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3:10 PM ET, June 11, 2020

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Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
In an interview, Heath Freeman of Alden Global Capital says he wants to safeguard the news business, while other industry leaders warn against believing him  —  Ask Heath Freeman why he got into the newspaper business and the explanation is specific and bloodless.
Romain Dillet / TechCrunch:
Snapchat redesigns its app with a new action bar and a new Happening Now banner based on a curation of news stories  —  Snap is unveiling some important changes for Snapchat at its Snap Partner Summit.  The navigation has been rethought with a new action bar at the bottom that lets you access Snap Map and Snap Originals in just a tap.
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Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Bon Appétit releases a statement conceding its racially insensitive past, vowing extensive changes like prioritizing people of color for its EIC candidate pool
Sahil Patel / Wall Street Journal:
Some big-name advertisers join the Association of National Advertisers in asking for TV upfronts to move to fall to negotiate for the following calendar year  —  Procter & Gamble, Bank of America and others want to move upfront negotiations for ads in the multibillion TV market to the fall from the spring.
Discussion: MediaPost
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
A&E cancels reality series Live P.D., which had been renewed for 160 episodes a month ago, following nationwide protests and calls for police reform  —  EXCLUSIVE: A&E has canceled its flagship series and one of the highest-rated shows on basic cable.  A week after Live P.D. was pulled …
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Disney and other companies have suspended advertising on Tucker Carlson's Fox News show in recent weeks, as Carlson ramped up criticism of protests  —  Tucker Carlson may have one of the most watched shows on cable news, but the Fox News Channel host is losing advertisers - again.
Los Angeles Times:
ViacomCBS says it has no plans to drop Pluto channel the First despite staff petition calling to do so because the First airs Bill O'Reilly's show  —  ViacomCBS employees are asking the media company to drop a streaming channel carrying a new show by former Fox News host Bill O'Reilly …
Discussion: The Streamable and The Information
Joe Concha / The Hill:
Trump's campaign sends a letter demanding CNN retract a poll showing Biden leading; CNN lawyer says the campaign is threatening litigation to muzzle speech  —  President Trump's reelection campaign has sent a cease and desist letter to CNN president Jeff Zucker demanding that the network retract …
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Apple pulls podcast apps Pocket Casts and Castro from the App Store in China after the government determined they can be used to access “illegal” content  —  Pocket Casts and Castro are gone from China's App Store  —  Apple has removed Pocket Casts, the popular iOS and Android podcast client, from the App Store in China.
Taylor Lyles / The Verge:
YouTube launches a $100M fund to “amplify” black creators by supporting talent and funding YouTube Originals including Bear Witness, Take Action airing Saturday  —  A YouTube special funded by this initiative is set to air on Saturday  —  YouTube is launching a $100 million fund to …
Robert Silverman / The Daily Beast:
Per current terms only reporters who quarantine at Disney's ESPN complex with NBA teams will be able to interact with players; the NBA won't cover housing costs  —  According to an NBA beat writers association memo obtained by The Daily Beast, reporters who want to cover the resumed season …
Discussion: NPR, @marisa_ingemi and New York Post
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
In email to staff, News UK CEO warns of impending layoffs due to a decline in print sales and ad revenue as a result of the pandemic  —  News UK, publisher of the Sun and Times newspapers, has warned of job cuts as it speeds up its transition to a “digital future” as a result of the impact of the coronavirus on its business.
Discussion: Reuters
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Jason Samenow / Washington Post:
The Weather Company, which runs weather.com and Weather Underground, is laying off writers, editors, and video journalists, and shuttering the Category 6 blog  —  The Weather Company, which operates the popular websites Weather.com and Weather Underground, and offers forecast …
Ashlee Vance / Bloomberg:
OpenAI launches its first commercially available product, an API that can perform a broad set of language tasks, like translation or writing a news story  —  Over the past few months, OpenAI has vacuumed an incredible amount of data into its artificial intelligence language systems.
Abid Rahman / Hollywood Reporter:
HBO Max temporarily pulls Gone With the Wind, the American classic considered controversial for its depiction of Black people and its positive view of slavery  —  The 1939 film has long been considered controversial for its depiction of Black people and its positive view of slavery.
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Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
ViacomCBS' Paramount Network pulls the plug on the long-running TV show Cops after protests over the death of George Floyd; old episodes still air on Pluto TV
Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Recording Academy tweaks rules to remove “urban” from some Grammy Awards categories but adds it to another, promises to make necessary adjustments in the future  —  The Recording Academy announced a series of updates for its 2021 awards, including eligibility rules for best …
 
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Gannett says many of its 260 regional outlets have 10 or fewer news staff and a lot have five or less; The Ithaca Journal in NY has just a single reporter
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Los Angeles County plans to issue guidelines on Thursday for restarting film and TV production; some productions are expected to restart in July and August
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Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Publishers using Google AdSense say they are being penalized by Google's Confirmed Clicks, which, sources say, can reduce programmatic ad revenue by 40-60%
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David Folkenflik / NPR:
A black Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter says the executive editor's letter defending a decision to prevent her from covering protests was dehumanizing