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2:35 PM ET, June 18, 2020


 Top News: 
Kerry Flynn / CNN:
Colin Kaepernick joins Medium's board and will write for Medium publications; Kaepernick Publishing will create stories for Medium about race and civil rights  —  New York (CNN Business)Colin Kaepernick is expanding his media ambitions.  —  The athlete-turned-civil-rights- activist …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Kim Kardashian West reaches a deal with Spotify for a podcast about her work with the Innocence Project, which seeks to clear wrongly convicted people  —  Show would explore the celebrity's work with the Innocence Project  —  Kim Kardashian West reached a deal with Spotify Technology SA …
Washington Post:
US DOJ escalates the legal battle against John Bolton, seeking a temporary restraining order blocking publication of his White House memoir  —  The Justice Department on Wednesday night sought an emergency order from a judge blocking the publication of former national security adviser John …
Kevin G. Hall / McClatchy:
Filing: the “supplemental” pensions McClatchy stopped paying amid bankruptcy totaled $118M+ at the end of 2019; former CEO Gary Pruitt tops the list at $14.5M  —  Hundreds of former McClatchy and Knight Ridder employees ranging from CEOs to sports columnists were owed supplemental …
Discussion: @joshshaffer08
Jake Kanter / Deadline:
Amazon is planning to stream four Premier League games for free on Twitch in the UK, starting June 29  —  EXCLUSIVE: Amazon is planning to stream live Premier League fixtures for free on Twitch in the UK as it aims to give fans the chance to interact with each other while games are being played.
James Ball / Columbia Journalism Review:
Micropayments for articles won't work because of economic, philosophical, and logistical reasons, among them is that most pubs are conceived as package deals  —  It circulates every few weeks on social media, and gets thousands of shares each time—often when a news outlet has announced layoffs or losses.
Discussion: @cjr
Anthony Ha / TechCrunch:
Flipboard debuts Storyboards, letting publishers and verified users create roundups of articles, videos, tweets, and more, as part of its new Curator Pro tool  —  Flipboard is giving news publishers and other curators on the platform a new way to highlight content through a format called Storyboards.
James Hercher / AdExchanger:
YouTube announces new shoppable video ad unit, with clickable product images that link to the advertising brand's product  —  Google released a direct response ad format for YouTube on Thursday that will make YouTube ads more shoppable, and more closely integrated with a brand's Google Merchant Center account.
Sources: heads of 4 outlets overseen by the US Agency for Global Media were fired Wednesday, heightening fear that CEO Michael Pack will politicize the agency  —  New York (CNN Business)The new chief executive of the US Agency for Global Media (USAGM) has yet to show up for his job …
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook and Instagram will allow some US users to turn off political ads starting Wednesday; the feature will roll out to all US users over the next few weeks  —  - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday announced the social network will allow its users to turn off seeing political ads.
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
After June 30, when Alden can increase its Tribune stake, Alden could take full control or force a sale or Tribune could sell off its papers separately
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
SiriusXM will acquire podcast management platform Simplecast, with plans to integrate the company with its digital audio ads subsidiary AdsWizz
Callum Borchers / WBUR:
Boston NPR affiliate WBUR, one of the largest in public radio, to lay off 29 people, or 10%+ of its staff, to help reduce its operating budget by ~13%, to ~$40M