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10:05 PM ET, May 21, 2022

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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Source: Pete Davidson, Aidy Bryant, Kate McKinnon, and Kyle Mooney are expected to leave Saturday Night Live following the 47th season finale on May 21, 2022  —  Chad is leaving Studio 8H.  —  Pete Davidson, who joined “Saturday Night Live” as a relative unknown and has become …
Dylan Byers / Puck:
Sources: Comcast CEO Brian Roberts approached Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson earlier in 2022 with a plan to merge NBCUniversal with EA; the plan fell apart  —  For months, the media elite have been wondering what the Comcast impresario might buy to scale up in the content wars.
Dwight Garner / New York Times:
Roger Angell, a baseball writer and editor at The New Yorker widely considered among the best the US has produced, dies at his Manhattan home at age 101  —  In elegantly winding articles for The New Yorker loaded with inventive imagery, he wrote more like a fan than a sports journalist.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Nielsen: streaming had a record 30.4% share of US TV viewing in April 2022; Netflix took 6.6%, YouTube 6.1%, Hulu 3.3%, Prime Video 2.5%, 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.
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Memo: CNN Digital Worldwide editor-in-chief Meredith Artley is leaving the company after more than 12 years; sources: she was frustrated with corporate shakeups  —  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 to cover their faces while on air as of May 21, 2022; a spokesman called the ruling “advice”  —  The Taliban have ordered female Afghan TV presenters and other women on screen to cover their faces while on air.
Marie Woolf / Canadian Press:
Canada sanctions Alexander Lebedev, an ex-KGB agent who owns the Evening Standard and the Independent, and finances Novaya Gazeta, as part of Russia sanctions  —  Foreign Minister Melanie Joly announced a fresh wave of sanctions against Vladimir Putin's regime on Friday, including a ban on importing Russian vodka, caviar and diamonds.
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Compensation and star power of TV news anchors have grown as demand for content rises, due to news outlets' push into social media, streaming, and podcasts  —  The business of agents turning anchors into A-listers is being boosted by growth in social media and the rise of digital media and podcasts.
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 …
Carrie Blazina / Pew Research Center:
Study: student journalists account for 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.
 
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Stel Kline, a transgender former Morning Edition host for South Dakota Public Broadcasting, files a wrongful termination appeal against the state network
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
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
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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
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
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
 

 
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Lawrence Abrams / BleepingComputer:
The US sanctions Sinbad, a crypto mixer allegedly used by the North Korean Lazarus hacking group, and the US, the Netherlands, and Poland seize the service

Alex Ivanovs / Stack Diary:
Researchers develop a “divergence attack” that makes ChatGPT emit sequences copied from its training data, by prompting the LLM to repeat a word numerous times

Alex Heath / The Verge:
OpenAI adds Microsoft as a non-voting observer on the nonprofit board that controls OpenAI, as Sam Altman's return as CEO is made official

 
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