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8:25 PM ET, May 24, 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:
Investigation finds new evidence suggesting that Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh was shot dead in a targeted attack by Israeli forces  —  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.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Jen Psaki will join MSNBC in the fall, where she will host a new streaming program expected to launch in Q1 2023 and appear on the network's election coverage  —  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 execs Kevin Mayer and Tom Staggs, will buy Spanish-language studio Exile; a source says 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 colleagues after Taliban ordered women anchors to cover their faces  —  #FreeHerFace campaign gathers force as high-profile men rebel against crackdown on face coverings in Afghanistan
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Greta Van Susteren will join Newsmax in June to lead its 6pm show, saying all networks she has worked for, including CNN and Fox News, 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 forcing 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) …
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 …
Ann-Marie Alcántara / Wall Street Journal:
Firework, which makes tools for companies to offer livestreamed shopping events, raises a $150M Series B led by SoftBank's Vision Fund 2 at a $750M valuation  —  The new round of funding values the company at $750 million  —  Firework, whose technology helps companies make live-stream shopping events …
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 …
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
At the IAB's Podcast Upfront, Mediahub, GroupM, and other ad buyers preferred ads shorter than 60 seconds, while podcasters pitched longer, more expensive ads  —  Smaller podcast production companies and creative studios are touting the benefits of custom, longer-form podcast ad formats …
Discussion: @spguaglione and Podcast Movement
 
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Shilpa Jamkhandikar / Reuters:
Frustrated by its lack of success in India, where it has an estimated 5M-6M users, sources say Netflix is chasing deals for content in South Indian languages
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Los Angeles Times:
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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
Caleb Pershan / Columbia Journalism Review:
A profile of Twitter account New York Times Pitchbot, run by a math professor mocking the NYT's lazy constructions, half-baked hot takes, and diner interviews