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4:15 AM ET, April 29, 2024


 Top News: 
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Paramount Global's board is preparing to fire CEO Bob Bakish as soon as Monday, after he lost the trust of controlling shareholder Shari Redstone  —  Bob Bakish, then president and chief executive officer of Viacom Inc., speaks during the Mobile World Congress Americas event in Los Angeles …
Jessica Toonkel / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Paramount Global's board is considering replacing CEO Bob Bakish with an “Office of the CEO” made up of division heads on an interim basis  —  Entertainment giant would install a committee of top executives to run an ‘Office of the CEO’ on an interim basis; no decision has been made on Bakish's future
Elise Morton / Associated Press:
Russia arrests journalists Konstantin Gabov and Sergey Karelin on “extremism” charges for allegedly working for a group founded by the late Alexei Navalny  —  Two Russian journalists were arrested by their government on “extremism” charges and ordered by courts there on Saturday …
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
Producers United, a grassroots group of 86 top Hollywood “career producers”, launches to advocate for reforms, including changing their fee structure  —  EXCLUSIVE: As signatories prepare to negotiate new deals with IATSE and Teamsters, it might seem like the last thing the town wants …
Associated Press:
Large protests outside the annual WHCD event condemned both the Western news' media coverage of the war in Gaza and President Biden's handling of the conflict  —  An election-year roast of President Joe Biden before journalists, celebrities and politicians at the annual White House correspondents …
Ben Smith / Semafor:
Sources: Nicholas Carlson, who has been the global editor-in-chief of Business Insider since 2017, is expected to leave the publication later this summer  —  After a nine-month span in 2020, in which social media furors forced the resignations of editors at Condé Nast titles …
Sharareh Drury / Variety:
An Iranian court sentences rapper Toomaj Salehi to death over songs criticizing the Iranian government; the Recording Academy and others denounced the decision  —  The Recording Academy, Meek Mill and more artists have denounced Salehi's sentencing.  —  Iranian rapper Toomaj Salehi …
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Jeff Jarvis / BuzzMachine:
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Matt Grant / KXAN-TV:
Media advocates denounce an Austin TV photojournalist's arrest amid campus protests; one calls for a law shielding journalists from law enforcement interference
Andrew Marchand / The Athletic:
Sources: Amazon Prime Video has a framework deal for NBA broadcast rights for at least a decade, starting in 2025-26; ESPN/ABC is expected to keep the finals
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Martin Pengelly / The Guardian:
Howard Stern of SiriusXM snags a surprise interview with President Biden, following reports of Biden's refusal so far to give The NYT a sit-down interview
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Memo: CNN's Poppy Harlow is leaving the network; she joined in 2008 and most recently co-hosted CNN This Morning, which was effectively canceled earlier in 2024
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
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Katie Robertson / New York Times:
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