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3:20 PM ET, May 19, 2022


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Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
A new bipartisan Senate bill would prohibit companies with $20B+ in annual digital ad transactions from participating in more than one part of the ad ecosystem  —  The bill, which has some Democratic support, takes aim at conflicts of interest in the advertising technology industry
Emma Roth / The Verge:
Report: Netflix had 3.6M cancellations in Q1 2022, up from ~2.5M for each past five quarters; 13% came from subscribers who had the service for over three years  —  Users subscribed to Netflix for more than three years represented 13 percent of total cancellations
Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
The CW pares down its fall TV shows as parent companies Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount Global look to sell the network, with Nexstar the leading contender  —  The network sets a lineup a week after cutting more series than it has in a decade.  —  A pair of prequels and a handful …
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: CEO David Zaslav is quickly putting his stamp on Warner Bros. Discovery including by cutting CNN+ and other costly projects, and forcing out executives  —  CEO David Zaslav has quickly put his stamp on Warner Bros. Discovery, weighing in on content, forcing out executives and cutting costly projects
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Warner Bros. Discovery says Chris Wallace, who had a CNN+ show, will shift this fall to hosting a CNN show in primetime on Sunday that will stream on HBO Max  —  CNN will also be getting a “reimagined” morning show later this year.  —  Chris Wallace is coming to primetime …
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
NBC News correspondent Pete Williams is retiring after 29 years covering the Justice Department and the Supreme Court at the network  —  A former Pentagon spokesman, Williams made the unusual move 29 years ago to return to hard-news reporting.  Many historic scoops followed.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: Meta's VP of news partnerships Campbell Brown is being promoted to oversee global media partnerships, including with streamers and broadcasters  —  Campbell Brown, the veteran news anchor who has served as Meta's vice president of news partnerships since 2017, is being promoted …
Discussion: @axios
Rebecca McCarter / E.W. Scripps Company:
E.W. Scripps plans a multiyear effort, underwritten with funding from Google, to help experienced print journalists move into broadcast news and jobs at Scripps  —  CINCINNATI - The E.W. Scripps Company (NASDAQ: SSP) and Google are partnering on a multi-year initiative to transition experienced journalists …
Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
A look at how Russian state TV works, with sources saying that Kremlin officials provide editors with topics and talking points at weekly meetings  —  Current and former employees describe Russian state television as an army, one with a few generals and many foot soldiers who never question their orders.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube rolls out player features to all users, including a graph to easily locate the “Most replayed” video parts, support for video chapters, and video loops  —  YouTube today is launching a new feature designed to help users identify the most popular parts of a video they're watching …
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Guy Faulconbridge / CBC News:
Russia says it is closing the Moscow bureau of Canada's CBC and stripping its journalists of their visas and accreditation in retaliation for Canada's ban of RT
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Internal memo: Reply All podcast hosts Alex Goldman and Emmanuel Dzotsi plan to leave the eight-year-old show in June, after several high-profile Gimlet exits