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1:15 PM ET, January 2, 2019

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Jenna Amatulli / HuffPost:
Netflix has removed an episode of “Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj” in Saudi Arabia after the country complained about MBS criticism over Khashoggi murder in show  —  In an episode of “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj,” the host criticizes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Yemen war.
Duke University School of Law:
Books, movies, and songs published in 1923 have become free to use as copyrights expired January 1, the first significant US Public Domain Day in 20 years  —  For the first time in over 20 years, on January 1, 2019, published works will enter the US public domain.1 Works from 1923 will be free …
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The rise of cord-cutting is hurting profit margins at cable and satellite providers, leading to programming blackouts and niche channels being dropped  —  Cable and satellite companies are struggling to reach deals with TV channels over how much they should have to pay for the content those channels provide.
Discussion: Deadline
Howard Kurtz / Fox News:
In her new book “Merchants of Truth”, former NYT Executive Editor Jill Abramson says the paper has become “unmistakably anti-Trump” under Dean Baquet  —  President Trump appears content to ride out partial government shutdown stalemate over border security funding
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Roku Channel adds premium subscriptions, with networks including Showtime, Starz, and Epix available on Roku devices and apps, Samsung smart TVs, and more  —  Pay for everything on one bill with your Roku account  —  The Roku Channel, which offers free-to-watch, ad-supported movies …
Sara Salinas / CNBC:
Netflix confirms it has hired Spencer Neumann as new CFO; source says Activision Blizzard fired Neumann because he was pursuing another job  —  - Netflix has hired Spencer Neumann as chief financial officer.  He was the former CFO at Activision Blizzard.  — Activision Blizzard fired Neuman …
Discussion: CNBC and Bloomberg, more at Techmeme »
Sharon Waxman / The Wrap:
The dominance of Netflix, Facebook, Google, and Amazon means the media industry will continue to consolidate in 2019, with smaller players losing out  —  There's no one I know in media who isn't scared of what the next 12 months will bring.  —  Here's the general picture:
Discussion: @larryschweikart
Robert P. Baird / Columbia Journalism Review:
The history of Jacobin, a socialist magazine with 40K print circulation, 1M monthly visitors to its site, a podcast, a book imprint, and more  —  The unlikely success of a socialist print magazine  —  Every successful magazine, like every successful revolution, condenses an atmosphere.
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
BuzzFeed UK reduced its losses by £1M YoY in 2017 to £2.3M on revenues of £33.4M  —  Buzzfeed UK made a pre-tax loss of £1.9m on turnover of 33.4m in 2017, new financial figures filed on Christmas Eve last year show.  —  The digital-only news website …
Columbia Journalism Review:
Designed to be heard, Serial isn't overburdened with quotes and statistics, as Sarah Koenig records her observations, doubts, and methods to guide narration  —  At the top of the transcripts page for the third season of Serial, a favorite on numerous year-end podcast lists, is a warning …
 
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Nu Yang / Editor & Publisher:
News executives from Tampa Bay Times CEO Paul Tash to San Diego Union-Tribune EIC Jeff Light discuss challenges, priorities, opportunities, and goals for 2019
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Financial Times:
Financial Times names Peter Spiegel next US managing editor. Gillian Tett appointed America editor-at-large and chair of US editorial board.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Trump gave his final interview of 2018 to Fox News, his 41st with the network since his inauguration; Fox's biggest shows campaign for Trump almost every day
New York Times:
In a formerly undisclosed memo from March, a top FTC enforcement official said Facebook wasn't at fault for Cambridge Analytica's abuses; FTC says probe ongoing