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5:40 PM ET, May 24, 2021


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Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Over 100 AP staff sign a letter saying they “strongly disapprove” with how Emily Wilder's firing was handled and call on AP to update social media policies  —  Over 100 Associated Press employees signed a letter to management Monday saying they “strongly disapprove” …
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon is nearing a deal to buy MGM Holdings for almost $9B, which could be announced as early as this week  —  Deal for the ‘Rocky’ and ‘James Bond’ studio would mark tech company's second largest-ever acquisition  — Inc. is nearing a deal to buy the Hollywood studio MGM Holdings …
New York Times:
Nexta Telegram channel founder Roman Protasevich arrested as Belarus, under orders from Lukashenko, sends fighter jet and forces Ryanair flight to land in Minsk  —  The dissident, Roman Protasevich, co-founded a Telegram channel that is a popular opposition outlet in Belarus.
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Matthew Dessem / Slate:
In a Last Week Tonight episode about sponsored content, John Oliver tricked three local US TV stations into airing a promo for a bogus “sexual wellness blanket”  —  The single greatest thing about Last Week Tonight has always been John Oliver's willingness to spend HBO's money …
New York Times:
Sources: in October 2016, shortly before the AT&T-Time Warner acquisition, Disney's Bob Iger called Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes about a possible deal  —  What if Time Warner had gotten a fateful phone call earlier in 2016?  —  What could have been  —  After its $100 billion deal …
Time says it has 2M paying subscribers across all platforms and is aiming for 10M subscribers by 2030, as it makes changes to editorial leadership structure  —  Time Editor-in-Chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal and Deputy Editor Sam Jacobs sent the following note to staff Monday.  —  Dear all,
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
SiriusXM partners with TikTok for a TikTok music channel on SiriusXM, TikTok playlists on Pandora, and re-airings of Pandora LIVE events on TikTok  —  SiriusXM is leaning into TikTok.  The satellite radio company and Pandora parent today announced a partnership with the social video platform …
Jason Gewirtz / CNBC:
CNBC is selling an NFT of a video of Mark Haines calling a bottom in the stock market on March 10, 2009, to honor the anchor on 10th anniversary of his death  —  CNBC launches NFT of the ‘Haines Bottom’ for charity  —  Ten years to the day since our cherished colleague Mark Haines passed away …
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Tension is rising at WNYC amid HR complaints about bullying and a formal complaint to the NLRB about an alleged campaign by the EIC against her internal critics  —  In public radio, there is either an epidemic of bullying or an epidemic of whining, depending on whom you ask.
David McCabe / New York Times:
A new Florida law regulates how Twitter, YouTube, and others moderate speech, with fines for banning candidates; the law exempts companies that own theme parks  —  The new law, a direct response to Facebook and Twitter's suspension of former President Donald J. Trump, affects candidates for statewide offices.
Pew Research Center:
Study: 33% of US papers with Sunday circulations of 50K+ faced layoffs in 2020, vs. 24% in 2019; 18% of the most visited digital-native news sites faced layoffs  —  Staff layoffs continued to pummel the beleaguered U.S. newspaper industry in 2020.  A third of papers with an average Sunday circulation …
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
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Andi Ortiz / The Wrap:
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