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2:10 PM ET, July 10, 2023

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New York Times:
The NYT announces plans to disband its sports desk and rely on coverage from The Athletic online and in print; NYT sports journalists will move to other roles  —  Coverage of games, players and leagues will now primarily come from The Athletic, the sports website that the company bought last year.
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Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
A profile of The Athletic's publisher, David Perpich, who helped the NYT grow into games, cooking, and more, as he tries to make The Athletic profitable by 2025  —  David Perpich, cousin of publisher A.G. Sulzberger, was an architect of the subscriber bundle of games, a cooking app, the Wirecutter and sports-media site the Athletic
Discussion: @alexbruell and Barrett Media
Ben Strauss / Washington Post:
In a letter, the New York Times sports staff asks leadership about their future amid concerns of closing the section and merging The Athletic into the newspaper  —  The New York Times sports department sent a pointed letter to the newspaper's leadership Sunday asking for answers about the future …
Wes Davis / The Verge:
Following similar lawsuits, Sarah Silverman and two other authors sue OpenAI and Meta, claiming LLaMA and ChatGPT were trained on copyright-infringing material  —  Comedian and author Sarah Silverman, as well as authors Christopher Golden and Richard Kadrey — are suing OpenAI and Meta each …
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
The chief content officer role has become increasingly important in entertainment companies, helping smooth over issues when adapting IP across series and films  —  NBCUniversal's elevation of Donna Langley heralds a corporate leadership era that signals a top exec is needed …
Discussion: The Wrap and @alexweprin
Sam Hancock / BBC:
In a letter to the BBC, a lawyer for the teen allegedly paid £35K by a BBC presenter for photos says the claims made in The Sun are “rubbish”  —  Culture Secretary Lucy Frazer has held urgent talks with the BBC's director general after a presenter was accused of paying a teenager for sexually explicit photos.
Kelly Jensen / BOOK RIOT:
A new MS law bans minors from accessing ebooks via Libby and other apps without parental permission; vendors must ensure no “obscenity” in books given to minors  —  Despite the age of consent in Mississippi being 16, no one under the age of 18 will have access to digital materials …
James Warrington / Telegraph:
Barb: Channel 4's audience share dropped to a record low of 4.48% in May, reaching 35.8M viewers, down from 39M+ YoY, as it attempts to transition to streaming  —  Broadcaster suffers fall in viewers as it attempts to transition to the streaming age  —  Gathered for dinner at a London hotel …
 
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Audible names Rachel Ghiazza as chief content officer; she most recently served as EVP and head of US content
Igor Bonifacic / Engadget:
Twitch plans to launch ephemeral Stories in October 2023 and a Discovery Feed featuring a personalized mix of streamers' clips this fall, both in its mobile app
Discussion: Ad Age, Music Ally and blog.twitch.tv
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