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9:20 AM ET, January 16, 2020

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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.
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 …
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.
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.
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 …
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  —  FILE - This 2015 file photo provided by Rudicil Photography shows Laura Belin in Windsor Heights, Iowa.
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  —  HBO just announced something I've been working on for a couple of years: A documentary titled “AFTER TRUTH: DISINFORMATION AND THE COST OF FAKE NEWS.” The film will premiere on TV and online this March. Directed by @a_rossi!
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  —  TWO STATES.  EIGHT TEXTBOOKS.  TWO AMERICAN STORIES.  —  American history textbooks can differ across the country, in ways that are shaded by partisan politics.
 
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James Vincent / The Verge:
In a Q&A, Jack Dorsey discusses Twitter's thinking around an edit button and says “we'll probably never do it”
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
Elaine Low / Variety:
Sources: Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal Content Studios George Cheeks has stepped down, to succeed Joe Ianniello as the head of CBS within ViacomCBS
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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
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iHeartMedia announces a restructuring to “modernize operations”, with layoffs affecting on-air hosts, program directors, and others in multiple cities
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sensor Tower: Disney+ was downloaded 30M+ times in the US in Q4 2019, besting TikTok; Disney+ now has 41M+ installs and generated ~$97M in revenue to date
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google says it will phase out support for third-party cookies in Chrome within two years