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5:55 AM ET, May 16, 2024

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Politico:
Joe Biden proposes two debates with Trump, ditching the bipartisan commission that has conducted presidential debates since the late 1980s; Trump accepts  —  During recent weeks, both the Trump and Biden campaigns held behind-the-scenes talks about debate planning.
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ABC News:
Joe Biden and Donald Trump agree to an ABC News presidential debate on September 10
CNN:
CNN plans to host the Joe Biden and Donald Trump presidential debate in Georgia on June 27, after both accepted CNN's invitation
Washington Post:
Biden's debate proposal asks for broadcast networks that hosted GOP debates in 2016 and Democratic debates in 2020: CNN, ABC News, Telemundo, and CBS News
CNBC:
Netflix says its ad tier has 40M MAUs, up from 23M in January 2024, and plans to launch its own ad platform and no longer partner with Microsoft for that tech  —  Netflix's cheaper, ad-supported tier has amassed 40 million global monthly active users, the company said Wednesday.
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Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix strikes a three-year deal with the NFL to stream two new Christmas Day games this season, and “at least one game” in 2025 and in 2026  —  The streaming giant lands the league's two new Christmas Day games, beginning this season.  —  Netflix will stream live NFL games, beginning this season.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube formally launches YouTube Select Creator Takeovers, to let advertisers buy out the inventory on channels representing the top 1% of YouTube content  —  Video platform also inks deal to bring WNBA Friday night games to YouTube TV … At its annual Brandcast event …
Reuters:
EU ambassadors agree in principle to put four Russian media outlets, including Voice of Europe and RIA Novosti, on its sanctions list over propaganda concerns  —  EU ambassadors agreed in principle on Wednesday to place four Russian media outlets on its sanctions list, accusing them of propaganda …
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Steven Melendez / Fast Company:
Nabiha Syed, previously CEO of The Markup and associate general counsel at BuzzFeed, joins the Mozilla Foundation as executive director  —  The Mozilla Foundation's new executive director was previously CEO of nonprofit tech news outlet The Markup.  —  Nabiha Syed, who was previously CEO …
Bloomberg:
Sources: Paramount has had talks with Amazon about expanding ties, including bundled sales of channels; one source said the talks also involved advertising  —  The discussions may not amount to anything, but are said to include bundled sales of channels, according to the people …
Discussion: Deadline and Ad Age
Antonio Planas / NBC News:
ESPN says Caitlin Clark's WNBA debut game for the Indiana Fever was the most-watched WNBA game on ESPN platforms ever, drawing 2.1M viewers and peaking at 2.3M  —  Clark's first game as a pro scored 2.1 million viewers, making it the highest-rated WNBA game in the league's history across the ESPN platforms.
Jem Aswad / Variety:
The National Music Publishers' Association sends a cease-and-desist letter to Spotify over its use of lyrics in its videos feature, remix tool, and more  —  Spotify was hit with a cease-and-desist letter from the National Music Publishers Assn. over its use of lyrics in its recently launched video function …
Marie Woolf / Globe and Mail:
The CRTC delays Online Streaming Act enactment until late 2025; the law sets how much streamers and broadcasters pay to support Canadian and Indigenous content  —  ////The timetable for implementing the online streaming act has been delayed by a year, according to a new regulatory plan published …
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