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11:05 AM ET, July 16, 2021

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Dave Gershgorn / The Verge:
The maker of a new documentary about Anthony Bourdain says he used AI to re-create Bourdain's voice and synthesized the audio of three quotes from the TV host  —  ‘We can have a documentary-ethics panel about it later’  —  In a new documentary, Roadrunner, about the life and tragic death …
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 senior off-air staff have left due to ongoing turmoil
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
US surgeon general issues his first advisory, reserved for urgent public health threats, seeking action from journalists and others against vaccine misinfo  —  As the rate of Covid-19 vaccination slows and cases rise again, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy called on tech platforms …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
The Athletic is raising annual subscription prices from $52 to $72, the first raise since its 2016 launch; monthly subscription rates will stay the same  —  Sports-journalism upstart The Athletic, which has reportedly been considering potential mergers, is raising the cost of an annual subscription …
Discussion: @richlightshed
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 …
Inside Radio:
Audioboom has launched AdRip, which automatically “rips out” ad-reads in old podcasts and replaces them with other ads  —  With some 50% of the shows listened-to on Audioboom accessed from podcast producers' back catalog, the company has now launched AdRip, a tool that automatically …
Discussion: Medium, @stuartlast and RAIN News
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 …
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Sharon Pruitt-Young / NPR:
Jury rejects a mental illness plea from the Capital Gazette shooter, who killed 5 employees; he will be sentenced to prison, not a psychiatric hospital  —  The gunman who admitted to a shooting attack on the newsroom of Maryland's Capital Gazette three years ago has been found criminally responsible for the massacre of five people.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
ESPN has long fed content to other parts of Disney's empire, but as Disney made more rights deals and streaming's impact has grown, more sharing is on the way  —  An increasing amount of what ESPN does isn't going to be seen on good ol' ESPN.  —  “Sunday Night Baseball” …
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Netflix fired three senior film marketing executives who worked for VP Jonathan Helfgot after they were found secretly grumbling about bosses on Slack  —  Three senior staffers were let go after the streamer discovered they were secretly griping about management, including chief marketing officer Bozoma Saint John.
The Guardian:
Extinction Rebellion protestors found guilty of blocking the printing presses of major UK papers, as judge finds they caused the papers to lose an estimated £1M  —  Judge says demonstration was ‘peaceful’ but impacted Murdoch, Mail, Telegraph and Standard titles
Discussion: The Sun
 
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Mark Savage / BBC:
UK parliament's DCMS committee calls for 50/50 music streaming royalties split between labels and artists, instead of the 16% artists receive now
Bloomberg:
Sources: Scribd is in talks to go public as soon as this year, via an IPO in Q4 or through a merger with a SPAC, and could be valued at about $1B
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Genvid raises $113M to build out interactive live gaming events, hires Cindy Holland, ex-Netflix VP for original content, to advise on strategy and acquisitions
Sam Levin / The Guardian:
Citizen Lab says government hackers using spyware from an Israeli company created sites impersonating news outlets, with names including Euro News and CNN 24-7
Meduza.io:
Russian authorities have banned the investigative outlet Proekt as an “undesirable organization” and labeled its journalists, among others, as foreign agents
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Marc Tracy / New York Times:
Daily Beast EIC Noah Shachtman named EIC of Rolling Stone, starting in August; Daily Beast executive editor Tracy Connor will serve as interim EIC
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
NBCU says it closed a record-setting upfront with $500M for Peacock; sources say ad commitments were over $7B and Peacock CPMs are 50% higher than Hulu's
Discussion: Ad Age and nexttv.com
Bloomberg:
Netflix hires ex-Facebook and EA exec Mike Verdu as VP of game development; source: Netflix plans to offer games as a new programming genre within the next year