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8:15 AM ET, January 5, 2021

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Katie Robertson / New York Times:
The Cut, the New York Media style and culture website, names Teen Vogue's editor Lindsay Peoples Wagner as its new EIC  —  Lindsay Peoples Wagner will leave her job as the editorial leader of the Condé Nast publication to take over New York Magazine's style and culture site.
New York Times:
A British judge rules against extraditing Julian Assange to the US, which has accused him of violating the Espionage Act, citing mental health concerns  —  U.S. officials want the WikiLeaks founder to face charges of violating the Espionage Act.  But a judge in London ruled that he was at extreme risk of suicide.
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Ben Smith / New York Times:
Anna Palmer, Jake Sherman, and John Bresnahan launch Punchbowl, a political news outlet publishing three daily newsletters and a daily podcast for $300/year  —  A Beltway school of journalism wants to get back to just-the-facts-ma'am reporting.  But how do you cover this Republican Party?
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Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Insiders say Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer's exit from Politico was due to a rift with some colleagues, as they launch their new venture
Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Sunday's episode of 60 Minutes was filled with blatant disinformation about Section 230, blaming the law for disinformation on the internet  —  I have a browser open with about a dozen different bad and wrong takes on Section 230 that one day I may write about, but on Sunday night …
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
Discovery and Vodafone sign a multi-year deal to bring Discovery's content to the UK and 11 European countries, as Discovery+ streaming service launches  —  Discovery and Vodafone have signed a multi-year deal that will make Discovery TV content and new streamer Discovery Plus available …
Jason Gurwin / The Streamable:
ViacomCBS strikes a distribution deal with Hulu to add 14 cable networks to Hulu + Live TV, including Comedy Central, MTV, and Nickelodeon  —  In a new expanded multi-year agreement between Hulu and ViacomCBS, Hulu Live TV will be adding 14 new channels to the service.
Brent Lang / Variety:
Study: women made up 16% of directors of 100 highest grossing films in 2020, up from 12% in 2019, and ~10% of directors of top watched-at-home films since March  —  Hollywood tapped a record number of women to call the shots on major movies in 2020, according to a new study from the Center …
Sam Dean / Los Angeles Times:
Interview with Brian Calle, whose company Street Media owns LA Weekly, on acquiring The Village Voice, reviving the muckraking tradition at both pubs, and more  —  When Brian Calle purchased L.A. Weekly, no one saw it coming.  —  The editor of the Orange County Register's opinion section …
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
Disney says Disney+ will add a Star-branded block from February 23 in Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada  —  The series “Big Sky” by David E. Kelley, “Love, Victor” and iconic shows including “24,” “Lost” and “Desperate Housewives” are among the programs heading to the Star-branded block …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Analysis: the number of print magazine launches dropped from 139 in 2019 to 60 in 2020  —  The number of new print magazines launched in the US dropped by more than half in 2020 to 60, compared to 139 a year earlier.  —  But in a surprise move, the pace of new launches accelerated …
Discussion: @mediavoicespod and Forbes
Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Quibi is in advanced talks to sell the rights to its short-form content catalog to Roku  —  Short-form streaming service Quibi is winding down its operations after failing to gain traction  —  Quibi is in advanced talks to sell its content catalog to Roku Inc. …
 
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