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8:15 AM ET, January 8, 2018

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Under political and financial pressure, Breitbart's Steve Bannon issues an apology, tries to reverse statements about Donald Trump Jr. in Michael Wolff's book  —  WASHINGTON — Isolated from his political allies and cut off from his financial patrons, Stephen K. Bannon …
Anne Barker / ABC:
WikiLeaks tweeted - then later deleted - a link to a free online copy of Michael Wolff's new book on the Trump administration, Fire and Fury  —  The profitability and sales of Michael Wolff's scathing book about United States President Donald Trump appear to have come under attack by WikiLeaks …
Mark Di Stefano / BuzzFeed:
BBC's China Editor Carrie Gracie resigns over gender pay gap, accuses managers of breaking equality law, says she'll return to BBC TV newsroom  —  In an explosive letter addressed to licence fee payers, which was leaked to BuzzFeed News, Carrie Gracie claimed the BBC was “breaking equality law”.
David McKie / The Guardian:
Peter Preston, Guardian editor from 1975 to 1995, dies aged 79  —  Guardian editor who during 20 years in the role played a decisive part in shaping the paper's future  —  Peter Preston, editor of this newspaper for almost 20 years from 1975 - then the longest service of any editor since CP Scott …
John Koblin / New York Times:
FX: at least 487 original TV programs aired in 2017, up from 455 in 2016 and 288 in 2012, fuelled by Netflix airing 117 shows in 2017, up from 24 in 2013  —  PASADENA, Calif. — Too many TV shows to choose from?  —  You're not alone.  —  At least 487 original scripted programs aired in 2017 …
Roger McNamee / Washington Monthly:
Facebook and Google's influence on the US election and Brexit calls for regulations for more transparency, letting users own their data and social graphs, more  —  An early investor explains why the social media platform's business model is such a threat—and what to do about it.
Jesse Abdenour / Columbia Journalism Review:
Study: news stations in competitive markets are more likely to produce investigative stories, and high quality investigations appear to raise ratings  —  A silhouette of a man sits in a stark television studio.  Exposed wires snake their way up bare plywood walls.  The man's face has been blacked out.
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
A year after launch, Facebook Journalism Project gets mixed reviews for developing products with news outlets, providing training, and helping to curb hoaxes  —  A year ago, Facebook launched its Facebook Journalism Project.  Led by Campbell Brown, the ex-NBC News anchor who was Facebook's …
Stefania D'Ignoti / Nieman Lab:
Profile of Jordan-based podcast network Sowt, which produces and curates original Arabic-language content on social issues like religion and gender taboos  —  The podcast network Sowt, which both produces and curates podcasts for a Middle East audience, avoids “just translating and adapting U.S. products” …
Ross Benes / Digiday:
Purch, a publisher that owns sites such as Tom's Guide, Top Ten Reviews, Live Science, makes ~$120M a year in revenue, with ~$24M coming from licensing ad tech  —  With publishers realizing that they can no longer be wholly dependent on ads for their revenue, Purch is getting more serious …
 
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