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6:10 PM ET, January 24, 2020


 Top News: 
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
Fox News opts for opinion programming over airing impeachment trial and broadcast networks stick to regular programming, unlike CNN and MSNBC  —  New York (CNN Business)Executives at Fox News shielded the channel's audience on Wednesday night from the impeachment trial proceedings playing …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
Democrats' impeachment trial tactic of repeating the same arguments mirrors the cable news business model of finding news and analyzing it ad nauseam  —  Steve Doocy isn't famous for self-awareness.  He's the blond fellow on the couch of “Fox & Friends.”  It's his job to say things that ridicule Democrats and bolster Republicans.
Discussion: Mediaite
Brent Lang / Variety:
Quibi CEO Meg Whitman apologizes for comparing reporters' friendly rapport with their sources to how sexual predators groom their targets  —  Quibi CEO Meg Whitman apologized for comparing journalists to sexual predators, saying her remarks did not convey her true feelings about the press.
Tad Walch / Deseret News:
Clayton Christensen, who created the theory of disruptive innovation and influenced CEOs at companies like Apple and Netflix, dies at 67  —  Clayton Christensen talks to people after giving his keynote speech at the Governor's Utah Economic Summit at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City on Thursday, April 3, 2014.
Mark Sweney / The Guardian:
Emma Tucker named Sunday Times editor, the first woman in the role since 1901  —  Times deputy editor replaces Martin Ivens, who joins Times Newspapers board  —  The Sunday Times has appointed Emma Tucker as its first female editor in more than a century.
Joe Lucia / Awful Announcing:
Minute Media, which bought The Big Lead and The Players' Tribune in 2019, has acquired FanSided from Meredith Corporation  —  We've been wondering what the future holds for Fansided for months now, dating back to Authentic Brands Group's purchase of Sports Illustrated last May. Fansided wasn't part of that deal.
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Trump and surrogates have poured attention on some local talk-radio hosts like Virginia's John Fredericks, a tactic that pays off with on-air support and praise  —  RICHMOND — With breakfast from McDonald's in his left hand and his softsided briefcase rolling behind him …
Wall Street Journal:
Amazon claims Prime Video has ~65K titles, but 66% of those are user uploaded, including thousands of short instructional clips and conspiracy theory videos  —  Streaming service touts its large collection of titles, but a majority are uploads—and questionable films are in the mix
Rick Porter / Hollywood Reporter:
Netflix's new vague viewership metric is based on two minutes of viewing time, replacing the old metric where a view meant watching 70% of a show or movie  —  The streamer's change to the way it measures viewers means it's harder to tell how many people actually watch a show as opposed to just sampling it.
Hanaa' Tameez / Nieman Lab:
Interview with Kary Antholis, a former HBO executive who now publishes Crime Story, a true crime site and podcast covering crime stories centered in LA  —  And hopefully to make some good TV along the way.  Kary Antholis' site Crime Story uses “a much more thematic, character-driven …
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
UK Culture Secretary launches investigation into whether DMGT's £49.6M purchase of the i paper adversely affects plurality of views in the UK newspaper market  —  Culture Secretary Nicky Morgan has formally intervened in Mail and Metro owner Daily Mail and General Trust's £49.6m purchase of the i paper from JPI Media.
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Li Yuan / New York Times:
As coronavirus spreads, many media outlets in China that played key roles in revealing the 2003 SARS outbreak have been silenced or sidelined by government
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
Discussion: TechCrunch, Adweek and Engadget
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
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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
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