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7:45 AM ET, June 7, 2023


 Top News: 
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
WBD CEO David Zaslav has a history of tearing down and renovating what he considers to be underperforming cable assets, but this strategy might not work for CNN  —  Analysis: Warner Bros. Discovery's news giant is no fixer-upper, and probably shouldn't be treated as such
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: executives are discussing how to add some CNN content to Warner Bros. Discovery's streaming service Max, without violating cable distribution contracts  —  - The latest saga calls into question how prepared the network will be to cover the 2024 elections — typically …
Lesley Goldberg / The Hollywood Reporter:
The CW says the LIV Golf and PGA Tour merger won't change the LIV Golf event schedule for 2023 on The CW, which includes coverage of seven more tournaments  —  The for-profit upstart golf league will continue to air as scheduled on the Nexstar-backed network. … “This is an exciting day to unify and grow the game of golf.
Dominick Mastrangelo / The Hill:
Tucker Carlson posts the first episode of his new show, Tucker on Twitter; the episode was just over 10 minutes long and appeared to be from his home in Maine  —  Former Fox News host Tucker Carlson released the first episode of his new show on Twitter Tuesday evening.
[Thread] Members of The New York Times' NewsGuild vote more than 99% in favor of ratifying a five-year contract specifying raises, fertility coverage, and more  —  After nearly 800 days without a contract, ~1,000 @NYTimesGuild members voted more than 99 percent in favor to ratify a new 5-year deal that includes an immediate $65,000 salary floor, raises for every member, hybrid work options, a ban on NDAs and new investments in local news. [image]
Michael Schulman / New Yorker:
A look at the Marvel Cinematic Universe yanking Hollywood into a franchise-drunk era, in which IP, over star power or directorial vision, drives what gets made  —  Robert Redford, Gwyneth Paltrow, Paul Rudd, and Angela Bassett now disappear into movies whose plots can come down to “Keep glowy thing away from bad guy.”
Nilay Patel / The Verge:
Q&A with SiriusXM CEO Jennifer Witz on operating a satellite business, hardware dependency, online content delivery, podcasts, company structure, and more  —  SiriusXM scooped up Stitcher, Pandora, and Team Coco in recent years, but satellite radio in cars still drives the business.
Discussion: @siriusxmlife
Sarah E. Needleman / Wall Street Journal:
Email: Reddit lays off ~90 employees, or ~5% of its workforce, and slows hiring, as the company restructures key parts of its business to break even in 2024  —  Moves aim to help social-media company break even next year  —  Social-media company Reddit is laying off roughly 90 employees …
Dan Rys / Billboard:
An interview with Lior Tibon, the co-founder of Duetti, a music financing startup that buys rising or independent artists' back catalogs and has raised $32M  —  “We're not some financial firm that sits back and is waiting for the income to come in, we're very active in management,” says co-founder Lior Tibon.
David Enrich / New York Times:
In a libel lawsuit against New Hampshire Public Radio for an alleged sexual misconduct report, a judge rules NHPR must share a reporter's notes and transcripts  —  After publishing an exposé, journalists in New Hampshire faced broken windows, vulgar graffiti and a legal brawl, with important First Amendment implications.
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Mark Caro / Local News Initiative:
Poll of 1K+ Americans: ~30% say local news doesn't hold public officials accountable, a primary mission of local journalism; TV is the main source of local news
Chris Gelardi / New York Focus:
The agency that runs New York's prisons bans incarcerated writers, journalists, and artists from publishing without permission, and from getting compensation
 Earlier Picks: 
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Analysis: the media covered Succession six times more than four other top-rated shows in the past 30 days; the coverage saw the second lowest average readership
Julie Weed / New York Times:
A look at retirement-age TikTok influencers who are finding success as brand representatives as the platform gains traction with older users
Rachel Aroesti / The Guardian:
How podcasts remade pop culture in unexpected ways, fostered parasocial relationships, and unearthed thrilling stories in their first two decades of existence
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Hundreds of Gannett journalists walked off the job on June 5 to protest the decimation of local newsrooms, in the biggest labor action in the company's history