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2:30 PM ET, April 17, 2024


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Alicia Montgomery / Slate:
A former NPR editor says Uri Berliner's critique was inaccurate and ignored inconvenient facts, but the outlet has long been an overcautious, centrist mess  —  Yes, the broadcaster is a mess.  But “wokeness” isn't the issue.  —  NPR, the great bastion of old-school audio journalism, is a mess.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Uri Berliner says he is resigning from NPR as he “cannot work in a newsroom where I am disparaged by a new CEO whose divisive views confirm” NPR's problems  —  Uri Berliner, a National Public Radio senior editor who wrote a scathing online essay accusing the public radio network …
Ben Mullin / @benmullin:
About 50 NPR staffers sign a letter to NPR leadership calling for a public rebuke of the “factual inaccuracies and elisions” in Uri Berliner's essay  —  new: About 50 NPR employees sign a letter to CEO Katherine Maher and top editor Edith Chapin calling for, among other things, a public rebuke of the “factual inaccuracies and elisions” in Uri Berliner's Free Press essay. [image]
Sam Tobin / Reuters:
UK court documents: actor Hugh Grant settled a lawsuit against The Sun publisher News Group Newspapers over claims of using private investigators to phone tap  —  British actor Hugh Grant has settled a lawsuit against the publisher of The Sun tabloid newspaper over claims journalists used …
Hadas Gold / CNN:
The News/Media Alliance asks the DOJ, the FTC, and California's AG for a probe into whether Google broke any laws when removing some links to CA news sites  —  An organization that represents more than 2,000 news publishers sent letters on Tuesday to federal agencies, urging them to launch …
James Careless / TV Tech:
Parks Associates: US households with internet now consume an average 43.5 hours of video per week across all viewing devices, up from 37.2 hours in 2020  —  Those homes are now watching six more hours of video per week than they were in 2020  —  U.S. Internet households now consume …
Ivan Mehta / TechCrunch:
Snap plans to add watermarks to AI-generated images exported from Snapchat; the watermarks appear as a translucent version of the Snap logo with a sparkle emoji  —  Social media company Snap said Tuesday that it plans to add watermarks to AI-generated images on its platform.
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
The European Data Protection Board says large online platforms like Meta should give users an option to use their services for free without targeted advertising  —  Meta Platforms (META.O) and other large online platforms should give users an option to use their services …
A profile of Uday Shankar, a former journalist who worked with the Murdoch family and is set to lead Viacom18, which is poised to dominate India's media market  —  - Uday Shankar will be vice chair of sports, entertainment giant  — The $8.5 billion deal unites Disney's business with Reliance
Discussion: Sohee Kim on LinkedIn
Mike Allen / Axios:
The Daily Beast seeks a reporter to cover Jeff Bezos' fiancée Lauren Sánchez, part of plans to become a “smart tabloid” and cover tech execs and their ecosystem  —  - The website also plans aggressive coverage of the royals, in an effort to show up ink-stained Brits.
Discussion: New York Post and Page Six
Jesse Whittock / Deadline:
Swedish streaming service Viaplay, which shut down its US app in February, launches a $5.99 per month subscription channel on Prime Video Channels  —  Viaplay shut its direct-to-consumer service in February, but the Scandi streamer is still active in the U.S.
Discussion: Variety and Media Play News
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Matt Donnelly / Variety:
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Mayank Parmar / BleepingComputer:
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