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5:10 PM ET, July 1, 2020

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Reuters:
Over 400 advertisers are due to suspend Facebook ads on Wednesday for a month, as sources say talks broke down; Zuckerberg will meet boycott organizers  —  NEW YORK/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Advertisements for more than 400 brands including Coca-Cola and Starbucks are due to vanish from Facebook …
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Jacob Silverman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Over 15 journalists describe covering Facebook, which they say lies on the record, has ghost-written op-eds, and has demanded quote approval for interviews  —  One day in July 2016, Casey Newton, a tech reporter for The Verge, sat down at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park for the biggest interview of his career.
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Fox News says it has fired America's Newsroom anchor and former chief White House correspondent Ed Henry over sexual misconduct claims  —  The network says it terminated the former chief White House correspondent after receiving a complaint from a former employee's attorney.
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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins, says it will no longer publish Ed Henry's book, Saving Colleen, after he was fired over sexual misconduct claims  —  The network announced Wednesday that the rising on-air star had been fired after an investigation into allegations of misconduct.
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
NBCUniversal's Peacock strikes a non-exclusive licensing deal for ViacomCBS movies and TV shows, including The Godfather Trilogy and Undercover Boss  —  - ViacomCBS will license TV shows including “Ray Donovan” and “Undercover Boss” and movies such as “The Godfather” and “The Talented Mr. Ripley” …
VICE:
Over 40 sources detail discontent at Los Angeles Times, which hired Norman Pearlstine to fix a chaotic newsroom; some staff are frustrated at too little change  —  Two years ago, a billionaire owner asked Norman Pearlstine to reinvent a storied American newspaper.  Some in his own newsroom say he's fallen short.
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 …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
NBCU sells Bluprint, its streaming service focused on crafts and hobbies, to TN Marketing, a Minneapolis-based streaming business  —  NBCUniversal told members of Bluprint in May that it was planning to wind down the subscription VOD service centered on crafts and hobbies “over the next few months.”
Julie Posetti / CNN:
Sources: Maria Ressa told Facebook execs in 2018 that “I could go to jail” if no changes were made about misinformation and threats against her and her staff  —  Journalist Maria Ressa speaks after being convicted by Duterte government  —  Julie Posetti (PhD) has studied and reported on Rappler and Ressa since 2014.
Nick Summers / Engadget:
UK's Competition and Markets Authority calls for a “pro-competition regulatory regime” to monitor Facebook, Google, and other digital ad giants  —  The UK's Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has called on the UK government to create “a new pro-competition regulatory regime” …
 
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Report: Twitch crossed 5B hours watched in Q2, up 62.7% QoQ and 83.1% YoY; YouTube Gaming Live grew 39.6% QoQ to reach 1.5B hours
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
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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
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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
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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
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
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
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
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
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