WNYC Employees Demanded Diversity. They Got Another White Boss.

Three years ago, when the American workplace at long last began to clean house, sweeping away the vestiges of “Mad Men” habits, WNYC, the most popular public-radio station in the country, pushed three of its leading on-air personalities into the dust heap where so many bad men were piling up. A long period of turmoil […]

Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Hamilton' and Disney +: A Timeline

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s relationship with Disney started inauspiciously. He wrote a song on spec for a holiday show. The company rejected it. “It was a holiday song, called ‘Holidays at Our House,’ and I will never play it for you,” he recalled recently. “It was not very good.” But in the years since, the partnership has […]

Essence Names Interim Chief After Claim of ‘Abusive Work Culture’

An anonymous essay published on Sunday criticized Essence, the groundbreaking Black media brand, citing an “abusive work culture” in which bullying and sexual harassment were common. Since then, Essence has installed Caroline A. Wanga, a former Target executive, as its interim leader and has also pledged to hire law firms to conduct a review of […]

Hugh Downs, Perennial Small-Screen Fixture, Is Dead at 99

Hugh Downs, whose honeyed delivery and low-key but erudite manner helped make him a familiar face and voice on television for half a century, and whose career included long stints as host of both “Today” on NBC and “20/20” on ABC, died on Wednesday at his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 99. His family […]

Peter Meehan Resigns as LA Times Food Editor

Peter Meehan, the editor of The Los Angeles Times food section, announced Wednesday afternoon that he was stepping down. His resignation comes after a series of tweets posted on Monday by Tammie Teclemariam, a freelance food-and-drinks writer, alleging a pattern of verbal abuse and workplace harassment by Mr. Meehan. In a statement on Twitter, Mr. […]

‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ Revived at Comedy Central

Grab your air guitar and get ready to bang your head until you’ve got whiplash: Beavis and Butt-Head, the dopey, heavy-metal-loving cartoon teenagers who were a staple of 1990s-era MTV, are returning to television, this time at Comedy Central. Comedy Central said on Wednesday that it had ordered two seasons of a new “Beavis and […]

China Announces New Retaliation Against U.S. News Outlets

China demanded on Wednesday that four American news organizations provide the government with information about their staffs, finances and real estate holdings inside the country, in what the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said was retaliation for the Trump administration’s recent actions against Chinese news outlets in the United States. The Chinese government stopped short, however, […]

Fox News Fires Ed Henry Over Sexual Misconduct Claim

Fox News has fired Ed Henry, one of the network’s most prominent Washington-based journalists, after a former employee at the cable news channel lodged a complaint of sexual misconduct against him, the network said on Wednesday. Mr. Henry, a former chief White House correspondent at Fox News, had served as co-anchor of the network’s “America’s […]

‘A Conflicted Cultural Force’: What It’s Like to Be Black in Publishing

The nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice have set off conversations in nearly every industry about the treatment of Black workers, and book publishing is no exception. The industry has long been criticized for hiring and retaining so few employees of color — according to a survey of the work force released this […]

Advertiser Exodus Snowballs as Facebook Struggles to Ease Concerns

Last Tuesday, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, attended a virtual meeting with some of the company’s top advertising partners. The brands and agencies, which had started criticizing the social network for its willingness to keep hate speech unaltered and accessible on its site, were pressing for change. According to five people with knowledge of the […]

MTV to Hold V.M.A.s in Brooklyn With Limits on Audience

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards will be staged in person at the Barclays Center on Aug. 30, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced at a news conference on Monday. Mr. Cuomo said the 36-year-old awards show would take place at the venue, in Brooklyn, albeit with a limited or no audience. Social distancing precautions and […]

The New York Times Pulls Out of Apple News

The New York Times said on Monday that it was exiting its partnership with Apple News, as news organizations struggle to compete with large tech companies for readers’ attention and dollars. Starting on Monday, Times articles were no longer appearing alongside those from other publications in the curated Apple News feed available on Apple devices. […]

Reddit, Acting Against Hate Speech, Bans ‘The_Donald’ Subreddit

SAN FRANCISCO — Reddit, one of the largest social networking and message board websites, on Monday banned its biggest community devoted to President Trump as part of an overhaul of its hate speech policies. The community or “subreddit,” called “The_Donald,” is home to more than 790,000 users who post memes, viral videos and supportive messages […]

Netflix Series About Colin Kaepernick Is in the Works From Ava DuVernay

Colin Kaepernick has yet to be invited back to the National Football League, but Netflix is welcoming him with open arms. The former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers who sparked a movement when he knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial inequality has joined forces with the writer-director Ava DuVernay […]

Sundance 2021 Will Be Held in at Least 20 Cities

Sundance is coming down from the mountain. Every January for 36 years, the Sundance Film Festival has been staged in Park City, Utah, an affluent ski town tucked 7,000 feet up in the Wasatch Range. Attendees fill theaters to capacity, huddle together in crowded wait-list tents, ride on jam-packed shuttle buses and hot-tub hop with […]

Marty Baron Made The Post Great Again. Now, the News Is Changing.

Almost anyone who works in the Washington Post newsroom can look inside its publishing system, Methode, to see what stories are coming. And at the height of the furor over Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court in 2018, some who did saw a shocking article awaiting publication. In the article, Bob Woodward, the Post […]

Milton Glaser, Master Designer of ‘I ♥ NY’ Logo, Is Dead at 91

Milton Glaser, a graphic designer who changed the vocabulary of American visual culture in the 1960s and ’70s with his brightly colored, extroverted posters, magazines, book covers and record sleeves, notably his 1967 poster of Bob Dylan with psychedelic hair and his “I ♥ NY” logo, died on Friday, his 91st birthday, in Manhattan. His […]

‘PizzaGate’ Conspiracy Theory Thrives Anew in the TikTok Era

WASHINGTON — Four minutes into a video that was posted on Instagram last month, Justin Bieber leaned into the camera and adjusted the front of his black knit beanie. For some of his 130 million followers, it was a signal. In the video, someone had posted a comment asking Mr. Bieber to touch his hat […]

Facebook Boycott: Unilever and Verizon Join Pledge to Pull Ads

Facebook is facing a growing boycott by advertisers unhappy with its handling of misinformation and hate speech, including its laissez-faire attitude toward recent posts from President Trump. The effort gained traction earlier in June amid pressure from civil rights organizations like the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Anti-Defamation League. Color […]

Facebook Adds Labels for Some Posts as Advertisers Pull Back

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook rolled out measures on Friday to add more context to problematic political posts on its site, as the social network grappled with a growing outcry from some of its largest advertisers over the issue of hateful speech. Facebook said it would attach labels to all posts across its network that discuss […]

As Facebook Boycott Grows, Advertisers Grapple With Race

At this time of year, hordes of advertising executives are usually striking deals on yachts in the French Riviera or at meetings in Manhattan, not sitting at home worrying about their future. But the industry, hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic, has watched its glamorous midyear calendar morph into a procession of video presentations recorded […]

‘TikTok Grandma’ Who Helped Tank Trump Rally Now Works for Biden

Last weekend, Mary Jo Laupp was enjoying a quiet night at a birthday party for her granddaughter — until she picked up her phone and her world flipped upside down. A TikTok video she had made urging people to reserve tickets to President Trump’s June 20 rally in Tulsa, Okla. — and then not show […]

Lester Crystal, Guiding Force Behind ‘NewsHour,’ Dies at 85

Lester M. Crystal, who after 20 years at NBC News, including two as its president, moved to “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report” on PBS and immediately set about transforming it from a half-hour program into “The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour,” a broadcast widely acclaimed for its breadth and depth, died on Wednesday in Manhattan. He was 85. His son […]

Li Zhensheng, Photographer of China’s Cultural Revolution, Dies at 79

Li Zhensheng, a Chinese photographer who took great personal risk to document the dark side of Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution and produced a powerful compilation of black-and-white images that remains a rare visual testament to the brutal excesses of that tumultuous episode in history, has died. He was 79. His death was confirmed on Tuesday […]

Disney’s Splash Mountain to Drop ‘Song of the South’ Depictions

LOS ANGELES — So long, Splash Mountain. Disney said on Thursday that it would remake one of its most popular theme park rides, Splash Mountain, which depicts characters and songs from “Song of the South,” the racist 1946 musical. The 31-year-old flume ride will instead be modeled on “The Princess and the Frog,” the 2009 […]

Jenny Slate and Kristen Bell Leave Voice Roles as Black Characters

Two white actresses who voiced black characters on popular animated television shows announced that they would step down on Wednesday, extending a season of soul searching over systemic racism that has touched multiple industries in the wake of recent police killings of African-Americans. In a pair of statements shared on social media within hours of […]

The Dixie Chicks Change Their Name, Dropping the ‘Dixie’

The Dixie Chicks are now the Chicks. The platinum-selling country trio, which in 2003 became pariahs in Nashville for criticizing President George W. Bush on the eve of the American-led invasion of Iraq, has changed its name, apparently in tacit acknowledgment of criticism over its use of the word “Dixie,” a nostalgic nickname for the […]

In Vintage TV Ads, a Curious Fountain of Hope (and Cheese)

At the end of yet another long day indoors, when I want to unwind, I’ll put on the commercial breaks from the 1985 American Music Awards or CBS’s May 3, 1983, broadcast of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.” I am transported to a magical time, full of smiling faces and hokey jingles, when you could […]

Books Are a Great Fit for Quarantine. The Book Business, Not So Much.

During a normal week, Jordan Pavlin, the editorial director at Knopf, seldom ate at her desk. Depending on the day, she might be meeting with literary agents over lunch, catching up with an author over an after-work drink, or having a quick bite before a cocktail party for a newly released title. She still doesn’t […]

‘Hamilton’ Is Coming to the Small Screen. This Is How It Got There.

In the spring of 2017, a production executive withdrew an encrypted hard drive from a Midtown Manhattan vault and boarded a flight to London. A year before, a film crew had shot two of the final “Hamilton” performances featuring most of the original cast, and the plan was to lock the footage away for five […]

Trump-Comey Mini-Series Will Air Before Election Day

ViacomCBS has reversed course. Days after announcing that its television adaptation of “A Higher Loyalty,” the best-selling book by the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey, would appear after the election, the company has moved the broadcast to September. The director, Billy Ray, sent an email to cast members on Monday expressing disappointment that the […]

Steve Bing, Hollywood Producer and Financier, Is Dead at 55

Steve Bing, a real estate heir who became a Hollywood producer and film financier, died on Monday in Los Angeles after jumping from the balcony of his 27th-floor apartment. He was 55. The Los Angeles County coroner confirmed his death. The Los Angeles police said officers arrived at the scene, on Santa Monica Boulevard in […]

Overwhelmed With Orders, Some Black-Owned Bookstores Ask for Patience

On Friday and Saturday, people lined up down the block to enter Semicolon Bookstore in Chicago — not for a famous speaker or a big event, but to buy books on race and antiracism. As Americans grapple with the country’s history of racism, many of them have turned to books, propelling titles like “How to […]

Director of Trump-Comey TV Series Criticizes Postelection Release Date

Last week, ViacomCBS announced that its mini-series based on “A Higher Loyalty,” the best-selling book by the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey that angered President Trump, would be broadcast after the election. That came as a disappointment to the director, who had been working toward an air date before November, according to an email […]

Disney Exits Language School Business in China, Citing Coronavirus

The Walt Disney Company has decided to close Disney English, a 12-year-old chain of 25 language schools in China, ending a once-promising business that, at times, prompted questions about education as brand building. The learning centers, in six cities and using Disney characters like Mickey Mouse and the Little Mermaid in their curriculum, have been […]

Ad Boycott of Facebook Keeps Growing

Facebook put on an upbeat presentation to advertisers on Tuesday, the same day the clothing chain Eddie Bauer, the film distributor Magnolia Pictures and the Ben & Jerry’s ice cream brand announced that they would stop advertising on the platform through July. Those companies joined Patagonia, the North Face, REI and others in a growing […]

Tennessee Newspaper Fires Advertising Manager After Anti-Muslim Ad

The Tennessean newspaper and Gannett, its parent company, fired an advertising manager on Monday, a day after the newspaper published a full-page ad from a biblical prophecy group claiming “Islam” would detonate a bomb in Nashville. The manager who was fired “agreed to proceed with the ad without fully reviewing the content” after it had […]

Bill Simmons Plays Defense on Diversity at The Ringer

Since leaving ESPN in 2015, the sports media pioneer Bill Simmons has notched a series of wins: He started The Ringer, a digital media company with a popular website and a network of about 30 podcasts, and sold it to Spotify this year for nearly $200 million. But earlier this month, an episode of The […]

Golden Globes Nabs Date Oscars Abandoned

LOS ANGELES — The 2021 Golden Globes will take place on Feb. 28, a date that the Oscars abandoned last week in an effort to salvage its 93rd installment in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association, the small group of journalists that hands out the Globes, had not previously announced […]

What’s Facebook’s Deal With Donald Trump?

Last Nov. 20, NBC News broke the news that Mark Zuckerberg, Donald Trump and a Facebook board member, Peter Thiel, had dined together at the White House the previous month. “It is unclear why the meeting was not made public or what Trump, Zuckerberg and Thiel discussed,” the report said. That was it. Nothing else […]

Tennessee Newspaper Apologizes for ‘Utterly Indefensible’ Anti-Muslim Ad

The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville is investigating how it came to publish a full-page ad on Sunday by a biblical prophecy group claiming “Islam” would detonate a bomb in the city. The ad, which included a photo collage of President Trump, Pope Francis and burning American flags, urged readers to visit a website offering more […]

Bundesliga TV Rights Deal Suggests a Softening Market

Germany’s top soccer league continues to be a bellwether for sports. The Bundesliga’s return to action in May after a two-month hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic gave other big leagues the courage, and also some helpful guidance, as they pressed forward with their own returns. Now the Bundesliga has become the first major European […]

Companies That Have Pledged to Address Racism Since the George Floyd Protests

Friday will be a paid company holiday for employees at Nike. The same goes for workers at Twitter, Target, General Motors, the National Football League and a variety of other businesses. JPMorgan Chase, Capital One and other banks will close branches early. Companies big and small decided to recognize Juneteenth, a holiday that commemorates the […]

Two Gamers Played ‘The Last of Us Part II.’ They Were Blown Away.

Hardcore gamers and post-apocalyptica enthusiasts have waited years for a sequel to The Last of Us, an immersive video game set in a dark, dismal future after a fungus ravaged Earth and zombies have become the ruling class. The game unspooled through the lens of two unlikely companions: a hardened, Texan smuggler named Joel and […]

Twitter Labels Trump Tweet About ‘Racist Baby’ as Manipulated Media

OAKLAND, Calif. — Twitter added a warning to a post from President Trump about a racist baby on Thursday, saying it contained manipulated media designed to mislead people. Mr. Trump’s tweet, which he posted earlier on Thursday, featured a video of two toddlers running down a sidewalk. The video had been altered to appear as […]

Advertisers Are Fleeing Tucker Carlson. Fox News Viewers Have Stayed.

In recent weeks, Tucker Carlson, the conservative Fox News host, has challenged the Black Lives Matter movement, dismissed demonstrators as “criminal mobs,” accused a Texas police chief of “sounding more like a therapist than a cop” and mocked a CNN children’s special about racism that featured Elmo, the “Sesame Street” puppet. His comments have generated […]