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9:10 AM ET, February 19, 2024

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Emily Smith / The Wrap:
Media experts and former CNN executives say CEO Mark Thompson needs to cut costs as he remakes the network, and some top anchor salaries will likely be pruned  —  As the cable network suffers ongoing dismal ratings, Thompson needs to cut costs — including $50 million in on-air talent
Javier Espinoza / Financial Times:
Sources: the EU plans to fine Apple around €500M for allegedly breaking EU law over access to music streaming services, following a 2019 complaint by Spotify  —  Move is culmination of long-running European Commission antitrust probe after a complaint by Spotify
Max Tani / Semafor:
A look at efforts by pro-Israel groups such as the 10/7 Project to discredit journalists like WaPo's Louisa Loveluck, who they deem to be biased against Israel  —  The Scoop  —  Pro-Israel groups, deeply critical of American news outlets such as the Washington Post over their coverage of the war in Gaza …
Jack Shafer / Politico:
Q&A with Margot Susca on her new book Hedged, which details how the US chain newspapers including Gannett were purchased and squeezed by PE firms like Alden  —  A journalism professor blames Wall Street for the newspaper industry's collapse.  —  The great American newspaper ain't what it used to be.
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
Ofcom launches an impartiality investigation into UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's participation on GB News' People's Forum, after receiving ~500 complaints  —  U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's participation on GB News' “People's Forum” last week is the subject of an impartiality investigation by the country's media regulator Ofcom.
Bron Maher / Press Gazette:
The UK agrees to add safeguards to the “Snoopers' Charter”, requiring spy agencies to get an independent review before searching for journalistic material  —  Spy agencies will now need to secure independent review before searching for journalistic material.
Clay Risen / New York Times:
William Beecher, who as a NYT reporter revealed President Nixon's secret bombing campaign over Cambodia and Pulitzer Prize winner, died on February 9 at age 90  —  His New York Times scoop enraged the Nixon White House, which ordered a tap on his phone.  He later won a Pulitzer Prize at The Boston Globe.
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Current and ex-staff and experts say Sinclair stokes its audience's fears, with views that align with Trump, and David Smith wants the same at The Baltimore Sun  —  The local news powerhouse, whose chairman recently bought the Baltimore Sun, focuses on fear in broadcasts that often align with Donald Trump's view of cities
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: ABC News President Kim Godwin has become a polarizing figure inside the network, as critics say she is failing to rise up to challenges facing the unit  —  Expected to be a change agent, Godwin became a polarizing figure and was recently given a new boss; her backers praise her management style
Jessica Toonkel / Wall Street Journal:
A look at the expansion plans of LeBron James' SpringHill, which makes most of its $200M in revenue from creating sponsored short videos for advertisers  —  The basketball legend is building a business that includes movies and TV, advertising and a grooming line.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Paramount has held talks with Comcast about Paramount+ and Peacock joining forces through a partnership or a joint venture  —  The two companies have recently discussed a streaming partnership or joint-venture for Paramount+ and Peacock  —  Paramount has held recent talks with Comcast …
 
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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Amazon aims to debut a Roger Federer movie in July around Wimbledon, adding to sports documentary programming that includes Travis Kelce and Barry Sanders films
Natalie Korach / The Wrap:
Legal news service Law360 lays off 10% of its newsroom, per impacted journalists; the outlet's parent company LexisNexis saw record profits in 2023
Amy Or / Bloomberg:
Sources: Reddit signed a deal early in 2024, worth ~$60M on an annualized basis, allowing a large unnamed AI company to train its models on Reddit's content
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The Wrap:
Nexstar is developing a weekly political talk show in collaboration between the CW and The Hill; it will air on Sundays on local CW stations
Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
Private equity firm RedBird IMI finalizes a £1.15B deal to acquire UK TV and film producer All3Media from Warner Bros. Discovery and Liberty Media
David Pierce / The Verge:
A look at robots.txt, a goodwill-based social contract that has governed the behavior of web crawlers, as more publishers block AI crawlers from their sites