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6:45 PM ET, January 23, 2020

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PBS NewsHour:
Jim Lehrer, a longtime PBS news anchor who moderated a dozen presidential debates and wrote about 20 novels, has died at 85  —  PBS NewsHour co-founder Jim Lehrer, a giant in journalism known for his tenacity and dedication to simply delivering the news, died Thursday at the age of 85.
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Jim Rich, formerly EIC for the New York Daily News, has been appointed EIC of Deadspin, the G/O Media site where the entire staff resigned last fall  —  Jim Rich is stepping in to lead the site months after the entire staff resigned to protest the chief executive of parent G/O Media
Alex Barker / Financial Times:
Comcast's NBC and Sky to launch NBC Sky World News, an international news channel, this summer; they will open ten new bureaus worldwide and hire 100-200 staff  —  Comcast's NBC and Sky will this summer attempt to overturn three decades of CNN pre-eminence in international television news …
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Annie Palmer / CNBC:
Comcast beats Q4 expectations: profit rose 26% YoY to $3.16B on revenue of $28.39B; NBCU revenue fell 2.6% YoY to $9.2B; Sky revenue rose 0.4% YoY to $5.04B  —  - Comcast beat on both the top and bottom lines in its fourth-quarter results.  — The company added 442,000 …
Hamilton Nolan / Columbia Journalism Review:
CJR's new “public editor” for The Washington Post notes the newspaper's profitability, and lingering wage issues, as it blends serious stories with clickbait  —  It would be trite to force an Amazon metaphor onto the Washington Post in my first column just because they are both owned by the same rich guy.
Emma Loop / BuzzFeed News:
Sources: the director of national intelligence missed a deadline to send a report to Congress identifying those responsible for Jamal Khashoggi's death  —  WASHINGTON — The country's top intelligence official has failed to turn over to Congress a report on the killing of Washington Post …
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Wall Street Journal:
UN officials call for further investigation into the alleged hacking of Jeff Bezos' phone in 2018 by Saudi's MbS, targeting Bezos “principally” as WaPo's owner
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
A look at results from a test by NYT R&D's The News Provenance Project, which stored image metadata on the blockchain to help users identify faked photos  —  Can blockchain save journalism?  The Magic 8-Ball's best answer thus far appears to be “Outlook not so good.”
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
BBC World Service to air My World, a show to help kids over 13 spot fake news, by explaining the stories behind news  —  Angelina Jolie and the BBC want to give young viewers real tools to stop fake news,  —  Jolie will executive produce “BBC My World,” a program that explains …
Melynda Fuller / MediaPost:
PopSugar names Angelica Marden as general manager, leading both editorial operations and business efforts, reporting to founder-president Lisa Sugar  —  Women's lifestyle brand PopSugaris tasking Angelica Marden with leading both its editorial operations and business efforts as its new general manager.
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
The FT leads in female representation in top media jobs: five of its eleven top leaders are women, who make up 45% of its global management, up from 11% in 2016  —  Gender representation at the very top of the journalism pyramid has been deeply unequal since...forever.
Discussion: Financial Times
Todd Spangler / Variety:
NBC's Olympics unit teams up with Snapchat again, with plans to produce 70+ episodes across four daily Snapchat shows covering the 2020 Tokyo Olympics  —  NBC is again turning to Snapchat as part of monetizing its Olympics media rights — coveting the app's millions of millennials and Gen Z users.
Discussion: TechCrunch, Adweek and Engadget
 
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Arron Banks drops part of his libel lawsuit against Carole Cadwalladr, a suit that press freedom groups say is intended to stifle public interest reporting
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
TikTok signs licensing deal with music rights agency Merlin for indie label music in videos and, source says, in its upcoming music streaming service, Resso
Ricki Morell / Nieman Reports:
NYT's The 1619 Project, a collaboration between journalists and scholars, shows how historically informed journalism provides crucial context to reporting
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Joe Otterson / Variety:
Bill Abbott, president/CEO of Hallmark Channel parent Crown Media, is leaving, about a month after Hallmark pulled an ad with a same-sex couple, and backtracked
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
CBS News names Reince Priebus as a political analyst; Priebus has been RNC chairman and was White House chief of staff for the first six months of Trump's term
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
Source: Serial Productions, the company behind the true-crime podcast Serial, is exploring a sale, with The New York Times among potential buyers
CityAM:
Report: BBC will announce significant cuts to its news operation as reforms are pushed through before next DG's appointment; BBC News channel will be unaffected
Hamish McKenzie / Substack Blog:
Substack rolls out new publishing tools for teams including multi-admin access, support for multiple bylines, and author profile pages
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
Amazon says Amazon Music has 55M users across six different price tiers, including a free tier, “nearly all” of which are paying subscribers