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4:45 PM ET, February 4, 2016


 Top News: 
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
New York Times Q4: $52M net income, up 48% YoY; $445M revenue; digital ad revenue up 11% to $70M  —  New York Times Co. Reports $52 Million Quarterly Profit  —  Buoyed by strong digital growth and cost savings, The New York Times Company reported on Thursday an increase in quarterly profit …
Hollywood Reporter:
Viacom Names CEO Philippe Dauman Executive Chairman  —  Viacom on Thursday named a new chairman to replace Sumner Redstone: president and CEO Philippe Dauman.  —  The news from the conglomerate, whose assets include MTV, Nickelodeon and Paramount Pictures, came Thursday after a board meeting that started around 10 a.m. ET.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Leslie Moonves Named CBS Chairman, Replacing Sumner Redstone
Ken Doctor / Politico:
Amid GateHouse Media's fading role in managing the Las Vegas Review-Journal, CEO Mike Reed defends investigation of judges, criticizes newsroom  —  The lingering mystery plaguing new management at the Las Vegas Review-Journal  —  Several mysteries tumbled out of Sheldon Adelson's secret …
David Segal / New York Times:
Playboy's redesigned first issue without frontal nudity still has pictures and interviews, but photos of naked women are strategically concealed and unretouched  —  Playboy Puts on (Some) Clothes for Newly Redesigned Issue  —  What is Playboy without naked women?
Pew Research Center:
Pew: 35% of 18 to 29-year-olds say social media is most helpful source for election information, cable news named top by 30+ year-olds  —  The 2016 Presidential Campaign - a News Event That's Hard to Miss  —  About nine-in-ten Americans learn about the election in a given week …
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Publishing's top shareholder is now Michael Ferro, majority owner of Sun-Times  —  Michael Ferro.  —  Michael Ferro, majority owner of the Chicago Sun-Times, has become the largest shareholder in Chicago-based Tribune Publishing, parent company of the Chicago Tribune, Los Angeles Times and other major daily newspapers.
Kevin Rawlinson / Guardian:
Condé Nast fined £10K for contempt of court over British GQ article by Michael Wolff that risked prejudicing Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson phone-hacking trial  —  GQ publisher fined for contempt of court over Rebekah Brooks article  —  Condé Nast ordered to pay £10,000 …
Discussion: Press Gazette
Shan Wang / Nieman Lab:
Public radio staffers across the U.S. lay out new guidelines for podcast audience measurement  —  If you work with podcasts, how many times have you heard complaints about the difficulty of getting accurate data on audiences and their listening habits, and the lack of an industry standard?
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Condé Nast and Hearst form joint venture PubWorx to oversee circulation, procurement, and print production  —  Condé Nast, Hearst Form Joint Venture for Print Magazines' Back-Office Operations  —  PubWorx LLC will oversee circulation, procurement and production of print titles
Discussion: WWD and Talking New Media
Sage Lazzaro / The New York Observer:
‘Serial’ Producers Put Season 2 on Hold to Dive Back Into Adnan Syed's Case  —  Serial producers Sarah Koenig and Dana Chivvis have been hard at work on the podcast's second season.  They've actually been doing so much reporting on the case of Bowe Bergdhal that they're now releasing new episodes only every other week.
Brian Stelter / CNNMoney:
CNN simulcasting next week's PBS Democratic debate  —  CNN is going to simulcast the Democratic presidential primary debate that PBS is holding next week in Wisconsin.  —  “PBS NewsHour” co-anchors Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff will moderate the debate on February 11 at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Liam La Guerre / Commercial Observer:
Al Jazeera Pays Boston Properties $45M For Midtown Lease Termination  —  Fleeing the American media market comes at a price.  And for Al Jazeera America, which had leased offices at 250 West 55th Street, that price is $45 million.  —  The media company paid the sum as a termination fee …
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