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Victoria Lewis / WPTV:
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has barred local media from attending the signing of a voting restriction bill; the event is a “Fox News exclusive”  —  Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed Florida's elections reform bill into law.  DeSantis signed SB90, which includes restrictions on voting …
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: the Athletic is no longer in merger talks with Axios, sees the NYT as the leading merger contender, and had ~$80M in revenue in 2020 with 600 staff  —  Publisher's talks with Axios are no longer active; New York Times Co. seen as leading contender for tie-up
Sara Fischer / Axios:
A record 44% of the NYT's 301K new digital subscribers in Q1 were to non-news products like cooking, games, and audio  —  The New York Times on Wednesday said it added 301,000 new digital-only subscribers last quarter, its slowest quarter for digital subscriber growth in over a year.
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Oversight Board:
Facebook Oversight Board upholds Trump's suspension, but asks Facebook to review the decision within six months to determine a penalty consistent with its rules  —  The Board has upheld Facebook's decision on January 7, 2021, to restrict then-President Donald Trump's access to posting content on his Facebook page and Instagram account.
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The Oversight Board's decision on Trump's Facebook ban failed to send a clear message that a powerful public official can't use Facebook to endanger the public
Politico:
After teasing a new social media platform, Trump debuts a new section on his website that's effectively a blog
Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
ViacomCBS Q1: 36M streaming subscribers, up 6M since Q4; streaming revenue grew 65% YoY to $816M; net earnings up 79% YoY to $899M, affiliate revenue of $2.08B  —  The entertainment giant, led by CEO Bob Bakish, reported higher first-quarter advertising revenue as its latest financials exceeded Wall Street expectations.
Makena Kelly / The Verge:10 minutes ago
NY AG's office says fake comments, including 8.5M funded by largest US ISPs, accounted for ~18M of the 22M+ net neutrality comments received by the FCC in 2017  —  The New York attorney general's office released a new report detailing the effort  —  The New York attorney general's office issued …
Protocol:
Netflix is surveying users about their interest in features such as podcasts and user-generated playlists of shows and music, for a project called N-Plus  —  In a survey, Netflix is asking users how they would feel about a “future online space” called N-Plus.  —  Custom TV show playlists?
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Christopher Palmeri / Bloomberg:
Fox Corporation beats analyst estimates with Q3 revenue of $3.22B, down about 6.5% YoY; ad sales for the unit including Fox News fell almost 7% to $283M
Jessica M. Goldstein / Washingtonian:
Profile of White House Press Sec Jen Psaki, whose measured, warm approach is winning over a press corps used to Trump-era anarchy and Obama-era fratty cruelty  —  Half of America is smitten with Jen Psaki, while a swath of the White House press corps sounds quite taken with how polite she is.
 
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Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
SEC filing: The NewsGuild argues against a Tribune sale to Alden, saying the price is too low, Alden's finances raise concerns, and Alden acted in bad faith
Neal Rothschild / Axios:
NewsWhip: daily social media interactions on stories about Trump fell from ~49M in early Jan. to ~2M by March, largely due to no Trump tweets for media to cover
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Katharine Viner / The Guardian:
On the Guardian's 200th anniversary, its EIC lays out her vision for the newspaper in its third century and what role media can play in a post-pandemic world