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Travis Kelce Wanted His “Face Out From Under the Helmet.” With Taylor Swift, He’s Done It

When I caught up with the Super Bowl champ last spring, fresh off his stint hosting SNL, I saw a football star approaching next-level celebrity status. Who knew he’d rocket into the stratosphere.

What Adam Nagourney Learned Mining the Times

The veteran reporter reflects on researching his own newsroom’s sagas and scandals, finding Abe Rosenthal’s diary, and how The New York Times has survived and thrived in the digital age.
Media Dynasty

Rupert Murdoch’s Retirement Has Fox Insiders Stunned: “I Never Thought He’d Do It”

The 92-year-old’s abrupt announcement is fueling speculation about his health—which Murdoch says is “robust”—a yet-unknown scandal, or whether another 2020-election lawsuit could’ve have triggered the move. “This takes him out of the line of fire,” says one media executive.

In the AI Age, The New York Times Wants Reporters to Tell Readers Who They Are

The paper is rolling out enhanced bios as “part of our larger mission to be more transparent,” says the Times’ Edmund Lee, and “as generative AI begins to creep into the media landscape."

Rupert Murdoch Steps Down From Fox

The 92-year-old media mogul will take on an emeritus role as Lachlan Murdoch becomes sole chairman of Fox Corp. and News Corp.

Murdoch Chronicler Michael Wolff Foresees the Fall of Fox News: “It Will Cease to Exist in Its Present Form”

In a wide-ranging interview on the eve of publication of his new book, the author talks about his methods, predictions, and the criticism that his reporting is not to be trusted. (Plus, Tucker Carlson and Roger Ailes.) “At a certain level of power, it’s a leaky sieve,” he says, “and I’m there to catch the water.”

Binance Founder CZ Says SBF’s Decision to “Bad-Mouth” Him to US Authorities Was “Not Smart”

In a new podcast, Changpeng Zhao tells the coauthor of Billion Dollar Whale about his tumultuous relationship with rival cryptofinance founder Sam Bankman-Fried—and his key contribution to the fall of FTX.
In Conversation

Walter Isaacson, Elon Musk’s Boswell, Tells the “Tale of an Impulsive, Dark, but Also Risk-Taking Dude”

In a wide-ranging interview with Vanity Fair, the storied biographer unpacks the varied “personalities and demons dancing around” in Musk’s head. Plus: Isaacson’s thoughts on the new CNN boss, Twitter’s turbulence, and the resilience of democracy heading into 2024.

Greg Olsen Isn’t Satisfied Warming Tom Brady’s Seat: “Make It Hard as Hell for Them to Replace You”

Fox’s lead NFL analyst knows the legendary quarterback (and rookie broadcaster) is coming for his job next year, but he’s prepared to make the most of the upcoming season. “We’re all competitive,” Olsen says.
Cable News

Will Mark Thompson Be CNN’s Magic Bullet?: “If He Can’t Make This Work, Then No One Can”

CNN employees, craving stability after the turbulent Chris Licht era, are encouraged by their incoming CEO’s leadership of The New York Times and the BBC. (“He should have been the choice in the first place,” says one.) But daunting challenges await.

Gregg Berhalter Is Back. Can He End the Drama and Take the US Men’s Soccer Team Forward?

In an exclusive interview with Vanity Fair, the returning US Soccer coach opens up about his difficult break from the team, patching things up with young star Gio Reyna, and, as the World Cup comes to the States in 2026, advancing to a round “that no US team has ever gone to.”

MSNBC Is Having Its Super Bowl With Donald Trump’s Indictments

The network’s mix of weighty reflection, analysis, and schadenfreude is drawing in major ratings, surpassing Fox News and CNN as the go-to network for coverage of Trump’s criminal charges.
Media Moves

More Executive Churn at the Daily Mail as Lord Rothermere Eyes a Telegraph Bid

Global chief brand officer Sean Walsh is exiting the UK tabloid juggernaut, the latest in a game of high-level musical chairs.

How Musk, Thiel, Zuckerberg, and Andreessen—Four Billionaire Techno-Oligarchs—Are Creating an Alternate, Autocratic Reality

In an excerpt from his new book, The End of Reality, the author warns about the curses of AI and transhumanism, presenting the moral case against superintelligence.

The New York Times Has Had a Summer of AI Anxiety: “They’re Freaking Out”

Management sent a notice to staff to not put any proprietary information into AI tools as the newsroom dedicates about 60 employees to AI working groups.

CNN Majorly Shakes Up Its Lineup With First Overhaul Since Chris Licht's Departure

The network has announced new primetime shows for Abby Phillip and Laura Coates ahead of the 2024 election, in the biggest move from the interim leadership team yet.?

Dave Portnoy Bought Barstool Back. Can Erika Ayers Badan Keep His Pirate Ship on Course?

As Penn pivots from Portnoy’s brand of bro-ish excess to family-friendly ESPN, Barstool is free to be itself.

Sam Bankman-Fried Might Soon Be Officially Barred From Talking to the Press

The FTX founder’s gag order, which will be hashed out in court on Friday, has ignited First Amendment concerns from The New York Times and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press. “Parties to criminal prosecutions,” RCFP’s legal director argues, “have valid, interesting, and newsworthy things to say.”

Hollywood Media Is Abuzz With a Star Columnist’s Request for Priority Access

As the entertainment media industry gets turned upside down amid the dual writers and actors strikes, a Hollywood Reporter writer’s request for seemingly preferential treatment becomes the email heard around Hollywood.
Book Publishing

Simon & Schuster’s Private-Equity Marriage Looks Good on Paper, but Will the Honeymoon Last?

CEO Jonathan Karp is touting the “commitment to growth” promised by storied investment firm KKR, which has inked a $1.6 billion deal to buy S&S from Paramount Global. But cost cutting fears are always just a bean count away: “How much leaner can they get? We’re about to find out.”
Sports Media

Like It or Not, the Aaron Rodgers Era Gets the Hard Knocks Treatment

The Jets are reluctantly starring this week in the latest installment of the NFL Films-HBO franchise, which will put the team’s preseason hopes under the microscope. “We don’t try to spin things to make people look worse,” says one producer, or “make people look better.”