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4:50 PM ET, June 5, 2023

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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sources: in a staff call, Chris Licht responded to the The Atlantic piece, saying he will strive to regain trust, move his office back to the newsroom, and more  —  CNN chief Chris Licht told staffers Monday he wants to help them make the news rather than being a central figure in it.
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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.”
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 …
New York Times:
Internal document: Twitter's US ad revenue from April 1 to the first week of May fell 59% YoY to $88M; sources say that performance is unlikely to improve soon  —  In internal forecasts, the company projected that ad sales would keep declining, handing a tough challenge to its new chief executive.
Sahar Elhabashi / Spotify:
Spotify cuts ~200 jobs, or 2% of its staff, at its podcast unit, combines Parcast and Gimlet into a renewed Spotify Studios, and reports 100M+ podcast listeners  —  Below is an adaptation of an internal update on Spotify's Podcast Business from Sahar Elhabashi, VP, Head of Podcast Business.
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Hundreds of journalists at Gannett newspapers walked off the job on Monday to protest budget cuts, in the biggest labor action in the company's history  —  The union representing the company's newsroom employees has urged a vote of no-confidence against the C.E.O. at a shareholder meeting on Monday.
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
NBC's Meet the Press moderator Chuck Todd says he is stepping down after nine years and says he'll 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.”
Bron Maher / Press Gazette:
A survey of 44 Ukrainian outlets: ~64% have more staff than before Russia's war, ~50% say grant funding is up by 50%+, and 44% get financial help from readers  —  Research suggests Ukraine's local newsrooms are on firmer financial footing this year.  —  The past year has seen an increase …
Rick Porter / The Hollywood Reporter:
Showtime quietly pulled an episode that featured Ron DeSantis' time as a US Navy lawyer at Guantanamo Bay, slated to air on May 28, from Vice's fourth season  —  An installment delving into the Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate's time as a U.S. Navy JAG officer …
Ben Smith / Semafor:
Journalists at NBC, CNN, and other outlets covering Russia's war have had their credentials threatened, revoked, or denied by Ukraine over breaking its rules  —  The News  —  Journalists covering the Russian invasion of Ukraine are engaged in a running, low-grade conflict with the Ukrainian government …
Will Douglas Heaven / MIT Technology Review:
A look at The Frost, a 12-minute movie created by Waymark using DALL-E 2, as startups like Waymark and Runway make AI tools for fast and cheap video production  —  Exclusive: Watch the world premiere of the AI-generated short film The Frost.  —  The Frost nails its uncanny, disconcerting vibe in its first few shots.
 
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Kari Soo Lindberg / Bloomberg:
Hong Kong's top court overturns the conviction of Bao Choy, a journalist who investigated the police response to a 2019 mob attack, a rare win for press freedom
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
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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
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
 

 
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Bryant Francis / Game Developer:
Unity apologizes and says games made with Unity Personal will be exempt from its Runtime Fee, which will only apply to games made with Unity versions from 2024

Katharine Gemmell / Bloomberg:
The UK CMA says Microsoft's revised offer to acquire Activision Blizzard for $69B, which includes selling some gaming rights to Ubisoft, addresses its concerns

Louise Matsakis / Semafor:
Sources: The White House is weighing requiring cloud companies to disclose when a client buys computing resources above a set threshold, as part of an EO on AI

 
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