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1:15 PM ET, January 26, 2018

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Richard Deitsch / Sports Illustrated:
Jemele Hill, the ESPN anchor called out by Trump in a tweet after she called him a white supremacist, is leaving SportsCenter to join The Undefeated  —  ESPN's SportsCenter will need a new co-host as Jemele Hill is expected to leave the show for a position with The Undefeated.
Will Oremus / Slate:
Google is testing Bulletin, an app for allowing local users to submit stories about their communities, as a limited pilot in Nashville, TN and Oakland, CA  —  Google appears to be testing a new tool for people to report and publish local news stories, called Bulletin.
Dave McNary / Variety:
Casey Affleck, accused of sexually abusive conduct in 2010, withdraws from customary role of prior year's best actor presenting best actress award at Oscars  —  Casey Affleck has withdrawn from presenting the best actress award at the March 4 Academy Award ceremonies.
Media Matters for America:
Cable news outlets CNN, Fox, and MSNBC devoted a scant 16+ minutes total to coverage of the Kentucky high school shooting  —  A deadly shooting rampage at a Kentucky high school that left two students dead and 18 others wounded received minimal coverage on cable news the day of the shooting.
Reuters:
China's Bytedance partners with BuzzFeed to distribute its content on Toutiao, though how Toutiao will select content not subject to censorship is unclear  —  BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A popular Chinese news portal has signed a deal with U.S. online media company BuzzFeed to distribute …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Sixth Tone and Quartz
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN reinstates political analyst Ryan Lizza, who was fired by The New Yorker after sexual misconduct allegations  —  CNN is reinstating Ryan Lizza, the Washington political reporter who was fired from the New Yorker for alleged sexual misconduct.  “Upon learning of The New Yorker's decision …
BBC:
Six male BBC on-air presenters agree to pay cuts following the resignation of Carrie Gracie as China editor because of pay inequity  —  Six of the BBC's leading male presenters have agreed to take pay cuts after revelations over equal salaries.  —  The BBC said Huw Edwards, Nicky Campbell …
Scott Hilton / blog.walmart.com:
Walmart to start selling ebooks, audiobooks, and ereaders powered by Rakuten's digital book arm, Kobo, as part of Walmart-Rakuten alliance  —  Today, we announced a strategic alliance with Rakuten, the number one e-commerce company in Japan.  —  Initially, the relationship focuses on two areas.
Reuters:
Sources: Viacom CEO Bob Bakish and CBS CEO Leslie Moonves held “exploratory” discussion on merging companies; boards expected to discuss merger in coming weeks  —  (Reuters) - Viacom Inc (VIAB.O) Chief Executive Bob Bakish and CBS Corp (CBS.N) CEO Leslie Moonves …
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Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Analysis of behind-the-scenes maneuvers to merge Viacom and CBS and the futures of CEOs Bob Bakish and Leslie Moonves, as Shari Redstone pushes for scale
Discussion: FierceCable
Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
Interview with BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti, on Facebook's News Feed changes and lack of revenue sharing, BuzzFeed's revenue miss in 2017, and more  —  Photo courtesy BuzzFeed.  —  BuzzFeed co-founder and CEO Jonah Peretti is the kind of guy who never sees the cloud, only the silver lining, no matter how dark things get.
Ashley Cullins / Hollywood Reporter:
Former assistant for Harvey Weinstein sues him and Weinstein Company for discrimination and harassment, detailing required tasks to support his liaisons  —  Sandeep Rehal claims she was required to clean up after his “extremely prolific sexual encounters.”  —  Harvey Weinstein's former …
Reuters:
Sources: Chinese live-video streaming startup Kuaishou is close to raising $1B led by Tencent at an ~$18B valuation and plans to IPO in the second half of 2018  —  Julie Zhu, Kane Wu  —  HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese live-video streaming start-up Kuaishou, backed by Tencent …
 
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Ryan Glasspiegel / The Big Lead:
Source: ESPN is exploring options for FiveThirtyEight, including a potential sale to an outlet like The Atlantic or moving the site under ABC News
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Reports: Kimi Yoshino, business editor at the LA Times and an editor on the Pulitzer-winning Bell corruption scandal stories, was suspended for two days