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12:35 PM ET, June 19, 2020


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Brent Lang / Variety:
AMC Theaters expects to resume operations at 450 locations in the US on July 15, won't require moviegoers to wear masks or undergo temperature checks  —  AMC Theatres, the world's largest exhibitor, has unveiled plans to re-open after coronavirus forced it to close its more than 600 venues in the U.S. for nearly four months.
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.
Discussion: BBC, @harperyi and Talking Biz News
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
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
Bloomberg relaunches CityLab, which it bought from Atlantic Media at end of 2019; executive editor Jennifer Sondag says site will be unpaywalled through 2020  —  When Bloomberg acquired CityLab — which reports from the intersection of public policy, urban studies, and city living …
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.
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.
Discussion: Observer
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  —  Gannett Co., on Thursday said that the CEO of its operating company, Paul Bascobert, will leave the company after the board eliminated …
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  —  The influential music site will go dark for four hours on Thursday to bring attention to “clear, demonstrable union-busting …
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  —  PARIS (Reuters) - France's top court rejected most of a draft law that would have compelled social media giants such as Facebook …
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 …
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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
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US DOJ escalates the legal battle against John Bolton, seeking a temporary restraining order blocking publication of his White House memoir
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