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8:45 AM ET, January 6, 2021

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Manori Ravindran / Variety:
Comcast appoints Dana Strong to succeed Jeremy Darroch as CEO of Sky Group; Strong was previously president and COO of UK's Virgin Media  —  Comcast has appointed Dana Strong to succeed Jeremy Darroch as CEO of Sky Group.  —  Strong most recently served as president of consumer services for Comcast Cable …
Discussion: Broadband TV News and @claireatki
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
NBCU Ad Chief Linda Yaccarino named chair of the Ad Council's board of directors, succeeding David Fischer, chief revenue officer of Facebook  —  Linda Yaccarino, NBCUniversal's chairman of global advertising and partnerships, has been named chair of the Ad Council's board of directors.
Discussion: Ad Age and Adweek
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Facebook says it will resume its political ad ban in Georgia after the polls close in the Georgia runoff elections  —  Following the Georgia runoff elections, the Facebook ban that restricts ads on social issues, elections and politics nationwide will be reimplemented in the state, the company said on Tuesday.
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Corin Faife / The Markup:
Study of 58 Facebook users' feeds in Georgia found partisan content elbowed out traditional news sites after Facebook reversed its political ad ban
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
C-SPAN says Steve Scully, the host placed on leave for “Twitter-related controversies” ahead of the second presidential debate, will return to work this week  —  C-SPAN says that Scully will return to work this week, producing for its television programming and hosting ‘Washington Today’ and ‘The Weekly’ for C-SPAN Radio.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Cameo says it sold 1.3M personalized videos in 2020, had ~$100M in video transactions, and 150 personalities earned $100K+/year  —  Cameo, the app that lets fans pay for personalized videos from celebrities, has hired a slew of new C-suite executives from media and tech companies …
Jem Aswad / Variety:
The Grammy Awards are being postponed from Jan. 31, likely until sometime in March; sources said a combination of health and travel issues have led to the delay  —  Further details are expected shortly.  Sources say the show may be moved to March, although no date was confirmed at the time of this article's publication.
Mark Kleinman / Sky News:
Sources: UK to announce former Goldman Sachs banker Richard Sharp as the next BBC chairman  —  Richard Sharp is to be named as Sir David Clementi's successor at the BBC as soon as Thursday, Sky News learns.  —  City editor @MarkKleinmanSky  —  Created with Sketch.
Press Gazette:
UK's GB News raises new funding from investors including Dubai-based Legatum, says it will hire 120 journalists; sources: the channel raised £60M in this round  —  Bosses of news channel GB News have confirmed two new backers for its 24-hour TV and online service set to launch …
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Keith Poole named EIC of News Corp's New York Post Group; Poole is currently deputy EIC of UK tabloid The Sun  —  News Corp announced Tuesday that Keith Poole will become editor in chief of the New York Post Group.  —  Poole, currently deputy editor in chief of the U.K. tabloid The Sun, will begins his new job in March.
Reuters:
Julian Assange denied bail by UK court as judge says there is a risk he may abscond while the US tries to secure his extradition  —  LONDON (Reuters) -WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was denied bail on Wednesday because a judge said there is a risk he may abscond while the United States tries to secure his extradition from Britain.
Benjamin Butterworth / inews.co.uk:
Sources: YouTube reinstated the channel of UK's talkRadio after personal involvement by Rupert Murdoch to have the ban reversed  —  The digital station had faced criticism for some presenters' questioning of the science behind lockdowns and the use of face masks
Discussion: TechCrunch, @benjaminbutter and Reuters
 
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Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Vizio, the No. 2 maker of smart TVs sold in the US, says viewing in 2020 grew 20.3% YoY, with streaming of ad-supported programming growing 226%
Discussion: The Streamable
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
In email, new JPI Media owner outlines plans to decentralize editorial and sales responsibilities to locally based teams and focus on “bespoke” local UK content
Reuters:
BBC says it will broadcast its biggest education offering ever, with many hours of programming for primary and secondary students, amid new pandemic lockdowns
Rob Schmitz / NPR:
How Poland's government is tightening control over private media and using public media outlets, including the state broadcaster TVP, against political foes
Jacob Bogage / Washington Post:
Hundreds of small outlets have been struggling with local paper delivery, as USPS is understaffed, and are bracing for mail rate increases of up to 9% in 2022
 Earlier Picks: 
Andreas Wiseman / Deadline:
The Daily Wire makes its first movie acquisition, which its members will be able to watch on a dedicated site; it is also developing two series and a film
Social Media Week:
Adweek acquires Social Media Week, a conference and industry news service for marketers, founded in 2009
Khanh Vu / Reuters:
Vietnam court sentences two freelance journalists to 11 years and one to 15 years after finding them guilty of spreading anti-state propaganda
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