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9:20 AM ET, April 16, 2024


 Top News: 
David Folkenflik / NPR:
NPR suspended Uri Berliner for five days without pay, starting on April 12, after he wrote an essay accusing NPR of losing the public's trust  —  NPR has formally punished Uri Berliner, the senior editor who publicly argued a week ago that the network had “lost America's trust” …
Discussion: CNN, Fox News and New York Times
Benjamin Mullin / New York Times:
Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles take minority stakes in The Daily Beast; Sherwood will be CEO and publisher, and Coles will be chief creative and content officer  —  The former Disney executive Ben Sherwood and Joanna Coles, the former Hearst content chief, are being given a minority stake in the digital tabloid.
Lucy Craymer / Reuters:
New Zealand's Stuff Group signs a deal with WBD to provide WBD's New Zealand TV channel with a 6PM daily news program; WBD plans to close Newshub on July 5  —  New Zealand media site Stuff Group said on Tuesday it had signed an agreement with Warner Bros Discovery (WBD.O) …
Richard Stengel / The Atlantic:
Publications should suspend paywalls for all 2024 US election coverage, as they get in the way of the public being informed, the foundation of democracy  —  The case for making journalism free—at least during the 2024 election  —  How many times has it happened?
Abner Li / 9to5Google:
YouTube begins “strengthening our enforcement on third-party apps that violate” its ToS and “specifically ad-blocking apps”, leading to app error messages  —  Following the ad blocker crackdown, YouTube is explicitly going after third-party — often mobile — apps that let viewers skip advertising.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Mozilla and CheckFirst: Apple, Google, Meta, and others' ad transparency efforts are a work in progress, months after the EU's DSA mandated a searchable library  —  Efforts by tech giants to be more transparent about the ads they run are — at very best — still a work in progress …
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
PressPad, which arranged housing for interns in London by asking established journalists to offer up their spare rooms, starting in 2018, is shutting down  —  “While there is even more need for this intervention than when we began the project, the initiative needs more resources than the current team can provide.”
Discussion: @presspaduk
Byron Kaye / Reuters:
Two studies find Facebook blocking news in Canada could undermine political discourse by increasing user engagement with opinion and non-verified content  —  Since Meta blocked links to news in Canada last August to avoid paying fees to media companies, right-wing meme producer Jeff Ballingall …
Ben Smith / Semafor:
Q&A with Jina Moore on resigning as volunteer EIC of Guernica after staff revolted over an essay by Israeli writer Joanna Chen, Guernica's politics, and more  —  Q&A  —  Ben: What is Guernica for?  Why did you become involved in it?  —  Jina: It caught me as a reader because it was different from other magazines.
Discussion: @davidfolkenflik
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Laurence Peter / BBC:
Russia's Ministry of Justice labels BBC Russian correspondent Ilya Barabanov and science reporter Asya Kazantseva as “foreign agents”; both now live abroad
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Major South African outlet The Daily Maverick takes down its site for a day to alert readers to ad revenue, grant funding, and philanthropic support “drying up”
Winston Cho / Hollywood Reporter:
Rust movie armorer Hannah Gutierrez is sentenced to 18 months in prison in the 2021 accidental shooting death of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins
New York Times:
Sources: Instagram is in the early stages of testing “Creator AI” chatbots for top influencers, which would automate DM responses to fans in a creator's “voice”
Ariel Zilber / New York Post:
CNN axes King Charles, its weekly one-hour primetime show launched in fall 2023 by Chris Licht with hosts Gayle King and Charles Barkley, due to low ratings
Sahil Patel / The Information:
Sources: Disney plans old-style TV channels within Disney+, with a continuous, scheduled stream of shows that are focused on certain genres like Star Wars
 Earlier Picks: 
Charlotte Klein / Vanity Fair:
A look at the negotiations to provide media access to Trump's trial; the state court system hired ex-journalist Al Baker to prepare for the historic trial
Nicole Sperling / New York Times:
As Netflix's new film chief Dan Lin takes charge, the company aims to shift its film strategy to focus on audience appeal and cost efficiency
Josef Adalian / Vulture:
Q&A with Craig Erwich, president of Disney Television Group, on determining what shows air where, from Hulu to ABC, the continued importance of ABC, and more
Discussion: Screen Rant
Max Tani / Semafor:
The Intercept is losing ~$300K/month and could run out of cash by May 2025, according to data from March; its CEO says the projection was a worst case scenario
Mike Shields / Next in Media:
Streaming TV companies' reluctance to share their data with third-party audience measurement firms is making it difficult for brands to buy ads across platforms