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12:55 PM ET, January 9, 2018


 Top News: 
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.
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.
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