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3:55 PM ET, June 21, 2024


 Top News: 
Elahe Izadi / Washington Post:
In an email to staff, Telegraph editor Chris Evans says Rob Winnett has decided to stay at Telegraph and will not join the Washington Post  —  Robert Winnett, hired by Washington Post publisher William Lewis, faced questions about his U.K. work, including stories based on stolen records.
James Ball / Politico:
The allegations facing Will Lewis and Rob Winnett are not remotely in line with either UK or US journalism ethics; blaming British media culture is wrong  —  The allegations of journalistic misconduct facing publisher Will Lewis aren't condoned in the U.K. either.
Karissa Bell / Engadget:
X plans to make the ability to create live streams a premium feature, making it the only major social platform to charge for the feature  —  The company will charge for a feature that's free on every other major platform.  —  X will soon be moving the ability to live stream behind its premium paywall, the company announced.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
A Las Vegas jury convicts five men for operating Jetflicks, which charged $9.99 per month and officials say was one of the largest illegal streamers in the US  —  Five men were convicted by a federal jury in Las Vegas this week for their part in operating Jetflicks, which officials …
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
Internal memo: ABC News Executive Editor Stacia Deshishku is leaving the network and her 35-year career in journalism  —  Deshishku has served as executive editor since 2022, overseeing shows and editorial strategy.  —  ABC News executive editor Stacia Deshishku has decided to leave …
Aisha Malik / TechCrunch:
Spotify debuts a new Basic streaming plan in the US for $10.99/month, which includes all the benefits of Premium without the monthly audiobook listening time  —  Spotify is introducing a new “Basic” streaming plan in the United States, the company announced on Friday.
Alexandra Canal / Yahoo Finance:
An excess of ad supply on streaming video services, after Amazon's Prime Video joined the market in January, means CPM rates have dropped for now  —  Amazon (AMZN) entered the ad-supported streaming space in January by defaulting all of its Prime Video subscriptions to ads.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sources: Disney is lowering ad CPM rates for Disney+ in a bid to win overall commitments during the upfront market; rivals fret about matching Disney's rates
Tim Marchman / Wired:
Perplexity scraped a Wired article about Perplexity scraping Wired, apparently ignoring robots.txt; experts say the case might or might not be infringement  —  Experts aren't unanimous about whether the AI-powered search startup's practices could expose it to legal claims ranging from infringement …
Lydia O'Connor / HuffPost:
Linda Tirado, the journalist blinded in one eye by Minneapolis police while covering a 2020 protest, is receiving palliative care as a result of the injury  —  Linda Tirado lost her eye when Minneapolis police shot her with a foam bullet in 2020.  Now, she's dying from dementia, the National Press Club says.
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Sources: Sony is acquiring Queen's music catalog, excluding live performances, for £1B; Disney retains recorded music rights in the US and Canada  —  The Queen music catalog, along with a number of other rights, is in the process of being acquired by Sony Music for £1 billion …
Nic Newman / Nieman Lab:
Reuters Institute: data from 47 countries shows a rise in use of video-based platforms for news, making the pivot to video look more lasting now than previously  —  Aggregate data from 47 countries shows all the growth in platform news use coming from video or video-led networks.
Discussion: Media Voices and Nieman Lab
Janko Roettgers / Lowpass:
A look at an early development version of a smart TV app for Venu Sports, offering DVR functionality, a multiview feature, a large library, and more  —  Unannounced features include DVR recordings, multi-view video. … Venu Sports, the upcoming sports streaming service jointly run by Fox …
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