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5:50 AM ET, February 9, 2024

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Josh Dickey / The Wrap:
Tucker Carlson releases his two-hour interview with the Russian president Vladimir Putin for free on his website and on X  —  The former Fox News host sat with the Russian president in Moscow  —  Tucker Carlson released his two-hour interview with Vladimir Putin, the Russian president whose military …
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Corbin Bolies / The Daily Beast:
In an interview with Tucker Carlson, Putin says he would “not rule out” releasing Evan Gershkovich, but maintains claims the WSJ reporter committed espionage  —  “At the end of the day, it does not make any sense to keep him in prison in Russia,” Putin told Tucker Carlson during their two-hour interview.
Shirin Ghaffary / Bloomberg:
A profile of OpenAI COO Brad Lightcap, tasked by Sam Altman with striking a deal with Axel Springer, which may offer a road map for additional media deals  —  Brad Lightcap helped seal the startup's deal with publisher Axel Springer.  Now he's experimenting with the company's business model.
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Thomas Barrabi / New York Post:
News Corp CEO says it is in advanced talks with major AI companies to license its content and that Sam Altman understands “the social importance of journalism”
Dino Grandoni / Washington Post:
A US jury awards climate scientist Michael Mann damages of $1M+ in his defamation suit against two right-wing bloggers claiming he manipulated his research data  —  The verdict comes amid heightened attacks on scientists working on climate change, vaccines and other issues
Eric Fisher / Front Office Sports:
Sources: Sinclair is exploring strategic alternatives for the Tennis Channel, including bringing in an equity partner; Sinclair purchased it in 2016 for $350M  —  Sinclair Inc. is exploring bringing in an equity partner for the Tennis Channel as well as other strategic alternatives for the network …
Sammy Hudes / The Canadian Press:
Memo: Bell Media plans to sell 45 radio stations and end some TV newscasts in stations such as CTV and BNN Bloomberg, after its parent BCE announced layoffs  —  Bell Media selling 45 radio stations amid layoffs  —  Bell Media is ending multiple television newscasts and making other programming cuts …
Ben Smith / Semafor:
An interview with Piers Morgan on ending his live broadcast show Piers Morgan Uncensored on News UK's TalkTV to focus on YouTube  —  The Scoop  —  The British broadcaster Piers Morgan is giving up his live, daily, hour-long evening news show for a YouTube-first, digitally native …
Heather Hollingsworth / Associated Press:
The city of Minneapolis agrees to pay $950K to settle a suit alleging that journalists were subjected to police harassment while covering George Floyd protests  —  The city of Minneapolis agreed Thursday to pay $950,000 to settle a lawsuit alleging that journalists were subjected …
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