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7:40 AM ET, May 24, 2022


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Wall Street Journal:
Conan O'Brien sells his hit podcast “Conan O'Brien Needs a Friend” and his Team Coco media company to SiriusXM, sources say for ~$150M  —  The sale of Team Coco comes as audio companies make deals with podcasters with large followings  —  Conan O'Brien found a friend—and a buyer …
Rebecca Sun / Hollywood Reporter:
How the new, more diverse editorial leadership in broadcast, cable, digital, and print media is changing newsrooms and guiding coverage to be more inclusive  —  Following the racial reckoning amid the 2020 protests, heads of broadcast, cable, digital and print media became more diverse.
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Interview with Substack co-founder Hamish McKenzie on building “a true alternative to the attention economy” by expanding into podcasts and videos, and more  —  The newsletter company is on a mission to disrupt the attention economy away from “cheap outrage and flame wars,” …
Dan Milmo / The Guardian:
YouTube takes down 70K+ videos and 9K+ channels about the war in Ukraine for violating content guidelines, including videos referring to a “liberation mission”  —  Exclusive: Platform takes ‘unprecedented action’ to address content guideline violations since invasion
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson, and Kyle Mooney depart Saturday Night Live after its 47th season finale; McKinnon was in a female-record 211 episodes  —  Saturday Night Live bid farewell to four veteran cast members tonight, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, Pete Davidson and Kyle Mooney.
Caleb Pershan / Columbia Journalism Review:
A profile of Twitter account New York Times Pitchbot, run by a math professor mocking the NYT's lazy constructions, half-baked hot takes, and diner interviews  —  A few weeks ago, the person behind the New York Times Pitchbot—not a bot at all, but a Twitter account whose posts satirize …
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Warner Bros. Discovery may be a compelling company, because of its content and a strategy that sees streaming as an addition to the old model, not a replacement  —  Last week the Wall Street Journal ran a profile of longtime Discovery CEO (now Warner Bros. Discovery CEO) …
Discussion: Deadline
The Media Roundup:
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Jeremy W. Peters / New York Times:
A look at Lara Logan's journey from being a CBS News star to working on far-right fringe causes, like vaccine skepticism, denying the 2020 US election, and more  —  The former chief foreign affairs correspondent is now a popular guest on podcasts hosted by vaccine skeptics and deniers of the 2020 election.
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Meta plans to give outside researchers more info on political ad targeting on Facebook and Instagram and to update Ad Library with more info starting in July  —  Academics and journalists will be able to see more data about the way political ads are used to target users across Facebook and Instagram.
Netflix agrees to settle a tax dispute in Italy for $59M; prosecutors argued cables and servers used by Netflix amounted to a physical presence in the country  —  U.S. streaming service Netflix has agreed to settle a tax dispute with Italy, the company and legal sources said on Friday.
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Greta Van Susteren will join Newsmax in June to lead its 6pm show, saying all networks she has worked for, including CNN and Fox News, have had controversiesNEW!
Discussion: Next TV
Los Angeles Times:
A look at the rapid growth of free streaming channels in recent years, as users get more sophisticated about mixing and matching services that meet their needs
Lara Seligman / Politico:
The US Air Force is reviewing a rule banning foreigners from using electronics on flights and apologizes to Reuters' Idrees Ali for taking his phone on DoD trip
 Earlier Picks: 
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
The 11th Circuit federal court upholds the block on Florida's social media “censorship” law over First Amendment concerns, as SCOTUS weighs Texas' similar law
Felix M. Simon / Taylor & Francis:
Research paper: platform companies like Google, Amazon, and Microsoft will increasingly control news production and the connection to news as outlets adopt AI
Alex Weprin / The Hollywood Reporter:
The compensation and profile of TV news anchors have grown as the demand for content rises, due to news outlets' push into social media, streaming, and podcasts
Manori Ravindran / Variety:
Meta is hosting up to 300 content creators for two days at a villa in Cannes; an Instagram “Reels Squad” of 120 creators is covering The Cannes Film Festival
Discussion: SlashFilm