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6:45 PM ET, January 27, 2014


 Top News: 
Andrew Beaujon / Poynter:
Omidyar: First Look plans to launch ‘family of digital magazines’  —  In a video explaining his plans for First Look Media, founder/funder Pierre Omidyar says that in addition to a flagship site covering news, entertainment, sports and politics, the venture plans to launch “a family of digital magazines.”
Discussion: NetNewsCheck Latest and Mashable
Dylan Byers / Politico:
Pierre Omidyar releases video previewing First Look Media
Tim Peterson / AdAge:
Vox Media CEO Jim Bankoff on Ezra Klein's Plan to Re-Imagine the News  —  News and Culture Site Expected to Launch in the Spring  —  The parent company of tech news site The Verge and sports blog SB Nation has lured The Washington Post's recently departed politics-and-policy wunderkind Ezra Klein …
Mark Potts / Recovering Journalist:
The Washington Post tried to launch a venture like Ezra Klein's 15 years ago
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
Q&A: Ezra Klein Promises “A Completely Different Product”
Eriq Gardner / Hollywood Reporter:
Quentin Tarantino Suing Gawker Over Leaked ‘Hateful Eight’ Script (Exclusive)  —  The director takes legal action over the distribution of his script.  —  Quentin Tarantino  —  Quentin Tarantino has filed a copyright lawsuit against Gawker Media for allegedly disseminating copies of his script, The Hateful Eight.
Andrew Jacobs / New York Times:
Times Reporter Faces Expulsion From China  —  BEIJING — Despite objections raised by Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. in meetings with its top leaders, China appears set to force a correspondent for The New York Times to leave the country this week, and is continuing to block a number …
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:   Bloomberg's China business grows despite ‘brouhaha’
Mike Isaac / Re/code:
Facebook Is Seeking “Editors” for News App  —  For years, Facebook has sworn by the power of algorithms to serve users a personalized mix of status updates, stories and photos.  It's what makes up the heart of the company's premier product, the News Feed.  —  Soon, Facebook will add another approach …
Rachele Kanigel / Mediashift:
SF Chronicle Hopes Incubator Will ‘Turn Around Legacy Media Company’  —  After two decades of being pummeled by savvy tech companies that have stolen its readers, its advertisers and perhaps even its place as the leading media company in town, the San Francisco Chronicle has decided to fight innovation with innovation.
Discussion: @mediatwit
Alex Sherman / Bloomberg:
Comcast, Charter Said to Near Pact on Time Warner Cable Assets  —  Comcast Corp. (CMCSA) is near a deal to buy New York City, North Carolina and New England cable assets from Charter Communications Inc. if shareholders approve Charter's takeover bid for Time Warner Cable Inc., people with knowledge of the matter said.
Susan Crawford / Bloomberg:   Time Warner Cable Sale Will Cost Us All
Alex Weprin / Capital New York:
Al Jazeera America to get prime new channel space  —  As it prepares to launch a new marketing campaign, Al Jazeera America will be getting some prime new channel placement for Time Warner Cable subscribers in New York.  —  Tomorrow, January 28, AJAM will be moving from channel 181 …
Robert Lipsyte / ESPN:
ESPN Ombudsman criticises Grantland's Dr. V story, calls it “inexcusable”  —  Dr. V story understandable, inexcusable  —  A young golfer's obsession with an oddly shaped putter invented by a mysterious scientist and endorsed on YouTube?  I will give that kind of story …
Dean Starkman / Columbia Journalism Review:
Why Capital New York's $6,000 paywall will probably work  —  When Politico's owner bought Capital New York in September, the move came as a surprise to many of us, but it could certainly be seen as a concrete assertion of the viability of Politico's business model, which is hybrid …
Discussion: FishbowlNY
WashPost PR:
National Journal Executive Editor Adam Kushner joins Washington Post to lead new opinion and analysis site  —  Adam Kushner to lead new digital opinion venture  —  Announcement from Executive Editor Marty Baron, Editorial Page Editor Fred Hiatt and Outlook Editor Carlos Lozada:
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
To Cover State of the Union, Fusion Taps Talking Animals and A Chatty Hot Dog  —  Cable net backed by Univision and ABC News strikes out in satirical direction to stand apart from TV-news pack  —  When President Obama delivers his State of the Union address Tuesday evening, NBC News will trot out Brian Williams to anchor its coverage.
Discussion: TVNewser and @rove
Frank Rich / New York Magazine:
Stop Beating a Dead Fox  —  The conservative news channel's only real power is in riling up liberals, who by this point should know better.  —  here ain't no sanity clause," Chico Marx told Groucho.  There is also no Santa Claus.  And there was no sanity in the Santa fracas that became …
Caroline O'Donovan / Nieman Journalism Lab:
Q&A: Andrew Golis on matching great journalism with big audiences (and, oh yeah, dollars)  —  Andrew Golis has been hanging out at The Atlantic for the past six months or so, getting to know people and working on whatever interests him.  Golis was hired in June to inaugurate the role …
Discussion: @agolis, @ceodonovan and @amlwhere
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Michael Sebastian / AdAge:
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Brian Lowry / Variety:
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Jim Edwards / Business Insider:
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Discussion: AdExchanger
Joe Pompeo / Capital New York:
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Discussion: FishbowlNY
Paul Sandle / Reuters:
Vice Media links up with Greek TV broadcaster Antenna
Wall Street Journal:
Sports Channel Seeks to Profit From Demand for Online Video Without Pushing Away Pay-TV Customers
Press Gazette:
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David Meyer / Gigaom:
Major consolidation in Dutch cable industry as Liberty reveals $9.4B Ziggo buyout
Mike Ozanian / Forbes:
Super Bowl TV Audience Down 84% Per-Ad-Dollar Since 1967
Discussion: AdAge