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2:25 PM ET, January 31, 2020

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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 …
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.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Maryland's 165-year-old Montgomery Sentinel has shut down; circulation of the editions serving the state's two largest counties fell from 200K in the 90s to 5K  —  They're closing up the office now, with its musty odor of moldering newsprint and decrepit bound copies stacked neck-high.
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Netflix's Ted Sarandos says the company aims to produce four to six animated movies a year, following the success of Klaus, its first venture into the medium  —  Netflix is in the movie business for the long haul as it looks to fill creative voids left by the focus at the major studios …
Discussion: The Streamable
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.
Melynda Fuller / MediaPost:
Daily newsletter Morning Brew says it has grown revenue from $3M to $13M in 2019 and expects to hit 2M subscribers in the spring  —  Media email newsletter Morning Brew is reporting a surge in revenue, new subscribers and a slate of key new hires as it enters its fifth year.
Kate Oh / @kathoh:
[Thread] Severe media restrictions at the Senate impeachment trial created artificial distance between the public and the event and blocked historic images  —  A few thoughts about a crucially important but underrated aspect of the Senate impeachment trial as the final votes near: the severe restrictions on press freedoms. Why did Senate leaders go to the trouble of making it so difficult for the press to report on the trial? 1/
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
A look at the evolution of morning shows as they figure out how to balance hard news with their hallmark lighter tone and their anchors take on more roles  —  Robin Roberts needs to rely on more than just her journalism training to survive on “Good Morning America.”
Discussion: @variety and FTVLive
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.
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 …
 
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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
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
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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
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
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