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3:00 PM ET, May 2, 2022


 Top News: 
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
An in-depth look at the rise of Tucker Carlson, who led Fox's Trump-era transformation by stoking white fear, becoming the network's most influential employee  —  Tucker Carlson burst through the doors of Charlie Palmer Steak, enfolded in an entourage of producers and assistants, cellphone pressed to his ear.
Nicholas Confessore / New York Times:
Sources detail how Tucker Carlson's embrace of Trumpism as the foundation of his show, unlike Hannity's embrace of Trump himself, would reshape Fox News  —  Tucker Carlson had a problem.  —  After years in the cable wilderness, he had made a triumphant return to prime time.
Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
In a presentation to advertisers, NBCU says it will release three new Universal movies straight to Peacock; Universal has 25 movies set to release in 2022  —  The move is not only an attempt to attract subscribers but an acknowledgment that releasing some films theatrically has become more of a gamble.
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
Lionsgate signs multiyear deal with Peacock and NBCU networks, which will have exclusive runs of the studio's films for their Pay 2 window, starting in 2024  —  The deal will send ‘The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent’ and John Wick: Chapter 4' to the NBCUniversal streaming platform in 2024.
NBC News:
NBC News review finds 11 articles with plagiarized passages, to which it has added an editor's note and from which the passages were removed  —  To our readers:  —  A review by NBC News has found 11 articles written by a reporter over the last year that did not meet our standards for original material.
Myah Ward / Politico:
At the WHCD, President Biden reaffirmed the role of the free press, thanked reporters for covering Russia's war in Ukraine, and memorialized fallen journalists  —  President Joe Biden used Saturday night's return of the White House Correspondents' Dinner to reaffirm the role of the free press …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Roku adds Apple Music support to its devices; Roku users can sign up for Apple Music through the Roku Channel Store and get a one-month free trial  —  The Apple Music premium music subscription service is now available globally on the Roku platform.  —  Apple Music subscribers can access …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: John Battelle and John Heilemann's video news outlet The Recount is planning layoffs, and its chief content officer, Ryan Kadro, has left  —  The Recount is planning to restructure its business, sources tell Axios.  Staff cuts are expected in the next few weeks.
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Brent Lang / Variety:
A look at the 2021 compensation for the top paid execs at AT&T, Netflix, Disney, ViacomCBS, Fox, Comcast, Discovery, and Endeavor, as lavish pay packages return  —  It was a year of plague, mergers and mega-paydays for the moguls who run some of the largest media companies in the world.
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Q&A with David Skok, founder of Canadian tech and business news site The Logic, which launched in 2018 and will soon employ 23 staff, on growth plans and more  —  David Skok, a former newspaper and broadcast journalist, founded subscription news startup The Logic in 2018 with CA$300,000 …
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The Wikimedia Foundation decides to stop accepting cryptocurrency donations following community feedback, citing Mozilla's similar move in January 2022
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Ax Sharma / Wired:
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Laura Bradley / The Daily Beast:
Former Netflix Tudum staffers describe a chaotic workplace with few metrics to measure their success and no planning around the site's goals and brand identity
Jessica Toonkel / The Information:
Source: Vice Media is working with PJT and LionTree to explore the sale of its studio business, which is Vice's biggest business unit by revenue contribution
Discussion: Axios
Sources: Elon Musk has a new Twitter CEO lined up and offered monetizing ideas, like charging websites for quoting or embedding tweets from verified accounts