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9:20 AM ET, January 17, 2020

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Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook puts off its effort to build ads into WhatsApp as it focuses on B2C communications, but will sell ads in WhatsApp's Status at some point  —  Social-media giant scraps earlier strategy, seeks other ways to monetize messaging service used by 1.5 billion
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
NBC says Peacock will launch on July 15 and have a free tier with limited programming and two premium tiers, at $4.99/month with ads and $9.99/month with no ads  —  Comcast is introducing three different subscription tiers  —  NBCUniversal's streaming service, Peacock …
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Lesley Goldberg / Hollywood Reporter:
Peacock announces six series in its development slate, produced via Universal as well as from outside studios; Hatching Twitter will be the basis for one series
Joe Tidy / BBC:
Following a BBC investigation, Twitter apologizes for letting ads be micro-targeted using keywords like “transphobic”, “white supremacists”, and “anti-gay”  —  Twitter has apologised for allowing adverts to be micro-targeted at certain users such as neo-Nazis, homophobes and other hate groups.
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
In an attempt to diversify into non-politics coverage, Fox News' streaming service Fox Nation will add programming for country music, hunting, fishing, and more  —  Expansion into country music and fishing reflects an effort to go beyond politics  —  Since its early days …
Bloomberg Law:
Sources: DOJ is organizing meetings with publishers including News Corp., Condé Nast, and NYT, seeking info about how Google operates in the digital ad market  —  The U.S. Justice Department is organizing meetings with large publishing companies to seek information …
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Adam Goldman / New York Times:
Sources: DOJ is investigating a years-old leak about a Russian intelligence document, focusing on whether James Comey illegally supplied details to reporters  —  An inquiry into years-old disclosures of classified information is highly unusual and leaves law enforcement officials open to accusations of politicizing their work.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Telegraph Media Group pulls out of ABC circulation audit, will publish subscriber numbers each month as it aims for 10M registered users, 1M subscribers by 2023  —  Telegraph Media Group, publisher of the Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, is pulling out of the ABC newspaper circulation audit …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Forecast: Netflix will spend ~$17.3B on content in 2020, up from ~$15.3B in 2019, mostly on originals; Disney has said it will spend ~$1B on Disney+ originals  —  Netflix is keeping its foot pressed firmly on the gas pedal in the streaming-video road race.  —  The streamer will invest …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Hulu to debut an ad format that will let viewers choose between ads from a brand, and a format allowing viewers to get additional brand info on their phones  —  Hulu is preparing to roll out new forms of advertising this year — one which will allow viewers to have more say in the ads that plays …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch urges the UK government to speed up plans for an online regulator as a bill to grant interim powers to Ofcom is introduced  —  Sky's chief executive has urged the Government to speed up its plans for an online regulator as a bill to grant interim powers to Ofcom was introduced in the House of Lords.
 
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Billboard parent company Valence Media sells Spin to Next Management Partners and reaches an agreement with Stereogum leadership to buy the brand back
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox News, CNN ask Senate to use C-SPAN's cameras for the impeachment trial, back C-SPAN's request for a less restricted view of the floor debates
Elias Leight / Rolling Stone:
Layoffs at iHeartMedia, which controls 800+ radio stations, reflect long-term consolidation trends that silence local voices and homogenize viewpoints and music
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Turkey lifted a two-and-a-half year ban on Wikipedia on Wednesday, restoring access after the country's top court ruled that blocking it was unconstitutional
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