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3:25 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”
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 …
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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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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.
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.
Michael Schulman / New Yorker:
A look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe yanking Hollywood into a franchise-drunk era, in which IP, over star power or directorial vision, drives what gets made  —  Robert Redford, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Rudd, and Angela Bassett now disappear into movies whose plots can come down to “Keep glowy thing away from bad guy.”
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.
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