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8:55 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” …
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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Financial Times:
A look at the media activism of Belarusian Telegram channels like Nexta, which not only reported on last year's protests but also helped coordinate them
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 …
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.
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 …
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 …
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Profile of MSNBC Pres. Rashida Jones, a “digital native” millennial who hopes MSNBC's focus on streaming will help it cultivate a new generation of news junkies  —  Rashida Jones, the first Black woman to run a major cable news channel, hopes streaming will cultivate the next generation of news junkies.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sensor Tower makes its first acquisition with deal for market intelligence company, Pathmatics, and gets a growth investment from Riverwood Capital  —  Mobile app market intelligence firm Sensor Tower has made its first acquisition.  The company this morning announced it's acquiring Pathmatics …
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Alex Cox / The Keyword:
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Zheping Huang / Bloomberg:
Kuaishou, ByteDance's main rival, reports Q1 revenue of $2.65B, up 37% YoY, and a net loss of $8.9B, as it delved deeper into online commerce and advertising
BBC will review its editorial practices and Martin Bashir's rehiring after a report found it covered up Bashir's “deceitful behaviour” to get a Diana interview
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK's Reach says it will pay back up to £4M to employees who took a pay cut at the start of the pandemic, after settling with some staff
Full-time employment in local TV news increased 1.8% YoY to 28,000 in 2020, beating the previous high in 2009
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
Andi Ortiz / The Wrap:
Former Trump spokesman Jason Miller is ordered to pay Gizmodo Media Group $42K to cover legal fees after a second attempt at suing Gizmodo