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7:00 PM ET, June 11, 2024


 Top News: 
Jessica Toonkel / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: National Amusements ends talks with Skydance; Shari Redstone will likely seek a sale of just National Amusements, without including Paramount directly  —  Shari Redstone's NAI decided to stop discussions with Skydance, according to people familiar with the matter.
Laura Wagner / Washington Post:
Washington Post:
Sources: Jeff Bezos has been closely engaged with Will Lewis, as the WaPo's new publisher developed the plan to create a “third newsroom” for new audiences  —  Critics raise concerns about the values of a new team of executives.  Meanwhile, the business woes are real.  What does Jeff Bezos want?
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Journalists rejoice after Apple says iOS 18 will support call recording and transcription, and participants will be notified that they're being recorded  —  “There are decades where nothing happens, and there are weeks when decades happen.”  —  The word you're looking for is “sherlocked.”
Source: Spotify plans to launch a higher-priced premium plan later in 2024, charging $5+ more per month for better audio, playlist and library tools, and more  —  The plan will cost at least $5 more per month and include access to high-fidelity audio and new playlisting tools.
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
News reader Particle, which uses AI to summarize stories, raised a $10.9M Series A led by Lightspeed and announces Reuters as a news source for its service  —  Traffic is down, newsrooms are undergoing layoffs, and publishers fear that AI technologies will only make matters worse.
Alberto Nardelli / Bloomberg:
Docs and sources detail how Russian operative Artem Kureyev helped run influence operations in Europe for years, including contacting journalists about Ukraine  —  - Agent had frequent contacts with journalists about Ukraine  — US and EU are stepping up efforts to combat disinformation
Kathryn Lundstrom / Adweek:
The New York Times and Instacart announce a two-year partnership to let users order ingredients for New York Times Cooking recipes with Instacart  —  It's part of a growing trend of retail media-publisher partnerships  —  Shoppers can now order ingredients for New York Times Cooking recipes thanks …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
David Nevins has stepped down as CEO of North Road Co., the media venture Peter Chernin launched in 2022 and which has been acquiring production companies  —  Nevins formally joined North Road Co. company last July.  The company's initial focus has been on acquiring distinctive production banners …
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
AFP names Mehdi Lebouachera as its next global EIC, replacing Sophie Huet, who will take on a new role leading AFP's AI strategy, starting November 2024
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Kiana Cox / Pew Research Center:
Survey: 88% of Black Americans say they sometimes come across news about Black people they think is inaccurate; 72% say the inaccuracies were created on purpose
Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Sources: Cineworld is exploring a sale or restructuring of its UK business, which includes ~100 theaters; the Regal parent exited bankruptcy in August 2023
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
The Sun, The Telegraph, The Times, and other UK publishers raise concerns after press regulator IPSO ruled against open court reporting by the Aberdeen Live
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: ex-Warner Music head Edgar Bronfman Jr. looks to offer $2B to $2.5B for National Amusements, which is already in advanced talks to sell to Skydance