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8:25 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.
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
WSJ launches Noted, a monthly digital news and culture magazine for 18- to 34-year-olds; cover stories are free to read; others may be behind WSJ's paywall  —  The Wall Street Journal has been previewing Noted, a monthly digital “news and culture” magazine for 18- to 34-year-olds …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Tribune is in talks to add co-founder of Alden to its board, as part of an agreement that prevents Alden from making a hostile bid for rest of Tribune  —  Pact would extend Alden's standstill agreement with Tribune  —  Tribune Publishing Co. TPCO .20% is in talks to add the co-founder …
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Chao Deng / Wall Street Journal:
Discussion: @jchengwsj and @benmullin
Los Angeles Times:
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 819 new members; the group is 45% female and 36% people from underrepresented ethnic/racial groups  —  The movie industry may be almost entirely shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic but the film academy is continuing to open up.
Billy Steele / Engadget:
Spotify expands its Premium Duo plan, which allows ad-free streaming for two people for $12.99 per month, to 55 markets including the US  —  Streaming services have been offering family plans for years.  While the terms and prices may change, the basic premise is the same …
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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Jari Tanner / Associated Press:
Latvia bans seven channels belonging to RT, saying it is effectively controlled by a media figure who is under EU sanctions
Discussion: Politico
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
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
Discussion: Engadget and Mashable
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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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
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