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12:25 PM ET, January 29, 2016


 Top News: 
Robert Allbritton / Politico:
Politico publisher Robert Albritton on transition: VandeHei, Kingsley, Allen, 2 others to leave this year; Albritton will be CEO, John Harris, publisher and EIC  —  A memo from POLITICO's founder and publisher Robert Allbritton  —  A memo sent by Robert Allbritton, founder and publisher of POLITICO:
Jim VandeHei / Politico:
Politico CEO Jim VandeHei memo says he'll stay through election, plans a new venture  —  A memo from POLITICO CEO Jim VandeHei  —  A memo from POLITICO CEO Jim VandeHei:  —  “So now you know the news: I am leaving POLITICO after the election.  —  The timing is poetic: it will mark my 10th Anniversary, almost to the day.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
VandeHei drove Politico's global ambitions and workaholic competitive edge, forcing competitors to try to keep up  —  Politico implodes  —  In what can be described only as a cataclysm in Beltway media, CEO Jim VandeHei is leaving Politico, the eight-year-old politics website that shook …
Kamal Ahmed / BBC:
James Murdoch named Sky chairman, four years after he stepped down as BSkyB chairman  —  James Murdoch takes over at Sky  —  James Murdoch is to become one of the most powerful figures in European television, becoming the chairman of Sky, Britain's subscription broadcaster.
Mark Sweney / Guardian:
Sky investor: James Murdoch's appointment as chairman is a conflict of interest because of his position at 21st Century Fox  —  James Murdoch's return as Sky chair is a major concern, says investor  —  Shareholder claims new role flouts corporate governance code and is a serious conflict …
Sky final half of 2015 pre-tax profits fell £12M to £524M and gained 205K subscribers in second quarter
Discussion: Press Association
Alexandra Steigrad / WWD:
David Granger Out at Esquire; Town & Country's Jay Fielden Named Editor in Chief  —  Another longtime magazine editor is being pushed out - and this time it's at Esquire.  After nearly two decades as editor in chief, David Granger, will exit the Hearst-owned men's magazine on March 31.
David Meyer / Fortune:
German regional court rules YouTube does not have to pay royalties each time users watch music videos  —  YouTube Wins Another Round In German Copyright Tussle  —  Yet another judge has sided with Google's YouTube in its epic struggle with German music performing rights society GEMA …
Discussion: Telecompaper and Reuters
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
The Economist starts publishing its charts on the messaging app Line  —  The Economist is publishing charts and other visual content on messaging app Line, the company announced this week.  The Economist already promotes its bilingual English-Chinese app, The Economist Global Business Review …
Discussion: @elanazak
Wall Street Journal:
Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus says he expects increased a la carte TV access will help push down high programming costs over long term  —  Time Warner Cable Sees Chance to Resist Rising Cost of Carrying Channels  —  Online, stand-alone Web services potentially diminish channel owners' leverage, CEO Marcus says
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Free, Ad-Supported iTunes Radio Is No More  —  Ad-supported iTunes Radio stations have today gone off the air.  As we reported earlier this month, Apple decided it would shutter its free streaming iTunes Radio offering, a competitor to Pandora, in an effort to boost subscriptions to its paid service, Apple Music.
Kara Bloomgarden-Smoke / The New York Observer:
How the New Yorker has embraced multimedia storytelling and introduced a radio show, podcasts, a documentary, an Amazon series, and a three-day festival  —  No Escape From The New Yorker  —  How the proudest and stodgiest of legacy publications transformed into a multimedia juggernaut
Discussion: @nxthompson
Steven Perlberg / Wall Street Journal:
Snapchat launches original campaign show Good Luck America hosted by Peter Hamby on Discover  —  Snapchat Debuts Political Campaign Show  —  ‘Good Luck America’ is geared toward young viewers  —  Snapchat on Thursday launched a new political campaign show on its “Discover” page …
Mark Joyella / TVNewser:
Fusion launching The Naked Truth on Sunday, a cross-platform investigative series aimed at young, diverse audiences  —  Creating an Investigative Journalism Franchise for the Daily Show Generation  —  Fusion has announced a new cross-platform investigative franchise called The Naked Truth.
Discussion: @tvnewser
Vadim Lavrusik / Facebook:
Facebook expands ability to share live video to all iPhone users in the US, rest of the world over coming weeks, Android users soon  —  Expanding Live Video to More People  —  In December, we started testing the ability for people to share live video on Facebook, and it has been inspiring …
Jefferson Graham / USA Today:
Local journalists find success broadcasting on Facebook Live
Discussion: @lavrusik, Tech Insider and USA Today
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Adam Satariano / Bloomberg Business:
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Discussion: @yahoofinance
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
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Anthony Salamone / Morning Call:
Magazine publisher Rodale announces it's cutting 40 jobs, less than 10% of workforce
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Peter Sterne / Politico:
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Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
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Discussion: @niemanlab

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