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3:30 PM ET, June 6, 2023


 Top News: 
Lesley Goldberg / The Hollywood Reporter:
The CW says the LIV Golf and PGA Tour merger won't affect the LIV Golf event schedule for 2023 on The CW  —  The for-profit upstart golf league will continue to air as scheduled on the Nexstar-backed network. … “This is an exciting day to unify and grow the game of golf.
David Enrich / New York Times:
In a libel suit against New Hampshire Public Radio for a report on alleged sexual misconduct, a judge ruled NHPR must hand over reporter notes and transcripts  —  After publishing an exposé, journalists in New Hampshire faced broken windows, vulgar graffiti and a legal brawl, with important First Amendment implications.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Analysis: media covered Succession six times more than four other top-rated shows in the past 30 days, but this coverage saw the second lowest readership  —  The media's obsession with HBO's hit series “Succession” drew outsized coverage of the show that was disproportionate to reader interest, according to new data.
Ryan Barwick / Marketing Brew:
Draft: a trade group representing the NYT, the Post, Disney, and NBCUniversal tells members that AI tools trained on their archives could break copyright laws  —  A publishers' trade association— which includes the New York Times, the Washington Post, Disney, and NBCUniversal …
Gene Maddaus / Variety:
Members of SAG-AFTRA, which represents 160,000 performers, vote 97.91% in favor of strike authorization, pursuing an agenda that includes restrictions on AI use  —  The guild announced Monday night that 97.91% of the voting members supported the authorization.  Turnout was 47.69%.
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Apple says the upcoming iOS 17 update will add crossword puzzles to Apple News for News Plus subscribers  —  Apple's upcoming iOS 17 update will add daily crossword puzzles to the Apple News app, but only for News Plus subscribers, the company said on its iOS 17 preview website.
Rachel Aroesti / The Guardian:
How podcasts remade pop culture in unexpected ways, fostered parasocial relationships, and unearthed thrilling stories in their first two decades of existence  —  Since the first podcast was released two decades ago this month, the medium has upended pop culture in countless unexpected ways …
The Times:
Lloyds Banking Group threatens to put the owner of the Daily and Sunday Telegraph into administration after the breakdown of talks with the Barclay family  —  Talks between Barclay family and Lloyds Banking Group break down  —  Lloyds Banking Group has threatened to put the owner of the Daily …
Jake Kanter / Deadline:
UK Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer says the BBC is occasionally biased but refuses to give any specific examples and plans to review the license fee model  —  The UK's new Culture Secretary has accused the BBC of being biased, but failed to provide a single example of where the broadcaster has broken its commitment to impartiality.
Julie Weed / New York Times:
A look at retirement-age TikTok influencers who are finding success as brand representatives as the platform gains traction with older users  —  No matter what their age or finances, some elder influencers are finding that being on the app can bring them extra cash, or even help them extend their careers.
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
As indie films struggle to attract viewers, Hollywood studios and streaming services have pulled back their investments after paying record sums in recent years  —  Good afternoon from Los Angeles, where I've returned after a few weeks on the road.  The biggest cultural story in Europe …
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Publishers with subscription revenue are faring better than those without  —  Debates about the merits of subscription models continue, but publishers with reader revenue appear to be faring better in the current media environment than those without.
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Chris Gelardi / New York Focus:
The agency running New York prisons prohibits incarcerated writers, journalists, and artists from publishing without permission, and bans them from getting paid
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Press Gazette:
Mirror Group says there is “no evidence” Prince Harry was hacked and calls a suggestion that its journalists hacked Princess Diana's phone “total speculation”
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Disney CEO Bob Iger announces that Disney+ will be available on the $3,499 Apple Vision Pro headset, which has a movie theater feature, at launch in early 2024
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
A profile of Sean Bailey, who is in charge of Disney's live-action remakes and finds ways to make stories less retrograde, putting Disney in cultural fights
 Earlier Picks: 
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
Jenna Moon / Semafor:
TV and radio stations in some Russian cities on Ukraine's border broadcast a deep fake video of Putin declaring martial law on June 5; Russia blames a “hack”
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Podcast network Wondery hires N'Jeri Eaton, formerly Netflix's head of audio and Apple Podcasts' head of content, as head of co-productions for limited series
Discussion: @lucas_shaw and Observer
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Hundreds of Gannett journalists walked off the job on June 5 to protest the decimation of local newsrooms, in the biggest labor action in the company's history