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12:05 PM ET, June 12, 2023


 Top News: 
Mike Allen / Axios:
Source: Fox News sends Tucker Carlson a cease and desist letter over his Twitter show; the network says Carlson's contract runs through December 31, 2024  —  Fox News has sent a “cease and desist” letter to Tucker Carlson as he ramps up a competing series on Twitter that drew …
David Remnick / New Yorker:
Q&A with A.G. Sulzberger on “independent” journalism, the NYT's financial comeback, criticisms of its op-ed page, its coverage of Trump, trans issues, and more  —  The paper's publisher discusses bias in reporting, the Times' financial comeback, and criticisms of its coverage of Trump …
Jane Bradley / New York Times:
The Guardian apologizes to at least one woman for its handling of sexual harassment complaints against columnist Nick Cohen and plans to change its processes  —  The British media company is also changing its internal processes following a New York Times investigation into a former star political columnist.
Max Tani / Semafor:
Messages: WarnerMedia used CNN's relationship with then New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, brother of Chris Cuomo, to advance its commercial interests  —  The Scoop  —  CNN and its parent company Warner Bros. Discovery, reeling from firing CEO Chris Licht last week, are now facing a new, high-stakes drama.
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
With Telegraph's parent company B.UK in receivership and set for auction, a look at potential buyers and initial optimism shared among its staff about the news  —  With a sell-off looming for the newspapers, several tycoons and groups look to have the money, and the motivation, to take over
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
The Athletic lays off ~20 or ~4% of its journalists and will give 20+ reporters new assignments, as it shifts from one reporter per team to broader coverage  —  Nearly 20 journalists will lose their jobs and more than 20 others will be moved to new assignments.
Abbey White / The Hollywood Reporter:
How Sesame Workshop and Fred Rogers Productions continue to apply their values for inclusion and education in children's programming, often through new avenues  —  Nearly six decades after they premiered, ‘Sesame Street’ and ‘Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood' continue to inspire kids' programming …
Mia Sato / The Verge:
How science fiction and fantasy publishers are dealing with AI tools' role in the industry and with the trust crisis due to AI-generated content becoming common  —  Science fiction and fantasy authors are struggling with AI-generated media — and formulating strategies to deal with it.
Megan Graham / Wall Street Journal:
GroupM expects global ad spending to grow 5.9% to $874.5B in 2023, excluding US political ads, and digital advertising to grow 8.4%, the slowest since 2009  —  GroupM expects ad spending to grow 5.9% this year to $874.5 billion, excluding U.S. political advertising
Discussion: AdExchanger, Ad Age, Digiday and MediaPost
Amaris Castillo / Poynter:
Three photojournalists talk about their reporting funded by California-based nonprofit CatchLight, which supports visual journalists in underrepresented markets  —  ‘I thought and I understood that it was very likely that I would never be part of a newsroom again, because those positions are so rare ...’
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Nexstar's NewsNation, which has paltry ratings compared to its competitors, expands its Chicago-based program Morning in America to four hours
Discussion: @tvgrimreaper
Benj Edwards / Ars Technica:
A tech reporter on why he bought a 2023 World Book Encyclopedia printed set: nostalgia, permanence, and no AI or human tampering, link rot, or stealth edits
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Nicola Agius / Search Engine Land:
Reddit launches two new ad products: Product Ads, which have call-to-action buttons that send users to a brand's product page, and Contextual Keyword Targeting
Discussion: The Drum and MediaPost
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
Los Angeles Times Executive Editor Kevin Merida's staff meeting details: no masthead layoffs, 30-day notices for 56 guild members, and buyout options for some
Lesley Goldberg / The Hollywood Reporter:
Starz/Lionsgate suspends a BMF producer after he allegedly sped his car toward striking writers outside the Atlanta set and braked, as an “intimidation” tactic
Isabella Simonetti / Wall Street Journal:
Antenna: Netflix gained more US subscribers from May 25 to May 28, after its password-sharing crackdown began, than in any other four days since at least 2019

From Techmeme:

Bryant Francis / Game Developer:
Unity apologizes and says games made with Unity Personal will be exempt from its Runtime Fee, which will only apply to games made with Unity versions from 2024

Katharine Gemmell / Bloomberg:
The UK CMA says Microsoft's revised offer to acquire Activision Blizzard for $69B, which includes selling some gaming rights to Ubisoft, addresses its concerns

Louise Matsakis / Semafor:
Sources: The White House is weighing requiring cloud companies to disclose when a client buys computing resources above a set threshold, as part of an EO on AI

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