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4:55 PM ET, June 7, 2023


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Sara Fischer / Axios:
CNN CEO Chris Licht confirms he plans to step down, replaced by Amy Entelis in the interim, after a damaging Atlantic profile and Donald Trump town hall  —  Chris Licht, the embattled CEO of CNN, plans to step down, he confirmed to Axios on Wednesday.  Licht has been on the job for 13 months.
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Chris Licht managed talent poorly and the push to shift CNN to the center politically failed, but the fundamental issue is that cable news is in secular decline  —  Chris Licht will be stepping down as the CEO and Chairman of CNN.  His departure was first reported by Puck News early Wednesday.
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
Lucas Manfredi / The Wrap:
Internal memo: WBD CEO David Zaslav addressed Chris Licht's departure, saying “I take responsibility” and “things did not work out the way we had hoped”
Casey Newton / Platformer:
How Twitter, YouTube, and Meta gave up on removing lies about the 2020 US presidential elections, after having briefly banded together to do the right thing  —  For a time, they fought the good fight — but not any more  —  I.  —  On tech platforms these days you can get away with just about anything …
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
The LA Times is cutting 74 newsroom jobs, representing 13% of total staff; layoffs will affect some editors, audio producers, and the audience engagement team  —  The Los Angeles Times is cutting its newsroom staff, becoming the latest news organization to contract amid economic pressures brought …
Jessica Toonkel / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Amazon plans to launch an ad-supported Prime Video tier and is talking with WBD and Paramount about adding their ad-based tiers to Prime Video Channels  —  Discussions come as ad buyers have been pushing for more access to premium shows and movies  —  Amazon is planning to launch …
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Amrita Khalid / The Verge:
Spotify combining Gimlet and Parcast into a single unit signals a move from pricey originals to amateur podcasters and creator partnerships  —  When Spotify announced yesterday that it would lay off 200 employees from its podcast unit and combine Gimlet and Parcast into a single operation, it came as a shock to outside observers.
Sahil Patel / The Information:
Sources: BuzzFeed is exploring a potential sale of Complex Networks, which it acquired when going public in late 2021 for nearly $300M  —  BuzzFeed is exploring a potential sale of Complex Networks, a digital media firm it acquired when going public in late 2021 for nearly $300 million, according to people familiar with the matter.
Discussion: The Wrap
The Athletic:
Sources: MLS and Apple discussed sharing new Season Pass subscriber revenue with Lionel Messi; on June 6, Apple unveiled a four-part Messi docuseries on TV+  —  Major League Soccer and Inter Miami are solidifying details around the potential signing of Argentine superstar Lionel Messi.
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Q&A with SiriusXM CEO Jennifer Witz on operating a satellite business, hardware dependency, online content delivery, podcasts, company structure, and more  —  SiriusXM scooped up Stitcher, Pandora, and Team Coco in recent years, but satellite radio in cars still drives the business.
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