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7:55 PM ET, June 6, 2023


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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
WBD CEO David Zaslav has a history of tearing down and renovating what he considers to be underperforming cable assets, but this strategy might not work for CNN  —  Analysis: Warner Bros. Discovery's news giant is no fixer-upper, and probably shouldn't be treated as such
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: executives are discussing how to add some CNN content to Warner Bros. Discovery's streaming service Max, without violating cable distribution contracts  —  - The latest saga calls into question how prepared the network will be to cover the 2024 elections — typically …
Lesley Goldberg / The Hollywood Reporter:
The CW says the LIV Golf and PGA Tour merger won't change the LIV Golf event schedule for 2023 on The CW, which includes coverage of seven more tournaments  —  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.
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Tucker Carlson posts the first episode of his new show, Tucker on Twitter; the episode was just over 10 minutes long and appeared to be from his home in Maine  —  Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson released the first episode of his new show on Twitter Tuesday evening.
David Enrich / New York Times:
In a libel lawsuit against New Hampshire Public Radio for an alleged sexual misconduct report, a judge rules NHPR must share a reporter's 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.
[Thread] Members of The New York Times' NewsGuild vote more than 99% in favor of ratifying a five-year contract specifying raises, fertility coverage, and more  —  After nearly 800 days without a contract, ~1,000 @NYTimesGuild members voted more than 99 percent in favor to ratify a new 5-year deal that includes an immediate $65,000 salary floor, raises for every member, hybrid work options, a ban on NDAs and new investments in local news. [image]
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Analysis: the media covered Succession six times more than four other top-rated shows in the past 30 days; the coverage saw the second lowest average 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.
Chris Gelardi / New York Focus:
The agency that runs New York's prisons bans incarcerated writers, journalists, and artists from publishing without permission, and from getting compensation  —  New York prisons may have effectively banned journalism behind bars.  —  The new prison policy prohibits incarcerated people from getting paid for their creative work.
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
Email: Reddit lays off ~90 employees, or ~5% of its workforce, and slows hiring, as the company restructures key parts of its business to break even in 2024  —  Moves aim to help social-media company break even next year  —  Social-media company Reddit is laying off roughly 90 employees …
Jay Peters / The Verge:
Apple says iOS 17 will add daily crossword puzzles to Apple News for News Plus subscribers, putting the app in even closer competition with The New York Times  —  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.
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Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
UK outlets opening bureaus in the US and US outlets growing their British presence, like The New York Times, stretch the definition of foreign correspondence  —  A week ago, a piece of investigative journalism alleged that Nick Cohen, a former columnist for The Observer …
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Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
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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

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Karen Weise / New York Times:
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