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8:45 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.
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.
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
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:
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 …
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) …
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 …
Ann-Marie Alcántara / Wall Street Journal:
San Mateo-based Firework, whose tools help companies livestream 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 …
Sara Guaglione / Digiday:
At the IAB's Podcast Upfront, ad buyers from Mediahub, Horizon Media, and GroupM preferred ads under 60 seconds as 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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A look at the rapid growth of free streaming channels in recent years, as users get more sophisticated about mixing and matching services that meet their needs
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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