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4:15 PM ET, February 27, 2022


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Dylan Byers / Puck:
Sources: David Zaslav has picked Chris Licht, an executive producer of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, to run CNN as head of news for Warner Bros. Discovery  —  According to people who have spoken with Zaslav, the former wunderkind producer Jeff Zucker will be succeeded by another former wunderkind, Chris Licht.
Sources: CNN will dial down its prime-time liberal partisanship under Chris Licht, to be named chief next week, and double down on its news-gathering muscle  —  Under new chief Chris Licht, CNN will dial down the prime-time partisanship and double down on the network's news-gathering muscle, top sources tell me.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: CNN determined Allison Gollust broke rules by guiding Chris Cuomo in helping Andrew Cuomo; Gollust spokeswoman says the claim “is patently ridiculous”  —  Spokeswoman for ex-CNN marketing chief says notion that messages to Chris Cuomo could be considered covert advice to Andrew Cuomo ‘is patently ridiculous’
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen says the EU will ban “Kremlin's media machine”, including state-owned RT, Sputnik, and their subsidiaries  —  The European Union will ban Russian media outlets Russia Today and Sputnik, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Sunday.
Meta prohibits Russian state media organizations from running ads or monetizing on its platform anywhere in the world  —  Meta Platforms Inc (FB.O) is barring Russian state media from running ads or monetizing on its platform anywhere in the world, the parent company of social media giant Facebook said on Friday.
Paresh Dave / Reuters:
Google says it is barring Russian state-funded media from using its ad technology to generate revenue on their own websites, apps, and YouTube videos  —  Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google barred on Saturday Russia's state-owned media outlet RT and other channels from receiving money for ads on their websites …
Alexander Marrow / Reuters:
Russia's regulator demands that Alphabet removes all restrictions on Russian-language YouTube channels of media outlets RBC, TV Zvezda, and Sputnik in Ukraine  —  Russia's state communications regulator on Sunday said it had written to Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) Google and demanded that access …
David Gilbert / VICE:
Russia is cracking down on journalists, including from state media, who are protesting the war in Ukraine by signing open letters or attending anti-war marches  —  Russian journalists fighting back against the war in Ukraine—by signing open letters or attending anti-war protests—are already being punished.
Taylor Lorenz / Input:
Some Instagram meme pages are turning into “war pages” that repost unverified footage without context, often claiming to be run by journalists in Ukraine  —  Just hours after the first explosions rocked Ukraine Wednesday night, massive Instagram meme pages began promoting …
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