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10:45 AM ET, June 21, 2021

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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Many journalists see Tucker Carlson as a go-to source for stories about Trump, which are sometimes unflattering, and for details on Fox News' internal politics  —  His platform on Fox News made him a big player in Donald Trump's circle.  Off camera, he shapes the coverage of Trump's world and Fox's own internal politics.
Anne Marie Roantree / Reuters:
Apple Daily will be forced to shut “in a matter of days” after Chinese authorities froze its assets, according to an adviser to jailed owner Jimmy Lai  —  Hong Kong pro-democracy newspaper Apple Daily will be forced to shut “in a matter of days” after authorities froze …
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Reuters:
Hong Kong charges Apple Daily chief editor and chief executive with collusion with a foreign country; three more executives remain under investigation
Kat O'Brien / New York Times:
Kat O'Brien, formerly of Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Newsday, says she was raped by an unnamed MLB player 18 years ago, wants change for women covering sports  —  Kat O'Brien is a former journalist and baseball writer for The Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Newsday.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Newspapers, including those owned by Gannett and McClatchy, are rethinking police coverage, sometimes removing old stories about minor crimes  —  The Boston Globe this year received an inquiry from a woman in its coverage area.  Her son had died an untimely death.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Facebook rolls out Live Audio Rooms, available to verified public figures and select Groups, and its podcast service, available to select partners, in the US  —  In April, Facebook announced a series of planned investments in new audio products, including a Clubhouse live audio competitor as well as new support for podcasts.
Eric Newcomer / Newcomer:
Andreessen Horowitz's Future doesn't compete with journalism because it offers up essays, not reporting, limiting its potential to promote tech-positive views  —  I've been dragging my feet on writing about Andreessen Horowitz's much-anticipated new publication, which the firm revealed Tuesday.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
Vivendi's Universal Music Group to sell a 10% stake to a SPAC set up by Bill Ackman's hedge fund Pershing Square, valuing the label at $40B  —  The French media conglomerate finalized a deal to offload a 10 percent stake in the music major to a blank check company of Bill Ackman's hedge fund Pershing Square.
Discussion: Variety, The Wrap and New York Post
Katharine Q. Seelye / New York Times:
Profile of The New Bedford Light, a nonprofit digital news outlet started by journalists in New Bedford, MA after Gannett's local paper became a “ghost” paper  —  An ambitious news site, The New Bedford Light, has sprung up in an old New England whaling town to fill a void in coverage.
Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
Interview with Chuck Todd about interviewing Republicans who enabled Trump's election lies as he laments that print media gets a pass on such interviews  —  MSNBC's Chuck Todd is done with Twitter — mostly.  —  The moderator of Meet the Press says he has stopped using the platform, which he compares to quitting smoking.
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
How Roku beat larger companies by focusing on distribution, as it pivots to focus on original programming with plans to spend $1B on content next year  —  - Roku has out-executed larger companies and leaned on an unusual corporate culture to gain a $45 billion valuation.
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Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Roku says from May 20 to June 3, more Roku viewers streamed a Roku Original than Quibi users who streamed Quibi shows during the nine months of Quibi's lifetime
Leonard Kehnscherper / Bloomberg:
Report: UK plans to let media watchdog Ofcom rule on complaints about streaming companies, similar to its oversight of BBC and other traditional broadcasters  —  The U.K. government plans to regulate big streaming companies such as Netflix Inc., Disney+ and Amazon Prime in the same …
Discussion: Axios
Brier Dudley / The Seattle Times:
Q&A with Microsoft VP of Strategic Initiatives Mary Snapp, as the company partners with Report for America to support five newsrooms in KS, OK, AZ, CA, and WV  —  Microsoft just announced an expansion of its remarkable initiative to preserve and protect journalism.
 
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