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2:30 AM ET, May 25, 2022

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
An interview with Fox Corp. CEO Lachlan Murdoch on the company's expansion into lifestyle verticals, like outdoors, home, and books, alongside NFTs and betting  —  Fox Corp. is in the early stages of expanding into lifestyle verticals across categories like outdoors, home and books, CEO Lachlan Murdoch told Axios in an interview.
CNN:
An investigation finds new evidence suggesting that Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot dead by Israeli forces in an attack targeting reporters  —  This story contains a disturbing image.  —  (CNN)Several shots ring out in quick succession, cutting through a clear, blue spring morning in Jenin, in the West Bank.
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
Spotify is slowly bringing back political ads on podcasts after pausing them in early 2020, and says it has strengthened its advertiser verification system  —  Spotify stopped hosting political ads on its services in early 2020, citing a lack of “robustness” in its systems …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Jen Psaki is set to join MSNBC in the fall, appearing on NBC and MSNBC's US elections coverage and hosting a new streaming program expected to launch in Q1 2023  —  One of the news industry's worst-kept secrets is finally seeing the light of day.  —  Jen Psaki, the White House Press Secretary …
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Candle Media, run by ex-Disney executives Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs, plans to buy Spanish-language studio Exile; source: Candle is involved in deals worth ~$4B  —  Candle Media, run by former Disney executives, is buying Exile, which has deals to produce shows for Netflix, HBO and Amazon Prime.
Zahra Joya / The Guardian:
Male TV presenters in Afghanistan are wearing face masks on screen in solidarity with female staff after the Taliban ordered women anchors to cover their faces  —  #FreeHerFace campaign gathers force as high-profile men rebel against crackdown on face coverings in Afghanistan
Audrey Mcavoy / Associated Press:
Hawaii governor signs legislation providing press protections to students publishing school-sponsored media at the University of Hawaii and public high schools  —  HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Monday signed legislation providing freedom of speech and press protections …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Greta Van Susteren plans to join Newsmax in June to lead its 6pm show, saying all her network employers, including CNN, MSNBC, and Fox, have had controversies  —  Greta Van Susteren says she just couldn't stay away from the immediacy of cable news.  —  For the past few years, Van Susteren …
Reuters:
Denmark passes a law requiring streaming services to pay a levy of 6% of their revenue in the country to support local TV production, following Spain and others  —  Lawmakers in Denmark have agreed global TV streaming services such as Netflix (NFLX.O), Amazon (AMZN.O) and Disney (DIS.N) …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Bucking skeptics, USA Today publisher says the print edition of USA Today is profitable and helps with its overall brand image, like through hotel distribution  —  I predicted in 2019 that USA Today's print edition would fold in two years.  That hasn't happened.  —  I was wrong, wrong, wrong.
 
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Lara Seligman / Politico:
The US Air Force is reviewing a rule banning foreigners from using electronics on flights and apologizes to Reuters' Idrees Ali for taking his phone on DoD trip
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
The 11th Circuit federal court upholds the block on Florida's social media “censorship” law over First Amendment concerns, as SCOTUS weighs Texas' similar law
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Interview with Substack co-founder Hamish McKenzie on building “a true alternative to the attention economy” by expanding into podcasts and videos, and more