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2:20 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”
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.
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 …
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
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 …
Gilad Edelman / Wired:
A look at CaliberAI, a company that develops a tool for detecting potentially libelous claims, which may be particularly valuable for short-staffed newsrooms  —  CaliberAI wants to help overstretched newsrooms with a tool that's like spell-check for libel.  But its potential uses go far beyond traditional media.
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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