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3:40 AM ET, July 1, 2020

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Abner Li / 9to5Google:
YouTube TV is raising its monthly rate to $65 from $50, due to “the rising cost of content”; some ViacomCBS channels are becoming available on the service today  —  Back in April of last year, YouTube TV raised its monthly fee to $49.  The cord-cutting subscription will soon cost $64.99 for all.
Kelsey Sutton / Adweek:
Bozoma Saint John, veteran of Uber, Apple, and Pepsi-Cola, is joining Netflix as CMO, succeeding Jackie Lee-Joe, who joined Netflix a year ago  —  Marketing heavy hitter succeeds Jackie Lee-Joe after just a year  —  Marketing powerhouse Bozoma Saint John is joining the streaming giant Netflix as chief marketing officer.
Politico:
The wife of The Hill's owner was an unpaid advisor to Melania Trump for six months, an arrangement the outlet didn't disclose in articles about the first lady  —  The owner of the news outlet that published the columns at the center of the Ukraine scandal helped secure an unpaid White House position …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook will change its News Feed algorithm to prioritize news stories with original reporting and demote ones that are not transparent about their authors  —  Beginning today, Facebook will be updating the way news stories are ranked in its News Feed to prioritize original reporting, executives tell Axios.
Kevin Roose / New York Times:
Q&A with Reddit CEO Steve Huffman on banning r/The_Donald and other problematic subreddits after resisting for years  —  Steve Huffman, Reddit's co-founder and chief executive, says new rule changes will help the company fulfill its mission.  —  On Monday, Reddit …
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Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube bans six channels, including those of white supremacists Stefan Molyneux, David Duke, and Richard Spencer, for violating its hate speech policies
Voice of America:
US Agency for Global Media CEO Michael Pack names longtime journalist Elez Biberaj as VOA acting director, announces interim heads for other USAGM outlets  —  The U.S. Agency for Global Media has named longtime Voice of America journalist Elez Biberaj as the agency's acting director.
Discussion: USAGM and Axios
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
Disney's ESPN Plus gets a $1 price increase in August for new subscribers, to $5.99 per month, with the annual price remaining at $50  —  Annual memberships won't be affected  —  ESPN Plus is getting a $1 price hike in August to $5.99 a month, making the baseline price for Disney's sports streaming app the same as Hulu's basic tier.
The Daily Beast:
New York judge issues a temporary restraining order halting publication of Mary Trump's book and orders her and Simon & Schuster to appear in court July 10  —  Mary Trump's upcoming, explosive tell-all about the president has hit a temporary setback as a judge grants Robert Trump a Temporary Restraining Order to halt publication.
Natasha Bertrand / Politico:
A senior Veteran Affairs employee says she was fired for expressing her right to free speech after secretly launching the “Mueller, She Wrote” podcast  —  A senior Veterans Affairs official says she was forced out of her job for expressing her right to free speech.
Scribd Blog:
Scribd is expanding its magazine catalog, available for $9.99/month, to more than 1,000 titles from 25+ countries, including Harper's Magazine  —  Expanded offering includes magazines from over 25 countries and top publications like The Atlantic, TIME, People, Bloomberg Businessweek, Entrepreneur, and Entertainment Weekly.
Discussion: Engadget and Mashable
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Pacific Media Workers Guild reach a deal in which 12 journalists agree to be laid off; others will take furloughs of 6 weeks each  —  An agreement with the guild also includes six weeks of furloughs  —  The Honolulu Star-Advertiser was supposed to lose …
Discussion: @genepark
Dan Kennedy / Media Nation:
Memo: Vinay Mehra, president of Boston Globe Media Partners, is leaving after three years  —  Vinay Mehra, president of Boston Globe Media Partners, is leaving after three years at the helm, according to an announcement to employees by managing director Linda Henry late this afternoon.
Discussion: @bosbizdon
 
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
The BBC's Local Democracy Reporters scheme funds 150 reporters in partner newsrooms, of which ~90% belong to the UK's three biggest local news groups
Alex Barker / Financial Times:
Survey of 58 WFA members, who are responsible for $90B+ of ad spending worldwide, finds ~33% will suspend or are likely to suspend spending on social media
Lian Buan / RAPPLER:
Rappler's Maria Ressa and Reynaldo Santos file a motion for reconsideration in their cyber libel case, citing 13 errors by the judge and accusing her of malice
Discussion: @mariaressa
Ronan Shields / Adweek:
Sell-side ad tech company Rubicon Project, which merged with Telaria in April, rebrands as Magnite
Discussion: Mumbrella and AdExchanger
Matthew J. Belvedere / CNBC:
Netflix says it will put 2% of its cash holdings, currently ~$100M, toward financial institutions and organizations dedicated to helping Black communities
 Earlier Picks: 
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
In recent years, Netflix has embraced YouTube, its biggest competitor, gaining 1M+ subscribers on its channel Netflix Is a Joke and around 3M for Netflix Junior
Olivia Nuzzi / New York Magazine:
Betsy Rothstein, a Washington, DC, media gossip columnist who worked at The Hill, Fishbowl DC, and then The Daily Caller, has died of cancer
New York Times:
The New York Times pulls its stories from Apple News, saying the service does not align with its strategy of building direct relationships with paying readers
Rahul Shrivastava / India Today:
Indian government bans 59 Chinese apps including TikTok, UC News, UC Browser, and WeChat, citing national security and maintaining public order