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1:35 PM ET, January 29, 2020

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Peter Kafka / Vox:
Casino operator Penn National Gaming buying 36% stake in Barstool Sports; deal values Barstool at $450M and lets Penn National buy a controlling stake later  —  Barstool Sports co-founder Dave Portnoy in 2018 |  Penn National Gaming is buying the online publisher — which can thank sports betting, and the Supreme Court for the deal.
Katherine Chiglinsky / Bloomberg:
Berkshire Hathaway to sell its BH Media unit and its 30 daily newspapers to St. Louis Post-Dispatch publisher Lee Enterprises for $140M in cash  —  Warren Buffett is getting out of the newspaper business.  —  Berkshire Hathaway Inc. sold its BH Media unit and its 30 daily newspapers …
Mary Louise Kelly / New York Times:
Journalists don't interview senior government officials to score political points, but rather to share the answers to tough questions when the stakes are high  —  Journalists are supposed to ask tough questions, then share the answers — or lack thereof — with the world.
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Bill Chappell / NPR:
NPR's CEO announces the outlet is asking the State Department to explain why it denied credentials for an NPR reporter to travel with Mike Pompeo to Europe
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
Trump praises Pompeo for his behavior with NPR reporter Mary Louise Kelly: “That was very impressive....I think you did a good job on her, actually.”
Ted Johnson / Deadline:
WaPo reinstates reporter Felicia Sonmez after her suspension following her tweets about a rape allegation against Kobe Bryant and her response to backlash  —  The Washington Post said it has reinstated political reporter Felicia Sonmez, who was suspended for a series of tweets about Kobe Bryant …
Dylan Byers / NBC News:
EIC Ben Smith is leaving BuzzFeed in early March to join NYT to write the Media Equation column made famous by David Carr  —  Smith will serve as the writer of the publication's “Media Equation” column, which became a must-read for media industry insiders under the David Carr, who died in 2015.
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Ben Smith turned BuzzFeed News, once seen as a clickbait factory, into an outlet that was twice a Pulitzer finalist and a winner of the George Polk Award
News Corp:
News Corp launches Knewz, a news aggregation platform covering more than 400 publishers that uses AI and human editors, available on the web, iOS, and Android  —  Groundbreaking News Platform Free of Filter Bubbles Launches in Beta;  —  Features Headlines from Publishers Large & Small, Left & Right, Here, There & Everywhere
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
The Guardian says it will no longer accept ads from companies that extract fossil fuels, becoming the first major news organization to institute such a ban  —  Move follows efforts to reduce carbon footprint and increase reporting on climate crisis  —  The Guardian will no longer accept advertising …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
AT&T lost 219K AT&T Now customers and 945K premium TV subscribers in Q4, and reports revenues of $8.9B, down 3.3% YoY  —  AT&T's top line was stung by its investment in HBO Max in the fourth quarter of 2019 to the tune of $1.2 billion in “foregone licensing revenues.”
Julia Carrie Wong / The Guardian:
Investigation: in 2019 Trump spent ~$20M on 218K+ Facebook ads, with the media and its “fake news” the top topic mentioned at 18.25%, followed by immigration  —  A Guardian investigation of 218,100 ads reveals how the campaign's sophisticated social media machine targets conservative voters
BBC:
BBC News to cut around 450 jobs as part of plans to reach its £80M savings target by 2022  —  Around 450 jobs will be cut from BBC News under plans to complete its £80m savings target by 2022.  —  There will be a reduction in the number of films produced by Newsnight …
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
Investigative Editing Corps, a project to pair investigative editors with local newsrooms, launched last week, after a pilot with two newsrooms in 2017  —  Like many people, Rose Ciotta has watched national news thrive while local news suffered.  But Ciotta turned her worries into something that might help.
Charles Bethea / New Yorker:
A deep look at what gets lost when local newspapers dwindle or disappear, through conversations with residents and elected officials in rural Pollocksville, NC  —  In Jones County, North Carolina, and many other places around the country, local journalism has just about dried up.
 
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Source: Facebook is changing programming strategy for Facebook Watch, backing off expensive original shows and live sports rights, as its budget rises to $1.4B
Tony Biasotti / Columbia Journalism Review:
California News Publishers Association voted Tuesday to let digital news outlets, which previously didn't have voting rights, participate fully in CNPA
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Whip Media Group, the parent company of TV and movie tracking app TV Time, raises $50M Series D, bringing its total raised to $115M
Discussion: Variety
Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Netflix is expected to lay off 15+ people from its marketing department this week, a small portion of its overall employee count of around 6,900
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Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Xana Antunes, a top editor at Quartz and former editor at NY Post, Fortune/CNN Money, Crain's New York Business, and CNBC, has died at 55 after cancer battle
Salvador Rodriguez / CNBC:
Facebook shares proposed bylaws for its oversight board, which some have called a content moderation “supreme court”, that leave Facebook firmly in control
Geoffrey Fowler / Washington Post:
Facebook says its Off-Facebook Activity tool, which lets users clear all the data passed onto Facebook by other apps and sites, is now available globally