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10:35 AM ET, January 31, 2020


 Top News: 
Sean Hollister / The Verge:
Roku pulls Fox apps, including Fox Sports, which is airing the Super Bowl, from its devices due to a carriage dispute as Fox's distribution deal expires Friday  —  It's a carriage dispute, Roku tells us  —  If you were hoping to watch the Super Bowl on your Roku TV or set-top box …
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.”
The Daily Beast:
Some former Deadspin writers to blog about the Super Bowl for a pop-up site, Unnamed Temporary Sports Blog Dot Com, sponsored by a password management company  —  The irreverent “Unnamed Temporary Sports Blog Dot Com” is underwritten by a password-security company and features not-so-subtle digs at Deadspin's bosses.
Jill Goldsmith / Deadline:
AT&T's John Stankey says TNT and TBS will shift to more unscripted programming: “we all know that general entertainment is not performing as well”  —  AT&T COO John Stankey said programming at Turner's TNT and TBS will shift to more unscripted programming as general entertainment networks suffer in the ratings.
Discussion: Variety and Broadcasting & Cable
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
CBS CEO Joe Ianniello is leaving ViacomCBS and will be replaced by NBCU's George Cheeks, effective March 23  —  NBCUniversal alum George Cheeks is set to take the reins of CBS as longtime CBS corporate leader Joe Ianniello departs after 22 years with the company.
Discussion: Adweek, Los Angeles Times and CNBC
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.
Richard Orange / The Guardian:
Swedish media association has urged the Swedish government to act against China's efforts to undermine press freedom, including denying visas and making threats  —  Media body says journalists are denied visas, while editors receive stream of threatening emails and phone calls
Julie Halpert / Current:
Minnesota law giving parties access to voters' affiliations leads some local outlets to consider prohibiting or discouraging voting among their journalists  —  A change in Minnesota's state voting laws has sparked a debate over how to balance journalistic ethics with one of the most basic civic rights …
New York Times:
The government's prepublication review system, which is checking John Bolton's book, needs reform because it gives agencies unchecked power to suppress speech  —  The fate of his memoir is up to government censors.  That's troubling.  —  The writers are lawyers at the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia.
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The Atlantic ended an honorary “contributing editor” list on its masthead after some black staffers objected to adding Rahm Emanuel's name to the list  —  Last May, the Atlantic announced that Rahm Emanuel, who'd just left his post as Chicago mayor, would be joining the magazine as a contributing editor.
Brian X. Chen / New York Times:
Americans spent $170 on average on streaming TV services in 2019, a 30% increase since 2017, when they spent $130  —  The dollars are adding up fast.  So here are some tips for pruning the subscriptions you no longer use.  —  Online subscriptions sure sound cheap, but what do a few bucks …
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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
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
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Brent Lang / Variety:
Emma Watts has resigned as president of production at Twentieth Century Studios, joining several other Fox veterans who left the company after the Disney merger
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
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