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6:25 PM ET, December 21, 2016

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Reuters:
Sources: Viacom executive Doug Herzog, who oversaw Comedy Central and MTV, is leaving in restructuring after the appointment of Bob Bakish as Viacom CEO  —  Longtime Viacom Inc (VIAB.O) executive Doug Herzog, who oversees the networks Comedy Central and MTV, is expected to leave the company next month …
Rachael Bade / Politico:
Sources: Attacks from Breitbart and other pro-Trump bloggers and media personalities are having a chilling effect on discourse within the Republican Party  —  Lawmakers are loath to say anything remotely critical, fearful they might set off the president-elect or his horde of enforcers.
Tony Connelly / The Drum:
Vice removes its comments sections; in a post, Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Smith said too often, the sections devolved into racist and misogynistic abuse  —  Vice has revealed that it is taking the bold step of removing the comments sections from its online platforms, citing a lack of time or desire to continue monitoring “crap”.
Discussion: Mediaite, @mathewi and @alexckaufman
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Disney-ABC to produce several original series for Snapchat, in bid to target younger viewers, starting with an after-party show for The Bachelor, debuting Jan 3  —  Snapchat has pulled Disney-ABC Television Group into its expanding original programming orbit, with the parties setting …
WRAL-TV:
McClatchy buys the print and digital operations of North Carolina's Durham Herald-Sun from the Paxton Media Group  —  RALEIGH, N.C. — McClatchy, the owner of Raleigh's daily newspaper, The News & Observer, announced on Wednesday that is had completed a deal to purchase the print and digital operations of The (Durham, NC) Herald-Sun.
Christopher Meighan / Nieman Lab:
Tech advances in mobile offer publishers new opportunities to interact with readers in 2017 by way of lock screens, messaging apps, and partner integrations  —  Does it add value?  Will it enrich a subscriber's experience?  These are the questions we always come back to when discussing new features for apps.
Tom Standage / Press Gazette:
Economist Deputy Editor and Digital Strategy Chief Tom Standage: We expect display advertising to have disappeared by 2025  —  Economist deputy editor and digital strategy head Tom Standage on why news publishers need to say goodbye to advertising...  The majority of our revenue (65 per cent and rising) comes from circulation.
Discussion: @tomskitomski, Thanks:@steverubel
 
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Pamela Engel / Business Insider:
After granting an interview to STAT News, Trump's doctor told reporter Ike Swetlitz he'd never work again if the story were published
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Family-friendly streaming service VidAngel refuses to shut down, despite court order filed by Warner Bros, Disney and Fox, which want VidAngel held in contempt
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable and Variety
Andrew Wallenstein / Variety:
Maker Studios to be overseen by Andrew Sugerman as CEO Courtney Holt becomes EVP of media, strategy at Disney
Discussion: The Wrap
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Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
Chairman of The Conversation, Robert Johanson, resigns following standoff about the future of org's co-founder, Andrew Jaspan, put on forced leave in September
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Sling TV website shows details for AirTV Player, a new Android-powered device with an interface that combines Sling TV with over-the-air broadcasts and Netflix
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Live Audio launches with select publishers and authors including the BBC, LBC, and Harper Collins, will open up to more next year