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5:45 PM ET, January 30, 2020


 Top News: 
Oliver Darcy / @oliverdarcy:
Memo: WaPo Editor Marty Baron encourages staff to seek feedback on social media posts and says the newsroom is reviewing its social media policy from 2011  —  News: Marty Baron just sent this email about social media use to The Washington Post newsroom. “It is not always easy to know where to draw the line.”
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Felicia Sonmez's suspension exposes the tyranny of newsroom social media policies, which often read like hamfisted attempts to reconcile competing impulses
Eli Glasner / CBC News:
Canadian panel report recommends requiring that “media curators” like Netflix invest in local shows and that they ensure discoverability of Canadian content  —  Heritage minister has said legislation could be coming within the year  —  A sweeping new report on Canada's broadcasting …
Mike Barnes / Hollywood Reporter:
Fred Silverman, the longtime TV programmer who was president of ABC Entertainment and NBC and also worked at CBS, has died at 82  —  Known as “The Man With the Golden Gut,” he green-lighted projects like ‘All in the Family,’ ‘Roots’ and ‘Hill Street Blues’ at CBS, ABC and NBC.
Freddy Mayhew / Press Gazette:
Press Pad, a program that pairs unpaid media interns with London hosts who provide housing and mentoring, runs into criticism for adding a new fee of £600/month  —  A scheme partnering unpaid media interns with hosts who can provide them with accommodation and mentoring has come under fire …
Discussion: @the_crox and @alexpleasants
Kathryn Hopkins / WWD: will launch a shopping vertical with curated, shoppable style advice, following the failure of, Conde Nast's previous foray into e-commerce  —  Rickie De Sole will lead the push in her newly created executive fashion director role.  —  Condé Nast is not giving …
Discussion: @edwardbarsamian
Financial Times:
Sources: Boris Johnson's government will launch a consultation next week on ending criminal penalties for those who refuse to pay the BBC licensing fee  —  Boris Johnson's government will launch its first strike on BBC funding next week, opening a formal process to lift the criminal penalties on those refusing to pay the licence fee.
John Glenday / The Drum:
Survey finds that 37% of Britons listen to podcasts on a monthly basis as do 54% of households with income of £75K+, 14% of people aged 16-29 listen daily  —  Shining a light on podcast advertising, DMA research has found that 27% of weekly podcast listeners discover new brands via voice advertising.
Stephanie Sengwe / The Streamable:
Jeff Bezos said Amazon Prime members watched twice the number of hours of original movies and TV shows on Prime Video in Q4 compared to the prior year  —  Amazon released their Q4 2019 earnings report today and announced that the time viewers spend watching Prime Video content is growing.
Discussion: Variety
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
France-Antilles, a trio of outlets in French Guiana, Guadeloupe, and Martinique, has been liquidated, making them the first regions of France without a daily  —  Three French territories situated some 4,000 miles from the country's mainland are about to lose their daily newspapers.
Discussion: @yarimarbonilla
Verizon adds 790K phone customers in Q4, well above estimates of 525K subscribers, as it benefited from including Disney+ in some of its plans  —  Verizon Communications Inc on Thursday added more monthly mobile phone subscribers than expected as it benefited from including Disney+ streaming service with some of its plans.
Discussion: MediaPost, Variety, CNN and @loudmouthjulia
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Julian Knight named chairman of UK's Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee; he has called for a shift from the BBC license fee to a subscription model
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Snapchat launches Bitmoji TV, 4-minute comedy cartoons with users' avatars, on a dedicated Snapchat Show page to which users can subscribe to get notifications
Danielle Abril / Fortune:
Survey of 12,043 US adults: 59% distrust Facebook for political and election news, including 62% of Republicans and 59% of Democrats, while 48% distrust Twitter
Julie Reynolds / DFM Workers:
Alden Global Capital has acquired a $9.2M stake in Lee Enterprises, or 5.9%, based on an SEC filing made the same day Lee announced it will acquire BH Media
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Isaac Chotiner / New Yorker:
Q&A with Ben Smith on his move to NYT, his lack of doubt about publishing the Steele dossier, BuzzFeed's young union, and the merging of politics and media
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
ABC News suspends chief national correspondent Matt Gutman for wrongly reporting that all four of Kobe Bryant's daughters were on the helicopter that crashed
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
BBC News to cut around 450 jobs as part of plans to reach its £80M savings target by 2022
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
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