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3:20 AM ET, June 5, 2023


 Top News: 
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
NBC's Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd says he is stepping down after nine years and would be succeeded by NBC White House Correspondent Kristen Welker  —  He will be succeeded by Kristen Welker, NBC's chief White House correspondent and the co-anchor of “Weekend Today.”
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Sources: Jeff Zucker's gripes about CNN and Chris Licht have become more frequent and Zucker is serving as a grievance switchboard for current and former staff  —  It's been more than a year since he was forced from the top job at the network.  Since then, he has made no secret of his frustrations …
Brian Stelter / New York Magazine:
Over 40 CNN staffers share their anger and fear after a brutal profile of Chris Licht and the announcement of David Leavy as COO; Licht vows to earn back trust  —  Staffers' confidence is shaken, but the CEO is vowing to “fight like hell to win back their trust.”
Jeremy Fuster / The Wrap:
The DGA and studios reach a tentative deal on a new labor contract, covering wages, streaming residuals, safety, creative rights, diversity, and AI protections  —  The new deal also covers wage increases, creative rights and AI protections  —  The Directors Guild of America and the Alliance …
Ben Smith / Semafor:
Journalists covering Russia's Ukraine invasion have had their credentials threatened, revoked, or denied over charges they broke rules by Ukrainian authorities  —  The News  —  Journalists covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine are engaged in a running, low-grade conflict with the Ukrainian government …
Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Showtime quietly pulled an episode about Ron DeSantis' time as a US Navy lawyer at Guantanamo Bay from Vice's fourth season; the episode was planned for May 28  —  An installment delving into the Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate's time as a U.S. Navy JAG officer …
Discussion: @erikthemovieman and @kimmasters
Q&A with media scholar Ethan Zuckerman about why Twitter became the de facto digital public square, the politics of attention, the power of federation, and more  —  We talk to media scholar Ethan Zuckerman about why Twitter became the de facto digital public square and what other platforms like Bluesky or Mastodon might offer.
Chris Welch / The Verge:
A look at the ad-supported, free dual-screen TV from Ilya Pozin's Telly, which says its data and analytics tools will be no more invasive than other TV vendors  —  More than 250,000 people have signed up in hopes of getting Telly's unique TV.  There's something to this concept, but plenty of unknowns remain.
Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Q&A with Ted Koppel on how he tried to extract more objective information, having a reputation as a tough interviewer, and his friendship with Henry Kissinger  —  Did the veteran newscaster give Kissinger a pass on his hundredth birthday?  —  For a quarter century, Ted Koppel hosted …
Dawn Chmielewski / Reuters:
Sources: Pixar cut 75 out of ~1,200 staff, including two Lightyear executives, on May 23 as part of Disney's restructuring; Pixar last cut ~30 jobs in 2013  —  Walt Disney's (DIS.N) Pixar Animation Studios has eliminated 75 positions including those of two executives behind box office disappointment …
Jane Margolies / New York Times:
After the pandemic, some US cinemas hope to lure back moviegoers by spending millions on larger screens, heated seats, pricier refreshments, and other upgrades  —  After scraping by during the pandemic, cinemas are hoping to lure back moviegoers by spending millions of dollars on upgrades.
Chantel Tattoli / Fast Company:
A deep dive into the rise, fall, and rebirth of Snopes, the fact-checking website for internet myths and rumors founded by David and Barbara Mikkelson in 1994  —  America's premier fact-checking site was failed by the two men who had charge of it, critics say.
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A look at TV networks' pitches to host the GOP 2024 debates; sources: CNN offered to partner with a conservative outlet and air the debate on other WBD channels
Washington Post:
Timothy Burke's lawyer denies that his client “hacked Fox News” but does not say where Burke found the videos, instead offering a First Amendment rights defense
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Vimeo plans to end support for its Apple TV, Android TV, Fire TV, and Roku apps on June 27, 2023, saying casting will give users a “better ongoing experience”
Mike Krieger / Artifact News:
How Artifact plans to use GPT-4 on clickbait headlines: rewrites only for users who request one, and then a human reviewer may set the rewrite as the default
 Earlier Picks: 
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
WBD's JB Perrette says ~70% of HBO Max's customer base switched to Max in the first week of its launch and ~20% of the content viewed on Max was from Discovery+
Vogue Business:
Memo: British Vogue EIC Edward Enninful plans to become Vogue's global creative and cultural advisor in 2024 and hire a British Vogue head of editorial content
Sara Fischer / Axios:
YouTube stops removing content advancing “false claims that widespread fraud, errors, or glitches occurred in the 2020 and other past US Presidential elections”
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: A.J. Brown, Twitter's head of brand safety and ad quality, is leaving the company, the second departure of a top safety executive this week

From Techmeme:

Adam Satariano / New York Times:
The EU reaches a deal on the AI Act, a comprehensive attempt to limit the use of the technology; the law still needs to go through a few steps for approval

Nitasha Tiku / Washington Post:
Sources: complaints from some senior OpenAI leaders that Sam Altman had been psychologically abusive were a major factor in the board's decision to fire Altman

Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
As Beeper Mini experiences an outage, Beeper CEO Eric Migicovsky says that “all data indicates” Apple found a way to cut off the app's ability to function

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