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The news media has for the most part brushed off accusations from Hillary Clinton supporters that TV networks, in particular, cable news networks, were sexist in their coverage of the Democratic presidential primaries, the New York Times reports. Among prominent members of the news media, CBS anchor Katie Couric is one of the few to acknowledge the existence of sexist campaign coverage. Women are threatening to boycott cable networks. [NYT]

Fans of the canceled CBS series Jericho have banded and bought commercial ad time on cable networks to promote a revival of the show. [TV by the Numbers]

As part of a recently signed pact, Google’s ad delivery software will be linked with Yahoo search results. The deal could “generate an additional $250 million to $450 million in operating cash flow in the first year” for Yahoo, the New York Times says. [NYT]

Practically speaking, the actors’ strike has already begun, according to The Hollywood Reporter. It’s unlikely that producers and the Screen Actors Guild will reach a new deal by the June 30 deadline and, in anticipation of a strike, new productions are not getting greenlit on, the TCA press tour in July is in danger of being canceled. [Hollywood Reporter] [THR]

Late Stories
NBC News exec and DC bureau chief and MSNBC regular Tim Russert passed away suddenly today. He was 58 and collapsed on the job, The Wall Street Journal reported. The NY Times noted that Tom Brokaw announced the death on camera and that NBC anchor Brian Williams, reporting from Afghanistan, broke down on camera while speaking of Mr Russert.  [WSJ] [NYT]

Sad news from New Jersey where former Comcast general counsel Stanley Wang, 67, has been killed in a bicycle accident, The Philadelphia Business Journal reports. [PBJ] Thursday’s Top Stories 

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Early Signs Positive for Emergency Broadband Benefit Uptake

The FCC’s $3.2 billion Emergency Broadband Benefit program kicked off with a bang Wednesday, and some 825 providers sat ready to answer consumer questions and get folks signed up for subsidies. Thus far, all has gone to plan and consumer interest is coming in either consistent with or in excess of providers’ early predictions.

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