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2:50 PM ET, June 24, 2020

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Rachel Abrams / New York Times:
ViacomCBS says The Comey Rule mini-series will air in September, ahead of election day, after its director criticized its late-November release date  —  The series director criticized ViacomCBS's announcement that it would broadcast “The Comey Rule” in late November.  On Wednesday, the air date was moved to September.
Discussion: New York Times, Variety, The Wrap and /Film
Tiffany Hsu / New York Times:
Ben & Jerry's, Eddie Bauer, and Magnolia Pictures join Patagonia, REI, and others suspending Facebook ads in July to protest amplification of hate speech  —  Eddie Bauer, Magnolia Pictures, Ben & Jerry's and others have suspended campaigns over the platform's content moderation practices.
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Pranshu Verma / New York Times:
A lawsuit, filed on behalf of the Open Technology Fund, argues dismissal of heads of OTF and four outlets by Global Media's new CEO Michael Pack was unlawful  —  The suit is the first legal action taken against Michael Pack after he fired the heads of the technology organization and four journalism outlets under his purview last week.
Discussion: NPR and Letters from an American
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Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Open Technology Fund, the US digital speech advocate that funded Signal and falls under the US Agency for Global Media, faces turmoil amid leadership turnover
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Source: Amazon is “actively pursuing” licensing deals to add live and linear TV to complement its Prime Video offerings  —  Amazon is looking to add 24/7 live programming to its Prime Video service, according to multiple job listings posted over the past several weeks.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Ex-Sunday Times editor Martin Ives named new editor of Times Literary Supplement; Stig Abell named exec editor at News UK's radio and podcast division Wireless  —  Stig Abell is stepping down as editor of the Times Literary Supplement after four years to take up a new role of executive editor …
Discussion: Bookseller News
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Bauer Media is shutting down a few titles in the UK, merging its two golf magazines, and is in advanced stages of negotiations to sell five titles  —  Magazine publisher Bauer is closing a number of titles as part of a review to “protect the long-term health” the business.
Discussion: @pressgazette
Stefan Bondy / New York Daily News:
Sources: Howard Mittman was forced out as CEO of Bleacher Report after employees complained about the lack of diversity at the company's executive level  —  Howard Mittman was forced out as CEO of Bleacher Report after employees passionately objected to the lack of diversity at the company's executive level …
Natalie Jarvey / Hollywood Reporter:
WarnerMedia and iHeartMedia sign a deal to co-produce a slate of companion podcasts for HBO Max shows, which will be available to stream on the HBO Max app  —  Comedy ‘Search Party’ and sci-fi drama ‘Raised by Wolves’ are the first TV series to get companion podcasts.
Discussion: The Streamable and Variety
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Wondery has launched a free app for iOS with original podcasts supported by ads, and an ad-free version, Wondery Plus, for $4.99/mo; Android version will follow  —  Streaming-Video Subscriptions Have Risen During COVID-19 — but So Has ‘Subscription Fatigue,’ Study Finds
Erik Pedersen / Deadline:
Conan Doyle Estate sues Netflix, alleging copyright infringement and trademark violations ahead of release of Enola Holmes, a film about Sherlock Holmes' sister  —  The movie stars Millie Bobby Brown as the much-younger sister of Sherlock Holmes, who proves to be a highly capable detective in her own right.
 
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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Source: Trump's younger brother is seeking a temporary restraining order to block publication of a book due out July 28 by the president's niece, Mary L. Trump
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Scott Alexander / Slate Star Codex:
A pseudonymous blogger behind Slate Star Codex is deleting the blog after an NYT reporter said he knew his name and planned to publish it due to NYT policy
Anthony Pesce / L.A. Times Guild:
LAT union's Black caucus demands management commit to hiring at least 18 Black journalists over 3 years, fix pay gap, engage with communities of color, and more
Wesley Lowery / New York Times:
Not only is “objective neutral” journalism predicated on a white perspective, it deprives readers of plainly stated facts for fear of accusations of partiality