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7:40 PM ET, June 20, 2022


 Top News: 
The Guardian:
The Times withdrew a story about Boris Johnson and his wife without explanation after printing it in some editions; MailOnline and aggregators removed a rewrite  —  Report had claimed Boris Johnson tried to hire his now wife as chief of staff when foreign secretary, but then it was deleted
UK's No10 confirms that members of Boris Johnson's team intervened to have the Times story about his wife pulled but denies that Johnson was personally involved  —  Number 10 has confirmed that members of the Prime Minister's team intervened before a story about his wife Carrie Johnson …
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Internal documents: Fox News agreed to a ~$15M settlement with Melissa Francis, a former female host who sued the network alleging gender-based pay disparities  —  Melissa Francis alleged her male colleagues made far more than women.  She won an unusually large settlement, according to documents viewed by The Post.
Nick Vivarelli / Variety:
As Paramount+ launches in UK and Ireland, a Q&A with Paramount's CEO of streaming Tom Ryan about its global rollout, goal of 100M subscribers by 2024, and more  —  Elsewhere in Europe, Paramount+ has set firm dates to launch its standalone streaming offer in Italy in September …
Jessica Bennett / New York Times:
Q&A with some early Ms. editors and writers on the feminist magazine's early days, when it was hard to sell ads, the term “Ms.” was not used broadly, and more  —  Ms. Bennett is a contributing editor in Opinion who writes on gender, politics and culture.  Previously, she was The Times's gender editor.
Jeremy Fassler / Mother Jones:
Simon & Schuster will distribute January 6 committee's final report but with a foreword by an ex-Trump speechwriter who spread misinfo about the Capitol attack  —  Facts matter: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter.  Support our nonprofit reporting.  Subscribe to our print magazine.
Aisha Majid / Press Gazette:
Similarweb: NYT website visitors grew 52% YoY to 524.6M in May, helped by its Wordle acquisition, making it the fastest growing top news sites in the world  —  The New York Times was the fastest growing top news sites in the world in May 2022, according to Press Gazette's latest ranking …
Discussion: @mikejjennings and @adebradley
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
Ofcom finds that Channel 4 is in breach of its license conditions after an incident at a broadcast center in September 2021 led to a two month subtitle outage  —  U.K. media regulator Ofcom has found broadcaster Channel 4 in breach of regulations over a subtitle outage that occurred in 2021.
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Police arrested several CBS' Late Show with Stephen Colbert staffers on Thursday at a US Capitol building, charging them with unlawful entry after taping a skit  —  Among those arrested was Robert Smigel, best known for portraying Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. … Smigel has appeared as Triumph on the Late Show previously.
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Bron Maher / Press Gazette:
Report: the New York Times, Washington Post, and Wall Street Journal get ~50% of US online news subscriptions; 19% in US paid for online news in the last year
Patrick Frater / Variety:
Media Partners Asia: South Korea added ~600K new paid streaming video subscriptions in Q1 2022, down from 1.7M in Q4 2021, for a total of 14.7M in March 2022
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Q&A with Andy Silvester, editor of UK free daily City AM, which took a print hiatus amid the pandemic: “we were forced to accelerate our digital transformation”
Kelly McBride / Poynter:
The playbook for an editor's probe into fabrication or plagiarism was written after Jayson Blair's scandal; where editors find one case, they often find more
 Earlier Picks: 
Police identify the remains of UK journalist Dom Phillips, who along with indigenous expert Bruno Pereira went missing in the Amazon rainforest on June 5
WWE CEO and Chair Vince McMahon steps back from his roles, as the board investigates misconduct claims; his daughter Stephanie will be the interim CEO and chair
New York Times:
Interviews with over two dozen current and ex-Washington Post staffers show conflict over social media rules, lack of trust in top editor Sally Buzbee, and more

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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The US and global partners dismantle the 911 S5 proxy botnet, “likely the world's largest botnet ever” affecting 19M+ IPs, and arrest its alleged administrator

Matt Binder / Mashable:
Ticketmaster appears to have been breached by hacker group ShinyHunters, which claims it stole 560M customers' sensitive data and is trying to sell it for $500K

Mia Sato / The Verge:
Google confirms the authenticity of the 2,500 pages of leaked Search documents filled with details about data the company collects

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