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12:55 PM ET, January 17, 2020


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Ben Sisario / New York Times:
Recording Academy's removal of its CEO came three weeks after she filed a memo about voting irregularities and financial mismanagement  —  The chief executive was placed on administrative leave following an “allegation of misconduct,” three weeks after sending a memo about voting irregularities and financial mismanagement.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Senate impeachment trial press restrictions force reporters into pens and prevent them from the common practice of interviewing senators in the Senate basement  —  New York (CNN Business)Reporters on Capitol Hill are facing a security crackdown that limits their ability to question US Senators during …
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
Madhumita Murgia / Financial Times:
Exec at ICO, the UK's data protection regulator, says adtech companies are not complying with GDPR and must “prepare for the ICO to utilize its wider powers”  —  The UK's data protection regulator is braced to do battle with the country's £13bn online advertising industry …
Discussion: TechCrunch and The Drum
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 …
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
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 …
Source: Disney is dropping the “Fox” brand with 20th Century Fox becoming 20th Century Studios and Fox Searchlight Pictures changed to Searchlight Pictures  —  The mouse has officially killed the fox.  —  In a move at once unsurprising and highly symbolic …
Discussion: /Film and The Verge
Nellie Andreeva / Deadline:
Facebook Watch cancels two scripted series amid a shift to unscripted shows, following in YouTube's footsteps  —  EXCLUSIVE: Facebook Watch has opted not to renew its original series Sorry For Your Loss, starring Elizaeth Olsen, for a third season and Limetown, headlined by Jessica Biel, for a second.
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.
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 …
Discussion: @larakiara
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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
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Joe Tidy / BBC:
Following a BBC investigation, Twitter apologizes for letting ads be micro-targeted using keywords like “transphobic”, “white supremacists”, and “anti-gay”
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
Discussion: The Guardian