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2:00 AM ET, February 4, 2020


 Top News: 
Wall Street Journal:
Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs escorted out of Trump campaign Iowa press event on Monday, after a Dec. campaign pledge to no longer credential Bloomberg reporters  —  President Trump's re-election campaign escorted a Bloomberg News reporter from an event in Iowa, following a pledge no longer …
Jon Allsop / Columbia Journalism Review:
Ahead of today's caucuses in Iowa, there is ample indication that media is repeating all the framing errors that shaped coverage in 2016
Ben Smith / BuzzFeed News:
The numbers from the spiked Des Moines Register poll in Iowa circulated among some journalists, and some of them say the poll quietly influenced their coverage
Adam Wren / Politico:
LGBT reporters covering Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay mainstream presidential candidate, say they bring a unique perspective that straight reporters lack
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Campaign coverage ahead of Iowa caucuses was dominated by the impeachment as ABC, CBS, and NBC nightly news devoted 10 minutes of airtime vs 86 minutes in 2016
Lauren Feiner / CNBC:
Alphabet breaks out revenue numbers for YouTube ads for the first time, says they generated $4.7B in Q4 revenue and $15.15B in fiscal 2019, up from $11.16B YoY  —  - Google broke out numbers for YouTube and Cloud for the first time Monday.  — YouTube ads generated $15.15 billion in revenue in 2019 …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Sundar Pichai says YouTube Music and YouTube Premium together have more than 20M paying subscribers, and YouTube TV has more than 2M subscribers in the US  —  YouTube Music and YouTube Premium together have more than 20 million paying subscribers, and YouTube TV — Google's …
Pippa Crerar /
Journalists from every major UK broadcaster and paper walk out after attempts to remove those from left-of-center publications from a Downing Street briefing  —  Members of every major national news outlet left a Downing Street briefing in protest in an escalation of tensions between Boris Johnson's team and the media
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed News:
Cards Against Humanity has purchased ClickHole from G/O Media for an undisclosed cash sum; ClickHole employees will become the majority owners of the site  —  Cards Against Humanity, the card game company, purchased from its owners at G/O Media on Monday for an undisclosed amount …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Sources: last year WaPo editor Marty Baron threatened to fire reporter Wesley Lowery after he posted a series of tweets about racism in the Tea Party  —  The newspaper's Kobe Bryant tweet mess last week wasn't the first time WaPo bosses got into heated clashes with reporters over social-media policy.
Emily Peck / HuffPost:
Sources: handling of Felicia Sonmez's tweets is the latest example of unequal treatment of men and women at WaPo, also reflected in its coverage and pay gap
Sarah Scire / Nieman Lab:
BuzzFeed News is recruiting three “Teen Ambassadors”, aged 16 to 19, to create TikTok and Instagram videos as part of the site's 2020 election coverage  —  BuzzFeed News is looking for a few good teens.  The news division of the popular entertainment site is recruiting a brand …
Kate Feldman / New York Daily News:
Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh announces on his show that he has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer and will miss some shows during his treatment  —  Rush Limbaugh, the loudmouthed conservative radio host, announced on his show Monday that he has been diagnosed with advanced lung cancer.
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
HBO Max acquires “On the Record”, the documentary about a Russell Simmons accuser that Oprah pulled from Apple TV+  —  Following a thunderstorm of Oprah Winfrey-related controversy and a successful Sundance film festival premiere, “On the Record” has secured domestic distribution at HBO Max.
Discussion: The Wrap
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
A look at DirecTV's problems as AT&T increasingly treats the once best-in-class pay TV service, which lost nearly 3M subscribers in 2019, like a relic  —  Last summer, a 14,000-pound satellite named T-16 was shot into space.  —  With little fanfare, it joined the orbiting fleet …
Giles Hattersley / British Vogue:
Naga Munchetty talks about the aftermath of speaking out against Trump's racist remarks, being at the center of a BBC crisis, institutional racism, and more  —  When queen of breakfast TV Naga Munchetty spoke out against Donald Trump's racist remarks, she didn't expect to become the centre of a BBC crisis.
Mia Galuppo / Hollywood Reporter:
Sources: Disney paid $75M for global rights to the Hamilton film, a stage performance by the original cast captured in 2016 and set to be released in fall 2021  —  The Lin-Manuel Miranda-led production will hit the big screen in 2021.  —  Disney is bringing Hamilton to the big screen.
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Hulu's Randy Freer and Twentieth Century's Emma Watts chose to depart rather than accept lesser roles as Disney's strategy for Fox assets became clear
Discussion: @jbflint
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
ViacomCBS will launch its free, ad-supported streaming service Pluto TV in Latin America at the end of March and Brazil at the end of 2020
Discussion: Reuters and The Streamable
Tribune Publishing says its CEO Timothy Knight is leaving and will be succeeded by EVP and CFO Terry Jimenez, who will also become its President
Cat Zakrzewski / Washington Post:
YouTube shows how it's cracking down on election disinformation: removing doctored and misleading videos, as well as those questioning a candidate's eligibility
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Newley Purnell / Wall Street Journal:
Gaana, the most popular music-streaming service in India, has 152M monthly users, over half of Spotify's global user base, double Apple Music's global count
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
Publishers like the Guardian, The Times, and Le Monde are publishing fewer stories, leading to higher audience traffic, higher dwell times, and more subscribers