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1:55 PM ET, July 17, 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 …
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.
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 …
Katie Tam / Associated Press:
Booksellers at Hong Kong's annual book fair are offering a reduced selection of politically sensitive books, fearing violation of China's national security law  —  HONG KONG (AP) — Booksellers at Hong Kong's annual book fair are offering a reduced selection of books deemed politically sensitive …
Discussion: The Guardian
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 …
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 …
Reuters:
Sources: ByteDance's news aggregator Jinri Toutiao has been blocking new user and content creator registrations since Sept. at the behest of Chinese regulators  —  BEIJING (Reuters) - TikTok owner ByteDance has been blocking new user and content creator registrations for its Chinese news …
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
The Daily Beast:
Pro-Trump cable network OANN plans to launch a Spanish-language sister network later this fall  —  “We think they need it,” OAN founder Robert Herring said of Latino viewers he believes want a MAGA propaganda outlet geared towards them. … Pro-Trump right-wing cable outlet One America News …
Wendy Lee / Los Angeles Times:
How movie studios are using Cameo, Twitter Spaces, and TikTok to create personalized ads and experiences to attract audiences  —  Enrique García wasn't planning to see Universal Pictures' “F9: The Fast Saga” at a theater.  After the COVID-19 pandemic put the kibosh on large gatherings …
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  —  Members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association will no longer be allowed to accept gifts or other promotional items.
Discussion: Variety and Hollywood Reporter
 
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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
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
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
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Russian authorities have banned the investigative outlet Proekt as an “undesirable organization” and labeled its journalists, among others, as foreign agents
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