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5:50 PM ET, January 7, 2019


 Top News: 
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 …
Guy Faulconbridge / Reuters:
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.
CNN and Fox News have agreed to Trump's request to air his presidential address tomorrow at 9PM ET but the other networks are still deliberating  —  (CNN)The big four broadcast networks are deliberating over President Donald Trump's request to air a Tuesday night prime time address on border security, a network executive told CNN.
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.
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 …
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 …
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 …
Discussion: MediaPost, Thanks:@steverubel
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  —  “No way.  I'm not signing that,” a New Yorker writer said when she saw the terms.  —  When you see publishers and authors chatting chummily …
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
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 …
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
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
As 2020 campaign coverage begins, early signs suggest that the press is repeating the mistakes of 2016: focusing on gaffes and personalities instead of policies
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
Texas Monthly:
Dan Goodgame, formerly Washington bureau chief for Time magazine, is taking over Texas Monthly as editor-in-chief
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix's stock rose 5% in Monday morning trading, after it won five Golden Globes on Sunday night
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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
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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