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12:55 PM ET, January 9, 2018

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Burlington Free Press:
Gannett fires Burlington Free Press editor after tweets about VT's proposal to add a third gender to driver licenses, saying he violated social media guidelines  —  Denis Finley, editor of the Burlington Free Press, left the company Monday evening.  —  Finley became embroiled …
CBS News:
John Dickerson has been named as the new co-anchor of CBS This Morning, alongside Norah O'Donnell and Gayle King, replacing Charlie Rose  —  CBS News anchor John Dickerson has been named co-host of “CBS This Morning,” joining Gayle King and Norah O'Donnell on the network's critically acclaimed and award-winning broadcast.
Ted Johnson / Variety:
NBC deletes tweet that appeared to endorse Oprah Winfrey as a 2020 presidential candidate, says it was posted by a third-party agency for NBC Entertainment  —  WASHINGTON — NBC removed a tweet sent from the network's main account that appeared to endorse the idea of an Oprah Winfrey candidacy in 2020.
HeraldScotland:
UK's Equality and Human Rights Commission will write to the BBC over unlawful discrimination claims made by ex-China Editor Carrie Gracie  —  The Equality and Human Rights Commission will write to the BBC over claims of unlawful pay discrimination made by former China editor Carrie Gracie.
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Sebastian Gorka / The Hill:
Former White House advisor Sebastian Gorka says he was instructed to speak to Michael Wolff but declined to do so, chides ex-colleagues for talking to press  —  When I worked in the White House, I was viewed as strange by many of my colleagues on Sean Spicer's press team.
Committee to Protect Journalists:
In response to Trump's “fake news” awards, the Committee to Protect Journalists announces the Press Oppressors awards  —  Amid the public discourse of fake news and President Trump's announcement via Twitter about his planned “fake news” awards ceremony, CPJ is recognizing world leaders …
The Wrap:
Hulu surpassed 17M subscribers in 2017, a 40% increase YoY, bringing its total audience to 54M unique viewers  —  Hulu eclipsed 17 million total subscribers in 2017, the streaming service announced Tuesday.  That's five million more (+40 percent) total subscribers from its last publicly reported total in 2016.
Discussion: Ad Age, Deadline and GeekWire
Janko Rottgers / Variety:
Intel launches Intel Studios, an LA-based facility for the production of virtual and augmented reality video and other types of content  —  Intel wants to help Hollywood embrace the next generation of immersive media: The chip maker officially announced the opening of a Los Angeles-based …
Discussion: VentureBeat
Sam Burne James / PRWeek:
UK's Virgin Trains says it's stopped stocking the Daily Mail on its onboard shops because it deemed the paper to be “not compatible with our beliefs”  —  Virgin Trains has stopped stocking the Daily Mail in its on-board shops or providing it in first-class carriages …
Discussion: Press Gazette and The Drum
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Ex-Hulu SVP Jenny Wall is joining Brooklyn-based podcast network Gimlet Media as its first chief marketing officer  —  Entertainment-marketing vet Jenny Wall is jumping into the burgeoning world of podcasting.  —  Wall, a former Hulu and Netflix marketing executive, has joined Gimlet Media …
 
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Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Facebook to host fact-checking partners in early February to discuss how to help them be more effective and increase impact
Discussion: PEN America
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google News engineering director says an unintentional tech issue resulted in some sites being delisted over the past few days and is working on a fix
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Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Right-wing writer Chuck Johnson files lawsuit in California against Twitter claiming he was banned for his political views in violation of free speech rights
Discussion: The Hill and Mashable
Cale Guthrie Weissman / Fast Company:
Twitter has quietly started verifying users again, after pausing verifications in November alongside a promise of a new authentication and verification program