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6:05 PM ET, January 14, 2016

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Jordan Weissmann / Slate:
Al Jazeera America failed by offering viewers coverage based on survey findings, not what audiences are proven to watch  —  Why Al Jazeera America Was Destined to Fail  —  Al Jazeera America never had a chance.  Having struggled in vain to attract an audience since it launched in 2013 …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix says it will block proxy and VPN access, used to bypass country restrictions, in the coming weeks citing content-licensing restrictions  —  Netflix Vows to Shut Down Proxy Users Who Bypass Country Restrictions  —  Netflix, which now offers streaming service in some 190 nations …
Paresh Dave / Los Angeles Times:
ESPN.com rolls out e-sports section, says its daily coverage will have the same rigor it has for other sports  —  ESPN.com to cover e-sports with same ‘rigor’ as it does the big leagues  —  An ESPN The Magazine last year focused on e-sports.  Emboldened by the response, ESPN.com plans to aggressively cover video game competitions.
Gabriel Sherman / New York Magazine:
Sources: Rupert Murdoch reasserts control over Fox News, Roger Ailes threatened to quit over promotion of Murdoch's sons, network lacks Trump coverage strategy  —  With Roger Ailes Absent, Fox News Is Drifting — There Isn't Even a ‘Trump Strategy’  —  For the past two decades …
Michael Calderone / The Huffington Post:
Huffington Post Management Voluntarily Recognizes Employee Union  —  HuffPost is the largest digital news outlet to organize.  —  NEW YORK — The Huffington Post's management has voluntarily recognized its employees' union, making the digital media outlet the largest ever to organize.
Jason Lynch / Adweek:
NBC research executive Alan Wurtzel: network shows compare well with Netflix and Amazon hits based on cross-platform ratings tool from Symphony Advanced Media  —  NBC Says Netflix Doesn't Yet Pose a ‘Consistent’ Threat to Broadcasters.  Here's Why  —  While conventional wisdom …
Chris O'Shea / FishbowlNY:
National Magazine Award nominations announced, New York magazine leads with nine  —  2016 Ellies Finalists Announced  —  The American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME) has announced the finalists for the 2016 Ellies.  For the third straight year New York was the most-nominated magazine, with nine.
Paul Revoir / Guardian:
BBC risks excluding viewers by prioritising online content  —  BBC3 move to online-only, fears over future of traditional broadcasting and corporation being too ‘overtly political’ among public's concerns, study finds  —  Older, poorer and rural viewers could all be excluded by the BBC's plans …
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Paul Revoir / Guardian:
Public ‘support BBC cost-savings but do not want services to be axed’
Discussion: @rjdmc
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Axel Springer's Bild is testing news delivery via Facebook Messenger  —  German tabloid Bild is experimenting with delivering news to its readers via Facebook Messenger.  The first experiment is limited to “news, background information, and rumors regarding the transfer window of the German soccer league.”
Discussion: @ylichterman
Paul Sawers / VentureBeat:
The Internet Archive's new project preserves political TV ads so journalists can see who's lying  —  The Internet Archive has already been documenting the evolution of the Web for two decades, and now it's teaming up with a handful of media organizations to launch a project specifically designed …
Discussion: Engadget and The Next Web
Ahmed Aboulenein / Reuters:
Egypt arrests Facebook page administrators ahead of revolt anniversary  —  Egyptian security forces have arrested two people for managing multiple Facebook pages they said were used to support the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and encourage protest, the Interior Ministry said.
Jasper Jackson / Guardian:
Sun faces phone-hacking claims from five high court claimants  —  A bid to establish whether the Sun was involved in phone hacking has been launched at at a hearing dealing with allegations from 16 celebrities and public figures against the newspaper's publisher, News Group Newspapers.
 
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