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6:40 PM ET, June 4, 2023


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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 …
Tim Alberta / The Atlantic:
An in-depth profile of CNN under Chris Licht and his vision for the network, as ratings keep falling and he seeks to create a forum for conversation and “truth”
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
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  —  A.J. Brown's departure comes after Ella Irwin, company's head of trust and safety, left Thursday  —  Twitter lost its head of brand safety …
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.
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 …
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 …
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  —  And who hosts those debates can have a significant impact on which contenders chose to participate, and how they perform.
Sky News:
The UK, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain call on FIFA and broadcasters to reach a deal to air the Women's World Cup; FIFA said the offers were “disappointing”  —  The joint statement comes weeks after the head of FIFA threatened not to show this year's tournament in the UK …
Discussion: Reuters, GOV.UK and Financial Times
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.
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  —  Federal investigators are probing the videos as a possible hack of Fox News.  But a lawyer for a former Deadspin …
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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
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
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Dan Caesar / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
A bankruptcy judge rules that Diamond Sports Group must pay four MLB teams their full contract values to keep televising games; Diamond sought to cut its costs
Sam Tobin / Reuters:
Getty asks London's High Court to stop UK sales of Stable Diffusion, accusing Stability AI of copyright infringement for training its AI model on Getty's images
Sources: Jemele Hill is leaving Spotify, which has exclusively distributed her Jemele Hill Is Unbothered podcast and her Unbothered Network of shows since 2019

From Techmeme:

Terraform Labs and co-founder Do Kwon agree to pay $4.47B to resolve a US SEC lawsuit, after a jury in April found them liable for fraud following a civil trial

Sean Michael Kerner / VentureBeat:
Stability AI releases Stable Diffusion 3 Medium, intended to be a smaller yet capable model on consumer GPUs, with 2B parameters, compared to SD3 Large's 8B

Mariella Moon / Engadget:
X says Likes are now private for everyone, meaning users are no longer be able to see who liked someone else's post

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