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5:45 PM ET, January 30, 2020

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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.” https://twitter.com/...
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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:
Vogue.com will launch a shopping vertical with curated, shoppable style advice, following the failure of Style.com, 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
Reuters:
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:
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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:
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