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3:45 PM ET, January 7, 2019

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Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
Longtime producer Susan Zirinsky is replacing CBS News president David Rhodes in March; Rhodes will oversee Zirinsky's transition and later have advisory role  —  Longtime producer Susan Zirinsky is replacing CBS News President David Rhodes in March, becoming the first woman to lead the storied division in the network's history.
Emma Best:
A copy of the 5,000 word email WikiLeaks sent to news organizations, listing 140 “false” statements it doesn't want journalists to make about Julian Assange  —  Update: After publication, WikiLeaks responded by tweeting a version on pastelink.  They posted (and were apparently …
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Sahil Patel / Digiday:
Twitter has renewed BuzzFeed's live morning show, “AM to DM,” for a full year, having previously only done so on a quarterly basis  —  Twitter has renewed BuzzFeed's live morning show, “AM to DM,” for a full year.  —  The daily morning show, which first premiered on Twitter …
Discussion: Variety
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Source: Netflix discussed the potential problems Hasan Minhaj's episode would cause in Saudi Arabia before broadcast and even raised idea of scrapping it  —  Under Article 6, Paragraph 1 of Saudi Arabia's Anti-Cyber Crime Law, the following is punishable by up to five years in prison …
Maria Halkias / Dallas Morning News:
The Dallas Morning News lays off 43 employees, including 20 writers, editors, and newsroom support personnel, as ad revenue declined in recent months  —  As the newspaper industry struggles to stem declines in revenue, The Dallas Morning News on Monday laid off 43 employees in its newsroom and other parts of the company.
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
New York Observer's Ben Robinson is out as editor-in-chief after just 10 months in the role; the company says it does not plan to replace him  —  Observer Media has once again bounced its editor-in-chief — the latest sign of turmoil at the New York publication with ties to Jared Kushner …
Discussion: @nypost
James Walker / Press Gazette:
UK Ministry of Justice staff referred to a BuzzFeed News reporter as a “real bitch” and “crazy”, internal communications reveal  —  Government staff called a Buzzfeed UK news reporter a “bitch” and “crazy” in internal communications released under a data request by the journalist.
Discussion: BuzzFeed
Max Willens / Digiday:
Last week, Quartz told its UK commercial team it would be eliminating four jobs, citing a slowdown in 2018 partially caused by Brexit uncertainty  —  In the past year, Brexit and GDPR have stirred up unusually choppy water for publishers in the U.K. Now, their currents are claiming some casualties.
Discussion: @hadas_gold
Associated Press:
Roku discloses preliminary Q4 2018 data, saying there are now over 27M active accounts and streaming hours are up about 68% YoY to ~7.3B hours; stock jumps 22%+  —  Roku Inc. (Nasdaq: ROKU) today disclosed preliminary Q4 2018 data for two key operating metrics, active accounts and streaming hours …
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Yahoo Finance expands from five to eight hours of live programming and launches a number of new shows  —  Andrew Hoffman, the senior executive producer of Yahoo Finance, previewed the website's launch Monday of eight hours of live programming.  —  “We've all been watching the markets the last few weeks …
Max Willens / Digiday:
With new ownership, Fortune seeks to diversify revenue by moving into new markets in Asia, introducing a paywall, and adding new events in 2019  —  In 2019, as Fortune looks to diversify its revenue, it will cast its lines for many different kinds of fish.  —  Armed with new funds promised …
Discussion: @digiday
 
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Kali Hays / WWD:
Another 200 Vice employees, working at its TV operation Viceland and video operation Vice Digital, have unionized with the Writers Guild of America East
Judith Shulevitz / New York Times:
In the wake of the #MeToo movement, book publishers and magazines, including The New Yorker, are asking their writers to sign contracts with morality clause
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix's stock rose 5% in Monday morning trading, after it won five Golden Globes on Sunday night
Quint Forgey / Politico:
On Saturday, Trump used claims in Jill Abramson's new book to bash The New York Times but the paper's former exec editor defended it
Discussion: Newser
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InsideClimate News:
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The Authors Guild:
Survey of 5,067 US-based published book authors finds median author income in 2017 was $6,080, down 42% from 2009; median pay for full-time authors was $20,300
Jon Porter / The Verge:
Samsung's 2018 and 2019 TV models will be able to access iTunes content directly via a dedicated app and support Apple's AirPlay 2 wireless streaming standard