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1:00 PM ET, May 11, 2018


 Top News: 
Rosalind S. Helderman / Washington Post:
Internal AT&T documents show it made a $600K deal with Cohen days after inauguration, specifying he would advise on Time Warner merger and on matters before FCC  —  Three days after President Trump was sworn into office, the telecom giant AT&T turned to his personal attorney Michael Cohen …
Stella Bugbee / The Cut:
Anna Wintour's effort to rehabilitate the reputation of Harvey Weinstein's estranged wife, designer Georgina Chapman, is a way to seek forgiveness for herself  —  Anna Wintour is our Fashion Pope, the infallible ruler of Vogue, fashion's Vatican.  Both because of her reputation …
David Skok:
Interview with Google News VP Richard Gingras on data privacy, Google's internal culture and politics, criticism ahead of the GDPR, and rethinking journalism  —  The head of Google News discusses the news ecosystem, responds to GDPR criticism, and answers the question: Is Google really a child of the open web?
Financial Times:
News Corp CEO Robert Thomson calls for governments to create an “algorithm review board” to keep tech companies in check  —  The head of News Corp has called for governments to create an “algorithm review board” to keep tech companies in check, the latest in a long line of attacks …
Discussion: Deadline and Sydney Morning Herald
News Corp beats estimates with Q3 revenue of $2.09B, up 5.8% YoY, records net loss of $1.13B mainly due to write-downs for Telstra/Foxtel deal in Australia  —  (Reuters) - News Corp (NWSA.O), controlled by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, topped analysts' estimates for quarterly revenue on Thursday …
Carol Morello / Washington Post:
One of two reporters on Mike Pompeo's mission to North Korea gives a behind-the-scenes account of the trip to bring three prisoners home  —  The State Department normally craves elaborate planning and procedures for everything.  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's 13-hour visit to North Korea had little of that.
Louis Lucero II / New York Times:
Novelist Junot Díaz steps down as Pulitzer Prize board chairman while the board conducts a review of sexual misconduct allegations against him  —  The Pulitzer Prize board has opened an independent review of sexual misconduct allegations against the award-winning novelist Junot Díaz …
Discussion: Slate, PEN America, BBC, HuffPost and CNN
Ian Burrell / The Drum:
The BBC is hoping to use its strength in music coverage to sell more sponsorships via its branded content arm, StoryWorks, to support its global operations  —  The BBC plans to use its reputation for championing music artists, such as Ed Sheeran, Adele and Jay-Z, to strike commercial deals around …
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Sources: NewTV, Jeffrey Katzenberg's effort to fund high-end TV series with short episodes, raises $800M, including from 21st Century Fox and Warner Bros.  —  - Hollywood mogul looks to make shows with short running times  — Executive helped lead Walt Disney's comeback during the 1980s
Discussion: Hollywood Reporter
Greg Dool / Folio:
Meredith nearly doubles National Media revenues with Time Inc. acquisition but thins profit margins, reporting revenue of $479.3M and operating profit of $9M  —  Meredith Corp.'s ongoing integration of Time Inc. has nearly doubled revenues for its national media business …
Dan Rys / Billboard:
Spotify removes R. Kelly and rapper XXXTentacion from the service's playlists, including-algorithmically generated ones, as part of new “hateful conduct” policy  —  YOUTUBE  —  Beginning today (May 10), Spotify users will no longer be able to find R. Kelly's music …
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Matt Yoder / Awful Announcing:
A look at the declining relevance of ESPN's public editor job, which it has ended, saying it “outlived its usefulness” and citing similar moves by NYT and WaPo
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Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Sources: Facebook Watch is proposing annual budgets from $5M to $10M for daily news programming and $1M to $2M for weekly shows, based on per-episode costs
Discussion: Tubefilter