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1:40 PM ET, May 24, 2024


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Chattanooga Times Free Press:
Carpenter Media acquires 10 newspapers in Alabama and Georgia and a Georgia printing facility from Community Newspaper Holdings  —  The Carpenter Media Group announced Thursday it has acquired the Dalton Daily Citizen in North Georgia as part of an acquisition of 10 newspapers and a Valdosta …
Wall Street Journal:
Trump says that if he's elected, Russia would release WSJ reporter Evan Gershkovich; the Kremlin denies any contact between Putin and Trump on the matter  —  Kremlin says Russian leader isn't in contact with former U.S. president about journalist  —  Former President Donald Trump …
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
UK passes the Media Bill, repealing the not-yet-enacted Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act, which required publishers to pay all court costs, win or lose  —  The Media Bill has been passed removing the threat of state-backed press regulation and modernising broadcasting regulations for the streaming age.
The Hollywood Reporter:
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Documented, which covers immigration in New York City, experiments with posts on Nextdoor to reach Caribbean immigrants and uses WeChat and WhatsApp for others  —  “We are bringing onto this platform — where people usually talk about their lost cat or that they're looking for an apartment …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Leave the World Behind was the most-watched title on Netflix globally in H2 2023, with 121M views, while One Piece was the most-watched series, with 71.6M views  —  Dystopian thriller “Leave the World Behind” was the most-watched film — and title overall — on Netflix globally in the second half of 2023 …
Janko Roettgers / Lowpass:
Comparisons between streaming bundles and the cable bundle are misplaced: the latter was much more expensive and had channels viewers didn't want and junk fees  —  Like comparing apples to a $125 fruit salad  —  In light of this week's news that Comcast is now offering a bundle of Netflix …
Sony India's head NP Singh plans to step down months after merger with Zee collapsed, citing age and personal reasons; Singh has been with SPNI for 25 years  —  NP Singh, the well-respected head of Sony's entertainment businesses in India, is to step down.  —  The announcement was made on Friday local time.
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Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: Alphabet and Meta have talked to Hollywood studios about licensing content for AI video generation tools; Disney and Netflix aren't willing to license  —  - Studios seek to harness AI's promise without losing control  — Warner weighs licensing content; Disney, Netflix say no
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
Media Matters lays off over a dozen staffers, citing its defense against legal action and the shifting media landscape  —  Media Matters for America, the progressive watchdog journalism organization, underwent a round of layoffs today, as its president cited the shifting media landscape as well as its defense against legal action.
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