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1:45 PM ET, May 20, 2022


 Top News: 
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 advertising technology
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
After ~30 buyouts, BuzzFeed News will have 70-80 staffers, down from a peak of ~250; the investigations team published five big projects in its last five weeks  —  The site's prized investigations unit is disbanding and dropping its last bombshells—"a triumphal exit," says the team's editor …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Nielsen: streaming had a record 30.4% share of US TV viewing in April, with Netflix accounting for 6.6%, YouTube 6.1%, Disney+ 1.7%, and HBO Max 1%  —  HBO Max previously was included in Nielsen's “other streaming” category.  The measurement firm broke it out now that HBO Max hit the 1% share threshold.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Memo: Meredith Artley, editor-in-chief of CNN Digital Worldwide, is leaving the company, where she has worked for more than twelve years  —  Meredith Artley, the longtime SVP and editor-in-chief of CNN Digital Worldwide, is out at the network, according to a memo obtained by Axios.
Simon Fraser / BBC:
The Taliban order female Afghan TV presenters and other women on screen to cover their faces while on air starting May 21  —  The Taliban have ordered female Afghan TV presenters and other women on screen to cover their faces while on air.  —  Media outlets were told of the decree on Wednesday …
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; Nexstar is the lead bidder  —  The network sets a lineup a week after cutting more series than it has in a decade.  —  A pair of prequels and a handful of acquisitions …
David Gilbert / VICE:
Organizers of CPAC Hungary, a right-wing event featuring speakers including Tucker Carlson, denied on-site access to the AP, Vice, Rolling Stone, and others  —  VICE News was barred from the conservative conference, where the star attraction is Hungary's authoritarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
NBC News correspondent Pete Williams is retiring at the end of July 2022 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.
Carrie Blazina / Pew Research Center:
Study: student journalists make up 11% of US state capitol reporters; in Nebraska 58% of state reporters are students, in Louisiana 26%, and in Virginia 25%  —  Student journalists account for around one-in-ten state capitol reporters in the United States (11%), according to a recent Pew Research Center study.
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Collectively, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW averaged 77.4 pilot orders a year over the past decade, but in the 2022 season, the five had only 35 pickups  —  With media giants emphasizing streaming and overall series orders plummeting, networks are no longer the stars of the annual event.
Leigh Giangreco / Current:
Stel Kline, a transgender former Morning Edition host for South Dakota Public Broadcasting, files a wrongful termination appeal against the state network  —  A former Morning Edition host for South Dakota Public Broadcasting has filed a wrongful termination appeal against the state network.
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Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
Sources: Russian state TV depends on weekly meetings with Kremlin officials, where editors of broadcasters and publishers coordinate topics and talking points
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube rolls out new player features to all users, including a graph to easily locate a video's “Most replayed” parts, video chapter support, and video loops
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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
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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