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3:15 PM ET, December 15, 2015


 Top News: 
Hollywood Reporter:
Howard Stern signs 5 year deal with Sirius XM, will continue radio show, expand into video  —  Stern will stay on the air through 2020, the partners will move into video programming, and Sirius will have access to the host's audio and video library for 12 years.
Jordan Chariton / The Wrap:
Brian Williams Makes First NBC News Appearance Post Scandal  —  Brian Williams returned to the NBC News airwaves on Tuesday for the first time following the scandal that cost him his “Nightly News” anchor chair.  —  With Lester Holt out sick, Williams anchored an NBC News special report …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Las Vegas Review-Journal Staff Launch Twitter Campaign Urging New Owner To Come Forward  —  Jeb Bush joked that Donald Trump was the paper's mystery buyer.  —  Employees at Nevada's largest media outlet launched a coordinated Twitter campaign on Monday because their paper's new financial backers are still a mystery.
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Showtime partners with Bloomberg for weekly documentary series covering the presidential race, will feature Mark Halperin and John Heilemann  —  Showtime Getting In On 2016 ‘Circus’ With Weekly Documentary Series  —  The network will team up with Bloomberg on a series that will air as the campaign unfolds.
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
Jennifer Wong Named President of Time Inc. Digital  —  Time Inc. has named Jennifer Wong president of Time Inc. Digital, a new role at the publisher.  Wong comes to Time Inc. from PopSugar, where she served as chief business officer.  —  Wong has been with PopSugar since 2011.
Discussion: WWD, @raju and Media Wire Daily
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Serial becomes first ever podcast to win a duPont award  —  ‘Serial’ wins duPont award  —  Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism  —  “Serial,” the breakout hit podcast from the producers of “This American Life,” is among the winners of broadcast journalism's highest honor, the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award.
Elana Beiser / Committee to Protect Journalists:
CPJ survey finds 199 journalists imprisoned worldwide in 2015; top three countries imprisoning journalists are China with 49, Egypt with 23, and Iran with 19  —  China, Egypt imprison record numbers of journalists  —  Egypt is second only to China as the world's worst jailer of journalists in 2015.
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Netflix re-encoding its entire catalog to improve quality, save users up to 20% of data  —  Inside Netflix's Plan to Boost Streaming Quality and Unclog the Internet (Exclusive)  —  The company is on a quest to re-encode its entire catalog  —  Over the past few months …
Peter Sterne / Politico:
Roy Sekoff, Huffington Post's founding editor and co-creator of HuffPost Live, is leaving  —  Roy Sekoff to leave Huffington Post  —  The Huffington Post's founding editor, Roy Sekoff, is leaving the organization, president Arianna Huffington announced in an email to staff on Monday night.
Aaron Sharockman / PolitiFact:
PolitiFact partnering with NBC News for 2016 election  —  PolitiFact and NBC News are partnering to fact-check the 2016 election.  —  Beginning today, PolitiFact will fact-check statements made on Meet the Press and rate them on PolitiFact's Truth-O-Meter.
Jordan Valinsky / Digiday:
Washington Post widens online lead over New York Times in November  —  The Washington Post widened its lead over The New York Times in November, raking in 71.6 million U.S. visitors compared to the Times' 68.8 million according to comScore data.  —  Last month, the Washington Post narrowly edged the Times …
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Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
George Ergatoudis, head of music at BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, joins Spotify UK as head of content programming
Discussion: and Business Insider
Ben Woods / The Next Web:
Twitter Moments launches in UK, launch partners include VICE and BuzzFeed UK
Discussion: The Twitter Blog and TechCrunch
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Vice Europe to double revenues to £100m as TV strategy pays off
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Vivendi chief executive Arnaud de Puyfontaine named chairman of UK media buyout firm Gloo
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Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Washington Post builds a free 8-bit-style mobile game, Floppy Candidate, with trivia questions and links to stories about the 2016 election
Discussion: Mashable