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European Court Lets Users Erase Records on Web (NYT)
Europe’s highest court said on Tuesday that people had the right to influence what the world could learn about them through online searches, a ruling that rejected long-established notions about the free flow of information on the Internet. Poynter / MediaWire If results display pages that are “inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive in relation to the purposes for which they were processed and in the light of the time that has elapsed,” the search engine operator must remove them, the court ruled, even if the “publication in itself on those pages is lawful.” BBC News The case was brought by a Spanish man who complained that an auction notice of his repossessed home on Google’s search results infringed his privacy. Google says it does not control data, it only offers links to information freely available on the Internet. It has previously said forcing it to remove data amounts to censorship. WSJ Some lawyers argue that the ruling will probably only be applied for searches done and displayed in Europe, and only for European data subjects, for instance, EU citizens or European residents. The court specifically said, however, that companies can’t get out of compliance simply by saying their servers are outside of Europe. The technology industry has rallied around freedom of speech, long a tenet of Western democracy but enshrined specifically in the U.S. Constitution as its First Amendment. Privacy-rights activists and many European officials have supported a competing notion: the “right to be forgotten.” Reuters The ruling creates technical challenges as well as potential extra costs for companies like Google, the world’s No. 1 search engine, and Facebook. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) said the rights of people whose privacy has been infringed outweighed the general public interest. Google said it was disappointed with the ruling, which contradicted a non-binding opinion from the ECJ’s court adviser last year that said deleting sensitive information from search results would interfere with freedom of expression.

ABC Upfront Presentation Pitches Advertisers on Disney, Digital, Data (Deadline New York)
Not much change from last year in the basic business proposition that ABC offered to upfront advertisers Tuesday: Forget that it’s the No. 4 network in prime time for 18-to-49 year olds. Execs touted the “brand halo” (as entertainment chief Paul Lee put it) that Disney and its properties offer ABC. Variety Anne Sweeney, president of Disney/ABC Television Group, delivered her last presentation in her exec role. She showed off enhancements coming to the Watch ABC live streaming service, including the ability for viewers to watch live events such as the Oscars from different camera angles, and an option where viewers can integrate second-screen social media activity onto the TV screen. THR / The Live Feed With Kerry Washington starrer Scandal hitting big, Lee decided to embrace diversity — with a vengeance. He rolled out at least four shows, including Cristela, Fresh Off The Boat, Black-ish and American Crime, with racial humor and/or politics at their cores. The strategy was not subtle, with Lee hammering home his push for a broader, multicultural audience. NYT ABC and ESPN said they will join forces for coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, in realms like the WatchESPN and Watch ABC apps. Univision Communications, which specializes in programming aimed at Hispanics, played up its Spanish-language World Cup coverage during a presentation that took place after ESPN’s and before ABC’s.

FCC Will Vote on Net Neutrality Thursday Despite Protests (THR / Hollywood, Esq.)
Despite protests on all sides and calls to delay consideration, the Federal Communications Commission will almost certainly bring chairman Tom Wheeler’s net neutrality proposals to a vote on Thursday morning. Sources close to the situation say that Wheeler would not bring the controversial proposals forward at the FCC’s meeting if he was not sure he’ll be able to get the three votes needed for passage. Politico According to FCC officials, Wheeler circulated his latest revisions Monday — trying to pick up the two votes he needs to pass the notice. In the most significant change, Wheeler will seek public comment on whether the FCC should reclassify broadband as a communications utility, giving the agency authority to regulate Internet rates and services as it does with telephone companies, according to commission officials. Net neutrality advocates favor that option as more robust, but it’s opposed by telecoms that fear it will give the government too much power over their business. Wheeler’s original plan sparked outrage after details emerged that it would allow Internet service providers, such as AT&T and Verizon, to charge companies like Netflix, Amazon and Google for faster delivery of content. Mashable Meanwhile, the CEOs of America’s biggest telecom providers, including Verizon, AT&T, Comcast and Time Warner Cable, came out against the possibility of being reclassified as a utility and put under stricter regulation by the FCC. In a letter sent to the FCC Tuesday, the CEOs argued that the “light-touch approach” to regulation — that is, the status quo — has enabled the American telecom industry to thrive, and said changing it would be a mistake. Variety More than 240 TV showrunners and creators signed on to a Writers Guild of America West letter urging the commission to avoid regulations that would allow content companies to pay for speedier delivery to users.

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French Journalist Killed in Central African Republic (Reuters)
A French journalist has been killed in Central African Republic, the office of President François Hollande said on Tuesday, the first death of a Western reporter in the country since France sent troops there in December. The Associated Press / The Big Story Camille Lepage, 26, a freelance photographer whose work was published in major French and American newspapers, died in western Central African Republic not far from the border with Cameroon, authorities said. The French presidency, the U.N. Security Council as well as the Committee to Protect Journalists called for an immediate investigation into her death. The Washington Post / WorldViews Her body was found after French peacekeeping troops on patrol stopped a car driven by Christian “anti-balaka” fighters. In her last post on Instagram, Lepage said she was embedding with an anti-balaka outfit and traveling for hours down routes chosen to avoid the checkpoints of African peacekeepers.

Ed O’Keefe Named VP of CNNMoney, Politics (TVNewser)
As CNN prepares to take control of CNNMoney, the network is bringing on Ed O’Keefe to the new position of VP of CNNMoney and Politics for CNN Digital. FishbowlDC O’Keefe is set to start his new role May 19, which comes just before CNN gains full control over CNNMoney as of June 1, when Time Inc. spins off from parent Time Warner. Also announced, Lex Haris has been named executive director of CNNMoney. Most recently he’s served as interim editor of CNNMoney and has been the site’s managing editor since 2007. Re/code O’Keefe was one of several high-profile news executives recruited in 2012 to help run NowThisNews, the startup created by former Huffington Post executives Ken Lerer and Eric Hippeau. He left the company in March.

Shonda Rhimes Inks New Overall Deal With ABC Studios (THR / The Live Feed)
Shonda Rhimes is staying put at ABC Studios. The prolific producer has inked a new four-year overall deal to remain with the studio through May 2018. Variety Rhimes’ deal extension, valued at eight figures, has been a long time in the works, given the amount of business she has in play at ABC and her status as an uber-showrunner. Scandal blossomed into a bona fide hit for ABC this past season, and Grey’s Anatomy remains a Thursday workhorse for the network. Deadline Hollywood Additionally, through her ABC Studios-based company ShondaLand with producing partner Betsy Beers, Rhimes has produced a number of other projects for the studio, including Grey’s Anatomy spinoff Private Practice. The latest, drama How to Get Away With Murder starring Viola Davis, was ABC’s hottest pilot this season, easily landing a series order and a spot on ABC’s fall schedule.

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Vice, Mashable, Digg, Others Form Collective for Breaking News About Ukraine, May Expand Into Other Areas (GigaOM)
A group of six news organizations and digital-media outlets — including Vice, Mashable, Digg, Quartz, Mother Jones and NBC-owned Breaking News — have created a somewhat unusual collective effort aimed at reporting breaking news about Ukraine, an effort they are calling #UkraineDesk. For the moment at least, the venture consists of just a common hashtag that all the different entities have agreed to use, which is then pulled into a similarly-named Twitter account, but some of the players say if it works they may expand into other areas. Capital New York The publications are by no means an exhaustive list of the digital companies reporting out of Ukraine. And using the hashtag to brand the experiment ensures that other digital brands won’t be excluded. Vice News’ head of platform Drake Martinet and Digg CTO Mike Young are co-managing the Twitter account, which after two hours already had close to 900 followers.

Xbox One Drops to $399 in June, Gives Free Access to Netflix, HBO Go, Other Apps (Variety)
Microsoft said Tuesday it will offer a version of its Xbox One video game console for $399 without the Kinect motion control sensor starting June 9 in all markets, and give Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners access to entertainment apps like Netflix and HBO Go whether or not they have an Xbox Live Gold membership — a significant move to promote use of the console as more of an entertainment hub just as Xbox Entertainment Studios is about to launch its first slate of original series like a live action Halo. Re/code Xbox Live Gold is Microsoft’s paid subscription service initially designed to cover online multiplayer gaming that, with the earlier Xbox 360, later broadened to gate access to all online content on the console. That included separately paid-for subscriptions to services like Netflix, meaning using an Xbox as primarily a Netflix box was a financially less sound decision than buying a dedicated media box like a Roku or Apple TV that lacked the console’s gaming options.

Two Lawsuits Filed Against NBC (TVNewser)
NBC News has been slapped with two lawsuits, one by a former freelance producer, the other by a Michigan construction worker who was wrongly identified as being Caught on Camera. Last week, former Dateline producer Kimberly Lengle sued NBC News for allegedly assigning her to dangerous, sexual role-play stories. Keith Todd is suing NBCUniversal for being identified as a criminal during an episode of MSNBC’s Caught on Camera. HuffPost MSNBC apologized for the error with a retraction in February, an MSNBC spokesperson said, but Todd and his lawyer reportedly feel there is more compensation needed than just an apology. Todd could receive more than $25,000 for the lawsuit.

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Krystle Kopacz Named COO of National Journal Group (FishbowlDC)
National Journal Group CEO Tim Hartman announced the promotion of Krystle Kopacz to chief operating officer in an internal memo to staff Tuesday afternoon. Kopacz will work with National Journal Group and Government Executive Media Group leadership to set strategy, develop new products, and integrate digital tools. Kopacz most recently led the brand development and launch of Defense One, which Monday announced the hire of Molly O’Toole. Kopacz joined Atlantic Media in 2010 to lead Government Executive Media Group’s digital business.

Turner Agrees to VOD Deal With Comcast (Deadline New York)
Time Warner’s cable networks operation says that beginning this summer it will offer “complete current and previous seasons” of some of its original shows on a VOD basis to Comcast‘s Xfinity TV and digital platforms. The key to the deal: The cable company will offer dynamic ad insertion, which enables it and Turner to update and target commercial messages to particular viewers — a big selling point for networks in this upfront sales season. Fast forwarding will be disabled for most of the content, so viewers can’t speed through the ads.

40 McClatchy Tribune Information Services Positions to Be Cut (FishbowlDC)
As many as 40 McClatchy Tribune Information Services (MCT) employees will lose their jobs as Tribune Publishing takes over the second largest supplemental photo wire in the U.S. The layoffs will be phased in over the coming weeks with the first group’s last day being May 28, and second group departing July 3. A third and final group’s last day is slated for Aug. 1.

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Hulu Hires Netflix’s Jenny Wall as Marketing Chief (Variety)
Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins has hired Jenny Wall from rival Netflix to be the Internet video company’s head of marketing. Wall, who has been named Hulu’s SVP and head of marketing, has 20-plus years of marketing experience, including seven years at HBO. Most recently, she led Netflix’s global creative team as VP of marketing to develop new brand campaigns and promotional efforts for its original series, including House of Cards, Orange Is The New Black and Arrested Development.

SCOTUSblog Credentialing Appeal Will Play Out in Public Hearing (Roll Call / Hill Blotter)
On May 23, SCOTUSblog will go to Capitol Hill to make its case for the congressional press credentials it says are key to its coverage of Supreme Court nominations and hearings related to the court’s budget. The outcome, however, could extend beyond the case of SCOTUSblog, because it concerns the rules under which all journalists are credentialed to cover Congress and addresses recurring issues the rapidly changing media industry contends with.

CNN’s Adam Aigner-Treworgy to CBS News (FishbowlDC)
CBS News VP and Washington Bureau chief Chris Isham announced to staff via an internal memo Tuesday morning that CNN White House producer Adam Aigner-Treworgy was named White House producer for CBS This Morning and the Washington Bureau. Aigner-Treworgy has been with CNN for the past two and a half years and before that was with NBC News.

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