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4:15 PM ET, June 8, 2023

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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  —  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.
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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 …
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
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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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 …
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 …
Vulture:
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  —  If you call a slew of Hollywood's most powerful showrunners, studio chiefs, agents, and operators and ask them to describe …
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 …
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  —  IA DIPASUPIL/GETTY IMAGES FOR NEW YORK MAGAZINE  —  CNN announced on Wednesday that its chairman and CEO Chris Licht is leaving …
Brooks Barnes / New York Times:
Universal says premium VOD has had a “hugely positive” business impact, generating $1B+ in revenue in less than three years, without decreasing ticket sales  —  The studio let viewers rent or buy movies earlier for a higher price.  This made more than $1 billion in less than three years …
Axios:
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 …
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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
 
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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: @danackerman
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
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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
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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Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
The US and global partners dismantle the 911 S5 proxy botnet, “likely the world's largest botnet ever” affecting 19M+ IPs, and arrest its alleged administrator

Mia Sato / The Verge:
Google confirms the authenticity of the 2,500 pages of leaked Search documents filled with details about data the company collects

Financial Times:
Source: Microsoft pushed OpenAI to prioritize commercial products after the attempted coup against Sam Altman in November 2023, amplifying tensions at OpenAI

 
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