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6:25 PM ET, May 22, 2022


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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.
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, and Kyle Mooney depart Saturday Night Live after its 47th season finale; McKinnon was in a female-record 211 episodes  —  Saturday Night Live bid farewell to four veteran cast members tonight, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson and Kyle Mooney.
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.
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
The compensation and profile of TV news anchors have grown as the 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.
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.
Manori Ravindran / Variety:
Meta is hosting up to 300 content creators for two days at a villa in Cannes; an Instagram “Reels Squad” of 120 creators is covering The Cannes Film Festival  —  The social giant formerly known as Facebook is taking the Croisette by storm and rolling out the red carpet for creators at the festival.
Felix M. Simon / Taylor & Francis:
Research paper: platform companies like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft will increasingly control news production and the connection to news as outlets adopt AI  —  - 063150  —  Theorising Dependency, Control, and News Autonomy in an Age of AI and Technology Behemoths
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 finances Novaya Gazeta and owns the Evening Standard and the Independent, 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.
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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%
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
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
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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
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