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8:45 AM ET, June 9, 2023


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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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Brian Stelter / Washington Post:
CNN insiders wonder what David Zaslav wants the network to be, given that cable news viewers don't agree on basic facts and extremist attitudes shape politics
Peter Kafka / Vox:
CNN's next manager and current owner need to be realistic about what the company can do and stop pretending “neutrality” will fix cable news' structural issues
The Markup:
A database on ad platform Xandr containing 650K+ “audience segments” shows how data brokers classify consumers by surveilling their online and offline activity  —  A spreadsheet on ad platform Xandr's website revealed a massive collection of “audience segments” …
L.A. Times Guild:
Letter: the LA Times Guild says the union would have considered layoff alternatives, like a work-sharing plan, but management offered “no warning or discussion”  —  Since the Los Angeles Times Guild started negotiating our new contract in September, our bargaining committee has met …
William Turvill / Press Gazette:
Google plans to launch News Showcase, first announced in October 2020, in the US later this summer, alongside partnerships with five local news associations  —  Partner publications include the Wall Street Journal, AP, Reuters and Bloomberg.  —  Google will launch the US edition …
Chris Gelardi / New York Focus:
The agency that runs New York's prisons rescinds its 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
Ben Finley / Associated Press:
Pat Robertson, a religious broadcaster, the host of The 700 Club television show, and the founder of the global Christian Broadcasting Network, dies at 93  —  Pat Robertson, a religious broadcaster who turned a tiny Virginia station into the global Christian Broadcasting Network …
[Thread] Insider's union, on Day Seven of a strike, writes owner Axel Springer and its majority stake owner KKR, urging management to bargain with workers  —  Today, our bargaining committee sent two letters to groups with meaningful influence on Insider: Axel Springer and KKR. We asked them to encourage Insider to give us reasonable counters, a key move toward ending our ULP strike. Here are the letters and their key points: (1/6)
Disney's Hotstar plans to offer free streaming of cricket tournaments in India on mobile devices, following JioCinema's recent success with a similar strategy  —  Walt Disney Co's (DIS.N) Hotstar will offer free streaming of cricket tournaments in India on mobile devices …
Discussion: Variety
The Messenger:
A look at the WGA strike's financial impact, which some experts say may extend beyond Hollywood's geographical limits and the major players' revenue streams  —  The financial repercussions of the writers strike extend beyond the geographical confines of Hollywood and the wallets of the industry's major players, experts say
Discussion: The Wrap and Deadline
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Some in South Korea's entertainment industry worry that Netflix's dominance and relying on its global distribution give Netflix an edge over local distributors  —  Despite a wave of international interest in South Korean film and television, the stock prices of many of the country's production companies have been in a slump.
Discussion: @lucas_shaw
Katharine Gemmell / Bloomberg:
Julian Assange loses an appeal to his extradition from the UK to the US, but has an avenue for appeal in the UK and the European Court of Human Rights  —  WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange has lost the latest attempt to appeal his extradition to the US to face criminal spying charges …
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 More News: 
John Perrino / Tech Policy Press:
Six US senators reintroduce a bipartisan bill to improve social media transparency, requiring companies to share ad libraries, moderation stats, and more
Nathan VanderKlippe / Globe and Mail:
Ukraine refuses to renew media credentials for a photojournalist who has worked for The Globe and Mail since 2014, after demanding he take a lie detector test
Jeremy Barr / @jeremymbarr:
[Thread] Morning Consult is “dissolving” its newsroom and putting more emphasis on its analyst team; the changes will impact 2.4% of the company's employees
Hollywood insiders reflect on the end of “Peak TV”, kickstarted by Netflix releasing House of Cards, and the possible return of TV shows with broader appeal
Jane Thier / Fortune:
Chris Licht's exit means all major US news organization are now led by women: CNN, ABC News, MSNBC, NBC News, CBS News, Fox News, NYT, WaPo, Reuters, and WSJ
 Earlier Picks: 
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
G/O names veteran tech journalist Dan Ackerman as EIC of Gizmodo; Ackerman was most recently the editorial director at CNET
Discussion: @marc_saltzman and @danackerman

From Techmeme:

Shira Ovide / Washington Post:
Many local US police departments are fearmongering by issuing warnings on the privacy risk of the iPhone's NameDrop feature, used to wirelessly share contacts

Matt Levine / Bloomberg:
How OpenAI's leadership chaos points to lingering governance issues and could affect its business prospects ahead of fundraising at an $86B valuation

Duncan Riley / SiliconANGLE:
AWS announces AI foundation model enhancements to its automated speech recognition service Transcribe, now supporting 100+ languages, and to Personalize and Lex

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