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11:30 AM ET, January 3, 2019


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Hadas Gold / CNN:
Netflix faced a tough balancing act when Saudi officials claimed an episode of Hasan Minhaj's Patriot Act violated local law  —  London (CNN Business)What's the price of censoring one episode of a Netflix show in Saudi Arabia?  —  Though Netflix has not released specifics on the number …
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Departed White House staffers, including John Kelly and Rex Tillerson, validate stories about the Trump administration, despite Trump's claims of “fake news”  —  The Trump White House isn't big on sharing information or answering questions asked on behalf of the public.
Li Yuan / New York Times:
Inside Beijing-based Beyondsoft and its “censorship factories”, with 4,000+ staff monitoring online content for media companies eager to please China's censors  —  Thousands of low-wage workers in “censorship factories” trawl the online world for forbidden content …
Radio & Television Business Report:
Gray TV completes acquisition of Raycom Media and now holds stations in 91 US markets; nine stations and Raycom's community newspaper unit, CNHI, were spun off  —  For the last time, we present to you the Raycom Media logo.  That's because Raycom no longer exists — it has been officially swallowed …
Jesse Damiani / The Verge:
Netflix's interactive format for films like Bandersnatch makes content harder to pirate, increases viewer engagement, and generates insightful data about users  —  Light spoilers for Black Mirror's interactive episode Bandersnatch ahead.  —  On Friday, December 28th, after months of speculation …
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Devin Coldewey / TechCrunch:
The US Senate confirms FCC commissioners Brendan Carr and Geoffrey Starks, bringing the five seats to three Republicans and two Democrats, for five-year terms  —  The Senate has officially confirmed the incoming FCC commissioners, Brendan Carr and Geoffrey Starks have been officially confirmed by the Senate for their five-year terms.
Michael Calderone / Politico:
Former NYT Editor Jill Abramson says Fox News host Howard Kurtz took her new book “totally out of context” and attempted to “Foxify” it  —  FORMER NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR JILL ABRAMSON SAYS Fox News host Howard Kurtz took her forthcoming book, Merchants of Truth …
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
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
A carriage dispute forces 33 Tribune Media stations off the air, affecting about 6M Charter cable customers, including 1.5M around Los Angeles  —  Nearly three dozen Tribune Media television stations, including KTLA Channel 5 in Los Angeles, went dark Wednesday afternoon …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
The Telegraph hires William Sitwell, the former Waitrose Food magazine editor who stepped down over comments made to a vegan freelancer, as a restaurant critic  —  The Telegraph has appointed William Sitwell, the former Waitrose Food magazine editor who stepped down over comments he made in an email …
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