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7:15 PM ET, May 20, 2022

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Dwight Garner / New York Times:
Roger Angell, a writer and editor at The New Yorker widely considered among the best baseball writers ever, died Friday at home in Manhattan at 101  —  In elegantly winding articles for The New Yorker loaded with inventive imagery, he wrote more like a fan than a sports journalist.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Source: Pete Davidson, Kate McKinnon, Aidy Bryant, and Kyle Mooney are expected to leave Saturday Night Live following this weekend's season finale  —  Chad is leaving Studio 8H.  —  Pete Davidson, who joined “Saturday Night Live” as a relative unknown and has become a superstar whose …
Simon Fraser / BBC:
The Taliban order female Afghan TV presenters and other women on screen to cover their faces while on air starting May 21  —  The Taliban have ordered female Afghan TV presenters and other women on screen to cover their faces while on air.  —  Media outlets were told of the decree on Wednesday …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Nielsen: streaming had a record 30.4% share of US TV viewing in April, with Netflix accounting for 6.6%, YouTube 6.1%, Disney+ 1.7%, and HBO Max 1%  —  HBO Max previously was included in Nielsen's “other streaming” category.  The measurement firm broke it out now that HBO Max hit the 1% share threshold.
Dylan Byers / Puck:
Sources: Comcast CEO Brian Roberts approached Electronic Arts CEO Andrew Wilson earlier this year with a plan to merge NBCUniversal with EA; the plan fell apart  —  For months, the media elite have been wondering what the Comcast impresario might buy to scale up in the content wars.
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
After ~30 buyouts, BuzzFeed News will have 70-80 staffers, down from a peak of ~250; the investigations team published five big projects in its last five weeks  —  The site's prized investigations unit is disbanding and dropping its last bombshells—"a triumphal exit," says the team's editor …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Memo: Meredith Artley, editor-in-chief of CNN Digital Worldwide, is leaving the company, where she has worked for more than twelve years  —  Meredith Artley, the longtime SVP and editor-in-chief of CNN Digital Worldwide, is out at the network, according to a memo obtained by Axios.
Keach Hagey / Wall Street Journal:
A new bipartisan Senate bill would prohibit companies with $20B+ in annual digital ad transactions from participating in more than one part of the ad ecosystem  —  The bill, which has some Democratic support, takes aim at conflicts of interest in advertising technology
The Media Roundup:
The social platforms are cracking.  What now for publishers?  —  Today we're exploring the fragility of building on the internet, the benefits of registration walls for publishers, how corporate takeovers are changing podcasting, and the resilience of the Mark Allen Group.
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Carrie Blazina / Pew Research Center:
Study: student journalists make up 11% of US state capitol reporters; in Nebraska 58% of state reporters are students, in Louisiana 26%, and in Virginia 25%  —  Student journalists account for around one-in-ten state capitol reporters in the United States (11%), according to a recent Pew Research Center study.
Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
The CW pares down its fall TV shows as parent companies Warner Bros. Discovery and Paramount Global look to sell the network; Nexstar is the lead bidder  —  The network sets a lineup a week after cutting more series than it has in a decade.  —  A pair of prequels and a handful of acquisitions …
Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Collectively, ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC and The CW averaged 77.4 pilot orders a year over the past decade, but in the 2022 season, the five had only 35 pickups  —  With media giants emphasizing streaming and overall series orders plummeting, networks are no longer the stars of the annual event.
 
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Leigh Giangreco / Current:
Stel Kline, a transgender former Morning Edition host for South Dakota Public Broadcasting, files a wrongful termination appeal against the state network
David Gilbert / VICE:
Organizers of CPAC Hungary, a right-wing event featuring speakers including Tucker Carlson, denied on-site access to the AP, Vice, Rolling Stone, and others
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Masha Gessen / New Yorker:
Sources: Russian state TV depends on weekly meetings with Kremlin officials, where editors of broadcasters and publishers coordinate topics and talking points
Jeremy Barr / Washington Post:
NBC News correspondent Pete Williams is retiring at the end of July 2022 after 29 years covering the Justice Department and the Supreme Court at the network
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube rolls out new player features to all users, including a graph to easily locate a video's “Most replayed” parts, video chapter support, and video loops
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