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9:40 PM ET, June 19, 2020


 Top News: 
Pamela McClintock / Hollywood Reporter:
Memo: AMC reverses course after “immediate outcry” from customers and will require moviegoers to wear masks when the company reopens about 450 theaters July 15  —  The country's largest cinema chain came under fierce scrutiny Thursday over comments made by its CEO.
Ben Smith / @benyt:
Memo: NYT will assemble a diverse advisory council to help develop a diversity and inclusion strategy; newsroom to create its own team to study diversity issues  —  And @nytimes just emailed staff with plans to create “a more modern news organization that benefits from the wisdom of a larger and far more diverse staff.”
Ben Smith / @benyt:
Memo: WaPo Publisher Fred Ryan promises a stronger culture of diversity, unconscious bias training for managers, a diversity director, new jobs covering race
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
Sixteen former and current staff at Digital Trends share instances of racism, sexism, sexual harassment, and homophobia at the tech publication  —  On Wednesday, June 10, the entire Digital Trends staff — approximately 130 people — spent three hours in a virtual town hall meeting.
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
The Daily Mail surpassed The Sun to become the UK's best-selling newspaper in May; Murdoch's Sun had been the best-selling paper for 42 years  —  Editor Geordie Greig hails ‘historic moment’ after ending tabloid's 42-year reign  —  After 42 years as the UK's best-selling newspaper, the Sun has lost its title to the Daily Mail.
The Guardian:
Twitter has suspended the account of far-right British commentator Katie Hopkins, who has written for Rebel Media and Mail Online and who had 1.1M+ followers  —  Rightwing commentator's account was suspended to ‘keep platform safe’ from abuse  —  The controversial rightwing commentator Katie Hopkins …
Denise Balkissoon / Chatelaine:
A former journalist at Canada's Globe and Mail details her experience of racism and failed diversity initiatives amid a wider racial reckoning in Canadian media  —  Spoiler: it didn't go well.  At the end of 2019, I left the Globe and Mail, convinced that no one with real power there was ever …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Twitch is growing as a platform for live music, which is now among its top 15 genres; report: Twitch users watched 27M hours of music in May, up 5X from Jan.  —  Long an afterthought to YouTube, Instagram and TikTok, Twitch has won over musicians.  Now it must deal with their lawyers.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's Telegraph to stop publishing branded content and shift to long-term partnerships with advertisers; fewer than 100 non-editorial jobs could be cut  —  The Telegraph is preparing to stop publishing branded content as it responds to the impact of Covid-19 on advertising revenues.
Discussion: MarketWatch and CampaignUK
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Hulu partners with IMAX to exclusively carry 16 IMAX documentaries in the US, including A Beautiful Planet and Destiny in Space; none will be available in 4K  —  Approximately 16 titles in total  —  Hulu is partnering with IMAX to exclusively carry 16 of the technology company's documentaries …
Anthony D'Alessandro / Deadline:
Cinemark to reopen all theaters by July 17; staff will have their temperature tested and wear masks, which moviegoers will be highly encouraged to wear as well  —  Editors' Note: Deadline's Reopening Hollywood series focuses on the complicated effort to get the industry back on its feet while ensuring the safety of everyone involved.
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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Pitchfork staffers staged a four-hour work stoppage Thursday in protest of what they call anti-union initiatives taken by the publication and parent Condé Nast
David Brinkerhoff / USA Today:
The CEO of Gannett's operating company, Paul Bascobert, is leaving; Michael Reed, chairman and CEO of Gannett Co., assumes Bascobert's responsibilities
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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
Mathieu Rosemain / Reuters:
France's top court rejects a draft law compelling social media companies to remove hateful content within 24 hours for interfering excessively in free speech
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
Washington Post:
US DOJ escalates the legal battle against John Bolton, seeking a temporary restraining order blocking publication of his White House memoir