online revenue reached £76M in H1 2019, up 25% YoY; Mail and Metro titles combined report revenue of £343M in H1, up 3% YoY, with profit of £39M
Justin Ray / Columbia Journalism Review:
Former TV reporter Valeria Sistrunk on why she created RateMyStation, a forum that lets journalists write and read anonymous reviews of their newsrooms
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Brad Hill / RAIN News:
Vivendi's Radionomy will shut down US internet radio streaming on its platform this week, offers to migrate stations to Shoutcast for Business
Discussion: hypebot
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Vox Media Union workers walked out for an hour to push for a contract with management; hiring has moved toward part-time and contract jobs since staff unionized
Evan Sernoffsky / San Francisco Chronicle:
San Francisco police obtained search warrants targeting journalist Bryan Carmody's phone records before their raid on his home and office
Alex Johnson / NBC News:
NBC officially launches NBC News Now, a free streaming news service with 8 hours of programming every weekday, expects to have it running 24/7 by 2020