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7:00 PM ET, July 2, 2022

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Micah Sifry:
The Knight Foundation's support for Semafor's event with Tucker Carlson betrays its mission; the event frames media as a game of access and audience-building  —  By sponsoring a journalism event featuring Tucker Carlson, the philanthropy is mistaking openness for strengthening democracy.
Matthew Leimkuehler / The Tennessean:
The Copyright Royalty Board upholds a nearly 44% bump in streaming royalties for songwriters after Spotify, Amazon, Google, and Pandora appealed the ruling  —  Songwriters earned a stalled victory Friday in their ongoing battle for higher streaming royalty pay.
Discussion: Variety and Billboard
Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Nielsen: Stranger Things had 7.2B viewing minutes for May 30-June 5, the highest weekly total for any streaming title since rankings began almost two years ago  —  The Netflix series surpasses 7 billion minutes of viewing time in the United States for the week of May 30-June 5.
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
The JCPA, a US bill that would let news sites negotiate as a bloc with Google and Facebook, poorly addresses the digital ad market's domination by huge players  —  In response to the very real pressures that online news outlets are facing, Congress continues to believe the very flawed Journalism Competition …
Discussion: @eff
Voice of America:
Turkey's media regulator blocks access to VOA and Deutsche Welle's Turkish-language online content after the outlets declined to apply for licenses as requested  —  The heads of Voice of America and Germany's Deutsche Welle on Friday criticized actions by Turkey's media regulator to block access to their content.
Wall Street Journal:
Julian Assange filed two appeals on Thursday to the UK high court to contest his extradition to the US; the court now decides whether the appeals can be heard  —  The WikiLeaks founder has appealed his extradition from the U.K., prolonging a yearslong fight against being sent to the U.S. to face spying charges
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
NBCUniversal: Peacock snagged $1B in upfront ad revenue, double 2021's, part of a “record-breaking” 2022 upfront; in 2021, NBCU saw $7B+ in upfront commitments  —  NBCUniversal says 2022 was the “highest grossing upfront since Comcast's acquisition” of the company more than a decade ago.
Craig Silverman / ProPublica:
Google gave user data to Russian ad company RuTarget, including potentially sensitive info about users in Ukraine, four months after the US sanctioned RuTarget  —  The internet giant may have provided Sberbank-owned RuTarget with unique mobile phone IDs, IP addresses, location information …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBCUniversal plans to shut down its Olympic Channel, launched in July 2017 devoted largely to content associated with US Olympic athletes, on September 30, 2022  —  A second NBCUniversal sports cable outlet is getting ready to finish its game.  —  NBCUniversal has notified cable …
New York Times:
Netflix executives say they don't plan to change programming; two bank analysts say a cheaper ad-supported tier could cannibalize the higher-paying subscribers  —  Long Hollywood's leading innovator, the streaming service is staying the course, despite serious challenges to its business and questions about its content.
 
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Kerry Flynn / Axios:
Refinitiv: media and entertainment M&A activity halved from $215.5B in H1 2021 to $105.1B in H1 2022, and the number of deals fell from 1,710 to 1,546
Steven Nelson / New York Post:
A group of 68 journalists writes to White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre asking to reopen large events to all and end an opaque pre-screening process
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
News outlets should stop running puff pieces about Supreme Court justices written by lawyers with ties to the court; a review shows their incorrect predictions
Matthew Bremner / Bloomberg:
A profile of Uzbek political blogger Bobomurod Abdullayev, who was charged with sedition and tortured for pseudonymously criticizing the autocratic regime
 Earlier Picks: 
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
The New York Times adds free access to The Athletic for all-access digital and home delivery subscribers and plans to implement a more flexible Athletic paywall
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Roughly 65 Wired workers threaten to strike on July 12 and July 13, Amazon's Prime Days, seeking more pay and the inclusion of product reviewers in their union
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
Twitter hires Maggie McLean Suniewick, formerly president of distribution and business development for NBCUniversal's digital properties, as VP of partnerships
Sewell Chan / The Texas Tribune:
Study: since 2005, Texas has lost 211 out of its 634 newspapers and about eight newspaper journalists per 10K residents; 27 of 254 counties have no newspaper