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11:45 PM ET, January 20, 2020


 Top News: 
New York Times:
Journalists at the Chicago Tribune say they are worried that Alden Global Capital will impose draconian cuts, as it has elsewhere, hurting local journalism  —  Journalists worry that a New York hedge fund with a big stake in the paper will impose draconian cuts, as it has elsewhere.
Ashley Feinberg / Slate:
After weeks of hyping up its decision-making process, the NYT's verdict that “the best woman” should win the nomination has undermined itself and the candidates  —  After weeks of buildup, a slow trickle of candidate Q&A transcripts, and no less than four separate New York Times pieces …
New York Times:
NYT backs Klobuchar and Warren for the Democratic nomination, saying it wanted to pick the most effective advocates for both moderate and progressive policies  —  THE DEMOCRATS' BEST CHOICES FOR PRESIDENT  —  American voters must choose between three sharply divergent visions of the future.
Tony Hall to step down as Director General of the BBC in the summer, after seven years in the role  —  Tony Hall is to step down as director general of the BBC in the summer, after seven years in the role … You can also follow @BBCBreaking on Twitter to get the latest alerts.
Sam Byford / The Verge:
Netflix will carry all 21 films from Studio Ghibli, the makers of Spirited Away, in all countries outside the US, Canada, and Japan; first batch coming Feb. 1  —  Netflix has acquired the rights to 21 feature films from the beloved Japanese animation house Studio Ghibli for all regions outside the US, Canada, and Japan.
Danielle K. Kilgo / The Conversation:
Study of 2017 Texas newspaper coverage: anti-Trump protests and women's marches got more coverage and more favorable framing than anti-racism protests  —  The new decade is just days old, but in one respect it is already shaping up like the last one: with mass protests around the world.
Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Source: Josh Goldstine, who was ousted as Universal Pictures' marketing chief amid a misconduct probe, won a judgment against the studio reportedly worth ~$20M  —  The studio's former marketing chief, ousted in March 2018 amid a misconduct investigation, has won an arbitration award in the ballpark of $20 million.
Discussion: The Wrap and @thrmattbelloni
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
A look at MediaReview, a proposal to create a machine-readable standard for presenting visual misinformation with categories like “missing context” and “edited”  —  One thing you learn when you start fact-checking is that, while some things are clearly true or false, there's a lot that falls in between.
The Intercept:
Court docs: after a search warrant, Facebook gave Puerto Rico private info from student news outlets; some fear it was a politically motivated search for crimes  —  As seven University of Puerto Rico students prepare to face trial in February for participating in a nonviolent protest more than two years ago …
Sean Burch / The Wrap:
Ampere Analysis: 39% of Americans with internet access were paying for three or more streaming services in mid-2019, up 6% YoY  —  Maybe stream fatigue isn't a thing anymore, with more Americans than ever before paying for at least three streaming services, according to a new survey released by Ampere Analysis on Monday morning.
Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Privacy experts criticize UK regulator for not taking action against adtech's unlawful targeted ads, saying it imposes cosmetic fixes to a systemic problem  —  The UK's data protection regulator has been slammed by privacy experts for once again failing to take enforcement action …
Discussion: MediaNama and @wolfiechristl
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Jem Aswad / Variety:
Interim Grammy chief says that ousted president and CEO Deborah Dugan sought millions to step down and withdraw accusations she had made against the Academy
Catherine Adams / Nieman Lab:
Newsrooms in Europe, inspired by the US' Pop-Up Magazine, are experimenting with live news formats, like presenting unpublished stories, in theaters
Researchers: France Libre 24, a far-right site which looks like a French news outlet and has ~150K visitors/mo, is run by a group of Polish far-right activists
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Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Instagram removes the IGTV button from its home page; Sensor Tower: IGTV's standalone app was downloaded 1.1M times in the US since its launch in June 2018
Tim Ingham / Music Business Worldwide:
SoundCloud's filing in the UK shows its 2018 revenue grew 19% YoY to ~$127M, with operating losses dropping to $38.7M
Discussion: Your EDM
John Koblin / New York Times:
In 2019, ~130 original nature shows aired, more than previous three years combined; BBC America Saturday viewership rose 35% after shift to wildlife programming
Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook removes a network of several dozen Pages that were coordinating posts defending a Trump impeachment probe figure, which BuzzFeed first revealed in Nov.
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Spotify in early talks to buy The Ringer, founded by Bill Simmons, which has a podcast network that had revenue of $15M+ in 2018