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12:30 PM ET, January 16, 2020

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Denise Petski / Deadline:
Ronan Farrow's first investigative documentary for HBO, part of a three-year-deal, will focus on threats and violence faced by journalism covering corruption  —  HBO has begun production on the first project in its multi-film deal with best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow.
BuzzFeed News:
Documents from the Mueller probe show Fox News' Sean Hannity served as a central point of contact and adviser for Trump and allies who were under investigation  —  WASHINGTON — Sean Hannity has never been shy about using his highly rated Fox News show to express his disdain …
Brianna Sacks / BuzzFeed News:
A Michigan reporter wrote that a state senator objectified and humiliated her; the senator has now apologized, and senate leaders called for an investigation  —  “It's so normalized.  You hear something and you don't take the time to say something," Allison Donahue said.
Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
Sources: Alden Global Capital, which now owns 32% of Tribune Publishing, is exerting its power, with Alden execs advising on cost cutting, including headcount  —  Missiles and drone strikes may have temporarily driven everyone's eyes elsewhere — including those in the news industry …
Billboard:
Billboard parent company Valence Media sells Spin to Next Management Partners and reaches an agreement with Stereogum leadership to buy the brand back  —  Music publications Spin and Stereogum will no longer be a part of Billboard-The Hollywood Reporter Media Group, parent company Valence Media announced today (Jan. 16).
Nicholas Quah / Hot Pod News:
Podcast service Luminary lowers monthly price from $7.99 to $4.99 and introduces an annual plan at $34.99  —  Just got this from the Luminary comms team: the paid podcast platform is adjusting its prices.  The standard monthly price in the US is now $4.99 — down from $7.99, a fairly big dip.
Rebecca Jennings / Vox:
Talent agencies WME and UTA sign TikTok stars Chase Hudson, Charli D'Amelio, and creative collective Hype House, affirming TikTok's role as a talent incubator  —  Popular e-boys on TikTok are nabbing fashion and entertainment deals.  They could be the boy bands of the 2020s, with way better style and minus the actual singing.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Henry Blodget lays out Insider's growth targets for the next five years: 1M paid subscribers, up from ~200K now, doubling news staff to 1,000, and more  —  Henry Blodget, co-founder and CEO of Business Insider/Insider Inc., summoned his staff last Thursday for a start-of-the-new decade meeting …
 
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Ryan J. Foley / Associated Press:
For the second year in a row, the Republican-controlled Iowa Legislature has denied press credentials to a journalist whose writing is critical of its policies
Brian Stelter / @brianstelter:
[Thread] HBO to air a documentary in March on “fake news” and the impact of disinformation, directed by Andrew Rossi and executive produced by Brian Stelter
Dana Goldstein / New York Times:
Some publishers issue multiple versions of textbooks with different narratives of US history in CA and TX, partly due to political pressure from the states
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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Nexstar to launch News Nation, a three-hour primetime nightly national newscast, broadcast from Chicago on the WGN America cable channel, in mid-summer
BBC:
In New Year's speech to staff, Tony Hall says BBC will move more of its news operations out of London, focus on big themes like climate change and AI, and more