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BBC News Division to Cut 500 Jobs (Forbes)
BBC News is preparing to announce 500 more job losses, as part of its ongoing cost-cutting program, and that industrial action could well follow. The Guardian Up to 600 job losses are expected to be confirmed in BBC News, with around 80 posts going in BBC Radio, with full details of the cuts expected to be announced next month. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media The cuts, which will be phased in over a two-year period, will reduce BBC’s staff of 8,000 by roughly 6 percent. The Telegraph It currently employs around 5,400 journalists, all of whom are expected to be assessed under an appraisal system throughout this year. James Harding, director of news and current affairs, has already warned staff the BBC is only half way through its cost-cutting drive, with 14 percent of its budget having to be reduced by 2017. HuffPost In February 2013, BBC journalists went on strike to protest job cuts, which, at the time, were rumored to be around 2,000 lost positions in years ahead. Just last month, the BBC offered a 1 percent pay increase to employees earning less than £50,000 — or around $68,000. The small pay raise was blasted by trade unions, calling it “completely unacceptable” and blaming the company’s poor leadership for the cost cuts. BBC employees have reacted similarly to the stirring rumors of the layoffs ahead.

Hillary Clinton Adds Additional Hard Choices Interviews, Town Hall (FishbowlDC)
Late Tuesday afternoon, ABC News issued a press release announcing former secretary of state Hillary Clinton‘s first one-on-one TV interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer on her forthcoming book, Hard Choices. The interview will air as a special on June 9 at 9 p.m. The following morning, Robin Roberts will be the first to interview Clinton live on television, for Good Morning America. Capital New York Additionally, a spokesperson for CBS News said Tuesday that correspondent Jane Pauley will interview Clinton for a piece to air on CBS Sunday Morning on June 15. News of the bookings comes the same day that NBC News announced that Cynthia McFadden would interview Clinton for a June 10 piece, and that CNN would hold a town hall meeting with Clinton, moderated by Christiane Amanpour, on June 17. TVNewser The CNN event, to take place June 17 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. will be the only network televised town hall as Clinton pushes her new memoir. In addition to Amanpour’s questions, Clinton will take questions from the American public with nothing off limits. Deadline Hollywood It is the same day Clinton’s scheduled to undergo a joint interview with Fox News Channel’s Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren, spanning the two anchors’ respective programs, starting on Special Report at about 6:45 p.m. ET and wrapping with On The Record at about 7:15 p.m.

Did John Oliver’s Netflix Defense, Anti-Net Neutrality Rant Crash FCC Servers? (LostRemote)
HBO funnyman John Oliver’s 13-minute net neutrality rant from this past Sunday’s Last Week Tonight might have gotten more than laughs out of viewers. Mashable The FCC’s online commenting system went down on Monday for “a few hours” due to “unusually heavy traffic,” the FCC’s press secretary Kim Hart confirmed. The system received 22,257 comments by Tuesday afternoon, almost as many as the FCC had previously received — before the weekend, the total was around 25,000, Hart said. Deadline Hollywood An FCC rep told reporters Tuesday it’s not clear if Monday’s disruption to its comments system was caused by Oliver’s call to action. On his Sunday show, Oliver said cable companies are trying to create an unequal playing field for Internet speeds, but they’re doing it so boringly that most news outlets aren’t covering it, calling on viewers to lodge protest with the FCC. Variety FCC chairman Tom Wheeler is proposing rules of the road for the Internet that have generated protest and criticism. Public interest groups argue that they are not strong enough to prevent Internet providers from offering paid prioritization to deliver content. The rules have not been approved, and instead the agency has set aside a period of time to take public comment.

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Businessweek Expands Politics Team (FishbowlNY)
Bloomberg Businessweek has added two to its politics and policy team: Allison Hoffman and Josh Eidelson. FishbowlDC Hoffman will serve as an associate editor, editing and writing stories for the magazine’s Politics & Policy section and for Eidelson will be a reporter, writing for the magazine and website. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Hoffman comes to Businessweek from Tablet, while Eidelson comes from Salon. The Businessweek political team is, for now, distinct from the forthcoming Bloomberg Politics channel headed by Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, as well as from the Bloomberg News Washington bureau.

Monica Lewinsky to Give TV Interview for National Geographic Special (Capital New York)
In what looks to be her first television interview since writing her account of life after the Bill Clinton sex scandal in the pages of the June issue of Vanity Fair, Monica Lewinsky will speak to producers working for the National Geographic Channel. HuffPost Lewinsky is sitting down for the National Geographic special The 90s: The Last Great Decade? She will be one of 120 people featured in the three-part miniseries, which debuts July 6. She has not done an interview on American television since 2003. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Along with celebrities, politicians like Colin Powell, Tony Blair, Newt Gingrich and Rudy Giuliani will also participate in the series. Pundits and journalists like the New York Times’ Thomas Friedman and Vanity Fair’s Graydon Carter will add commentary and context.

CNN to Double Digital Politics Staff for 2016 (The Washington Post / Erik Wemple)
Ed O’Keefe was recently hired by CNN to boost the network’s digital coverage of politics, a task he’s not going to undertake alone. “If you’re a top talent in D.C., expect to get a call from CNN politics,” says the 36-year-old O’Keefe, whose title is vice president of CNNMoney and Politics. FishbowlDC As the nation gears up for the 2016 presidential election, CNN is preparing to lead in politics coverage. While CNN’s politics reporters currently total around 20, in the short term, that number is expected to double.

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People Magazine Sheds About A Dozen, All You Group Publisher Exits (Ad Age)
People magazine lost roughly a dozen staff members to layoffs and buyouts last week, according to people familiar with the matter. The departures come just before Time Inc., owner of People, starts to trade independently of Time Warner on Monday, June 9. FishbowlNY In addition, All You’s founding publisher, Diane Oshin, is departing the company.

Sharyl Attkisson Has A New Job in Journalism (Mediaite)
Former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson is back to work, this time as a senior independent contributor for The Daily Signal, a brand-new site run by the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media Attkisson resigned from CBS News earlier this year citing frustrations with corporate influence and political bias.

Turkey Unblocks YouTube After 2 Months (Mashable)
Turkey has finally restored access to YouTube, 67 days after the government blocked the video-sharing website. Turkey’s telecommunications authority lifted the ban on Tuesday, removing YouTube from the “blocked sites” listed on its website. The move came four days after the country’s Constitutional Court ruled that the ban violated Turks’ free speech rights and ordered the ban be lifted. WSJ Turkey’s government had drawn broad criticism from traditional allies, including the U.S. and the European Union, after banning Twitter on March 20 and expanding a social-media crackdown by blocking YouTube the following week.

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AT&T Expects DirecTV Deal to Cut TV Programming Costs by at Least 20 Percent (Variety)
AT&T shed more light on the cost synergies — and new revenue opportunities — that it expects to realize through its takeover of DirecTV, including shaving down programming costs by 20 percent or more. The telco has said it expects to save $1.6 billion per year within three years after the closing of the DirecTV deal, with at least 40 percent of that realized by year two. Those estimates are “conservative,” the telco said in a filing Tuesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

WSJ. Magazine Launching Latin American Editions (WWD / Memo Pad)
WSJ. Magazine, which is included in The Wall Street Journal 12 times a year, will launch a Latin American edition this fall. Translated in both Portuguese and Spanish, the magazine will be distributed four times a year, starting Oct. 10. Other issues will appear in December, April and July/August.

Phone Hacking Trial: Judge to Start Summing Up Case (THR)
The judge in the phone hacking trial in London is scheduled to start summing up the case on Wednesday before the jury begins deliberating. In a final closing speech, the lawyer for former News International security chief Mark Hanna on Tuesday afternoon described his client as “middle management” and a “hired hand” who was further down the corporate ladder. Hanna’s lawyer suggested that there was no evidence that this had happened and pointed to a timeline of events in arguing that Hanna wasn’t part of a conspiracy.

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Facebook Acquires Pryte to Boost (AllFacebook)
Facebook’s latest acquisition is aimed at furthering the global-connectivity goal of its initiative, as Finland-based Pryte — which is focused on allowing mobile users in less-developed parts of the world to use applications — announced that its team would be joining the social network. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, and neither Facebook nor Pryte revealed how many members of the Pryte team would be making the move to Facebook.

John Muller, Diana Perez Leaving ABC News (TVNewser)
John Muller is leaving ABC News to re-join his former station, WPIX in New York City. In his three years with ABC, Muller has been the anchor of World News Now and America This Morning and a correspondent across all the network’s platforms. World News Now will also need to replace Diana Perez, who announced on the show last week that she is leaving ABC News to devote more time to her family.

USA Today Adds Digital Etiquette Columnist (FishbowlNY)
Steven Petrow officially introduced himself to USA Today readers Monday. His column “Your Digital Life” will appear online Mondays and Fridays, with one or the other of these also being reprinted in the paper’s USA Weekend section.

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