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12:50 PM ET, June 8, 2023


 Top News: 
Peter Kafka / Vox:
CNN's next manager and its owner need to be realistic about what the company can do and stop pretending a political pivot will fix structural cable news issues  —  Ever after its CEO's firing, CNN remains stuck in no man's land.  —  Technically, the news is that CNN CEO Chris Licht was pushed out this morning.
Brian Stelter / Washington Post:
CNN insiders wonder what David Zaslav wants the network to be, when cable news viewers no longer agree on basic facts and extremist attitudes shape politics  —  Brian Stelter, a former media reporter for CNN and the New York Times, is the author of three books, including the forthcoming …
Loree Seitz / The Wrap:
Analysis: advertisers spent $313M on CNN from January to April 2023, down from $513M a year prior, while the number of advertisers fell from 2,700 to 2,100  —  The number of advertisers on the network also dropped 23% from the first four months of 2022  —  CNN's ad revenue fell nearly 40% year …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
CNN CEO Chris Licht confirms he plans to step down after 13 months, following a damning Atlantic profile last week and the Donald Trump town hall in May 2023
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Chris Licht managed CNN anchors poorly and his push to the political center failed, but the fundamental issue is that cable news is in a broad, secular decline
Alex Griffing / Mediaite:
CNN has also let go of Chris Licht's top executives, including comms chief Kris Coratti, head of strategic comms Matt Dornic, and chief of staff Devan Cayea
Ben Finley / Associated Press:
Pat Robertson, the religious broadcaster, host of The 700 Club, and founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network, dies at 93  —  Pat Robertson, a religious broadcaster who turned a tiny Virginia station into the global Christian Broadcasting Network, tried a run for president and helped …
Jane Thier / Fortune:
With Chris Licht's departure, most major US news organizations are now led by women, including ABC News, MSNBC, NBC News, CBS News, Fox, CNN, NYT, WaPo, and WSJ  —  IA DIPASUPIL/GETTY IMAGES FOR NEW YORK MAGAZINE  —  CNN announced on Wednesday that its chairman and CEO Chris Licht is leaving …
Discussion: Variety
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Google plans to launch the US version of its News Showcase this summer, as part of a package that includes partnerships with five local news associations  —  Partner publications include the Wall Street Journal, AP, Reuters and Bloomberg.  —  Google will launch the US edition …
Letter: Fox News tells Tucker Carlson's lawyers he “is in breach” of his contract after he launched his Twitter show; Carlson's lawyers cite the First Amendment  —  Fox News Wednesday notified Tucker Carlson's lawyers that the former prime-time anchor violated his contract …
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Tucker Carlson posts the first episode of his new show, Tucker on Twitter; the episode is just over 10 minutes long and appears to be from his rural Maine home
Chris Gelardi / New York Focus:
New York state prison agency rescinds rules that restricted incarcerated writers, journalists, and artists from publishing without permission  —  The policy and its sudden reversal will be among Acting Commissioner Anthony Annucci's last acts.  —  STAY FOCUSED  —  Submit
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
G/O names tech reporter Dan Ackerman as EIC of Gizmodo; Ackerman was mostly recently at CNET  —  Veteran technology journalist Dan Ackerman has been hired as editor in chief of tech news site Gizmodo.  —  Ackerman comes to Gizmodo from consumer technology publication CNET …
Discussion: @danackerman
Karlene Lukovitz / MediaPost:
Analysis: daily impressions generated by local broadcast news programming exceed those of programs on six leading streaming services by between 8x and 12x  —  Daily impressions generated by local broadcast news programming exceed those of programs on six leading streaming services by between eight …
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Ash Parrish / The Verge:
Twitch walks back its Branded Content Guidelines from June 6, calling them “bad” for the company and streamers' growth and income, after a creator backlash
Matthew Keys / Fierce Video:
YouTube launches a version of its Primetime Channels in Germany, its first market outside of the US, offering subscriptions ranging from €3/month to €100/year
Discussion: SportBusiness, Thanks:@thedeskdotnet
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
 Earlier Picks: 
Amrita Khalid / The Verge:
Spotify combining Gimlet and Parcast into a single unit signals the company moving away from pricey originals to amateur podcasters and creator partnerships
Sara Fischer / @sarafischer:
OutVoice, a freelancer management and payment service for media companies, acquires Study Hall, a newsletter and online freelancer community, for six figures
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
The Los Angeles Times cuts 74 newsroom jobs, or ~13% of its total staff, including editors, photographers, audio producers, and the audience engagement team
Financial Times:
Sources: Lloyds puts B.UK, a holding company controlling Telegraph titles and The Spectator, into receivership over the Barclay family owing almost £1B in debt

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Natasha Singer / New York Times:
Court filings show how Zuckerberg and other Meta execs played down risks to young users, while rejecting staff pleas to bolster guardrails and hire more staff

Ashley Belanger / Ars Technica:
How the Internet Archive plans to defend its digital lending practices as it appeals a US court's 2023 ruling; IA says it was forced to remove over 500K books

Mark Sullivan / Fast Company:
In response to plagiarism allegations, Perplexity CEO Aravind Srinivas says the company “is not ignoring” robots.txt, but does rely on third-party web crawlers

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