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7:55 PM ET, July 18, 2021

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David Pegg / The Guardian:
Leaked list shows 180+ journalists, working for FT, CNN, NYT, WSJ, and others, are among potential targets of surveillance by government clients of NSO Group  —  Data leak and forensics suggest NSO's surveillance tool used against journalists at some of world's top media companies
Helen Rosner / New Yorker:
Experts say consent and disclosure are key to the ethical use of synthetic media, amid controversy surrounding Bourdain's deepfake voice in a new documentary  —  The new documentary “Roadrunner” uses A.I.-generated audio without disclosing it to viewers.  How should we feel about that?
The Daily Beast:
Sources: NYT's Karen Crouse has been suspended and won't cover the Olympics for NYT, after she wrote a story about Michael Phelps, with whom she has a book deal  —  After her ethical conflict was revealed, Crouse was yanked off the paper's Olympic coverage team and taken off the swimming beat, multiple sources told The Daily Beast.
Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: the share of viewers' TV usage per day grew for cable and streaming services in June to 40% and 27% respectively, while it fell for broadcast to 23%  —  ‘Manifest,’ meanwhile, is the top streaming title in Nielsen's rankings for June 14-20 and ‘Loki’ rises to No. 1 among originals.
Charlie Warzel / Galaxy Brain:
Interview with BuzzFeed News climate and science reporter Zahra Hirji, on lessons of pandemic reporting and how to share context on climate throughout newsrooms  —  Welcome to Galaxy Brain — a newsletter from Charlie Warzel about technology, media, and culture.  You can read what this is all about here.
Tim Baysinger / The Wrap:
Filing: AMC settles a profit-sharing suit with ex-Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont, CAA; Darabont and CAA get $200M and part of future streaming revenue  —  AMC and Frank Darabont have reached a settlement that will end the long-running “Walking Dead” profits participation lawsuit between the two.
Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Automattic, owner of Tumblr, buys podcast app Pocket Casts from a public radio collective that includes NPR, which reportedly lost $800K on it last year  —  A new home for the popular podcast app  —  Pocket Casts has a new owner.  Automattic, which runs WordPress.com and recently purchased Tumblr …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Courts generally bar journalists from using recording devices in trials; ending the ban would let reporters add color to stories and sometimes improve accuracy  —  In his job as a staff writer for the Richmond County (N.C.) Daily Journal, Matthew Sasser is used to reading about the alleged misdeeds of other people, not about himself.
Reuters:
Reuters photojournalist Danish Siddiqui has been killed in Afghanistan; Afghan official says he was caught in the crossfire of a clash he was covering  —  Reuters journalist Danish Siddiqui was killed on Friday while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters near …
Jill Goldsmith / Deadline:
Lionsgate acquires a 20% stake in Spyglass Media and the vast majority of its ~200 feature film titles, another sign of content's increasing value  —  Lionsgate has acquired the vast majority of the Spyglass Media Group's feature film library of approximately 200 titles and formed …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sources: NBC News' Kasie Hunt is moving to CNN, which offered her a salary between $1M and $1.5M/year as it seeks to hire talent for its streaming programming  —  CNN has snatched Kasie Hunt, the Capitol Hill correspondent long viewed as a rising star at NBC News, as part of an aggressive bid …
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Barb: GB News had zero viewers during some broadcasts this week, after a boycott prompted by a presenter taking the knee in solidarity with England soccer team  —  Channel label Guto Harri's on-air gesture in solidarity against racist abuse suffered by the England team ‘unacceptable’
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Sources: Guto Harri, the GB News presenter who took a knee, has been indefinitely taken off air, and the director of programming, John McAndrew, has quit
 
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Beatrice Verhoeven / The Wrap:
HFPA approves draft bylaws that forbid acceptance of promotional materials or gifts from studios, publicists, actors, and others; a final vote is in August
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T.A. Frank / New York Magazine:
Q&A with ex-NYT reporter Barry Meier on his book Spooked, about the industry of private spies and how they feed reporters scoops, including the Steele dossier