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3:30 PM ET, May 21, 2021


 Top News: 
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Tribune shareholders vote to approve Alden's $633M purchase of the chain; Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong, who owns a 24% stake in Tribune, abstained from voting  —  The bid by Alden, which already owns about 200 local newspapers, had faced resistance from Tribune staff and a last-ditch rival offer.
Orlando Sentinel:
While a spokeswoman for Patrick Soon-Shiong said he abstained, Tribune officials said his ballots lacked a check in the “abstain” box and were tallied as “yes”  —  Shareholders of the parent company of the Orlando Sentinel, Tribune Publishing, voted Friday for the company …
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
A look at big Tribune shareholder Patrick Soon-Shiong's early days as owner of The LA Times, ahead of the vote on Tribune's sale to Alden
Ray Stern / Phoenix New Times:
AP has fired reporter Emily Wilder after conservative media wrote about her prior pro-Palestinian activism; AP told Wilder she violated social media policy  —  The Associated Press' Phoenix bureau fired former Arizona Republic writer Emily Wilder this week following negative articles …
Eric Ting / SFGATE:
Emily Wilder, fired by AP after harassment from conservatives prompted a review of her social media, says her firing was “selective enforcement” of AP's policy  —  Emily Wilder, a journalist and 2020 graduate of Stanford University, started a new job as an Associated Press news associate based …
The Information:
Sources: Axios is in talks to be acquired by Axel Springer, which owns Insider and is an investor in Group Nine Media  —  German media conglomerate Axel Springer is in talks to acquire Axios, according to people familiar with the matter, continuing a consolidation of the digital media sector.
The Information:
Sources: Netflix is looking to hire an executive to oversee an expansion into video games, as it considers options including an Apple Arcade-like games bundle  —  Netflix is looking to hire an executive to oversee an expansion into videogames, a sign it is stepping up its efforts …
Ben Quinn / The Guardian:
UK justice secretary says the government has to investigate “whether the governance of the BBC does need reform” after report on Bashir interview with Diana  —  PM says he is ‘obviously very concerned’ after inquiry condemns Martin Bashir's 1995 broadcast
Marina Hyde / The Guardian:
Fleet Street's condemnation of the BBC over the Bashir interview is hypocritical given UK tabloids' own terrible behavior around Diana and her family
Patricia Nilsson / Financial Times:
Open letter expresses concern that the UK government is being advised on the BBC by a panel that meets in secret with no public record of its agenda or advice
BBC apologizes after a report finds Martin Bashir used “deceitful” methods to get his interview with Princess Diana and that BBC covered up Bashir's behavior
In 2020, the Trump administration secretly sought and obtained two months of phone and email records from 2017 of CNN Pentagon correspondent Barbara Starr  —  Washington (CNN)The Trump administration secretly sought and obtained the 2017 phone and email records of a CNN correspondent …
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Twitter will soon let US users with 1,000+ followers who've hosted three Spaces in the past 30 days apply to host Ticketed Spaces, with Twitter taking a 20% cut  —  After Apple and Google's cut  —  Twitter's getting ready for the launch of its Ticketed Spaces feature, and today …
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Glenn Greenwald and The Intercept accuse each other of endangering journalists, and Intercept staff say he's cynically creating controversy for more subscribers  —  It all ended badly last October when Glenn Greenwald, the pugnacious, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, quit the investigative news site …
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Declan Walsh / New York Times:
Ethiopia expels an Irish journalist, Simon Marks, who was working for NYT, without explanation a month before much-delayed Parliamentary elections
Media Development Investment Fund launches MDIF Ventures, which will invest $1M in 12 young media companies in places where access to news is threatened
 Earlier Picks: 
Associated Press:
The Knight Foundation, which funds the UNC professorship offered to Nikole Hannah-Jones, is urging the university to reconsider its decision to deny her tenure
Washington Post:
Sources: Chris Cuomo took part in Governor Cuomo's strategy sessions on how to respond to harassment allegations; CNN says his involvement was a mistake
Raleigh News & Observer:
Two USA Today Network journalists were arrested in NC while covering a protest of the lack of criminal charges in the death of Andrew Brown Jr., then released
Alice Yin / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago mayor said she would talk only to reporters of color on one day to confront lack of newsroom diversity; NABJ says it can't support excluding journalists