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5:35 PM ET, January 11, 2021


 Top News: 
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Memo: Cumulus Media, which employs some of the most popular right-leaning US talk radio hosts, tells personalities to stop suggesting the election was stolen  —  After months of stoking anger about alleged election fraud, one of America's largest talk-radio companies has decided on an abrupt change of direction.
Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
Since 2016, Trump moved from giving a large number of TV interviews to relying more on an “I type, you listen” Twitter presence, a stage he tightly controlled  —  Mr. Trump became a celebrity through television, but Twitter had given him a singular outlet for expressing himself as he is …
Washington Post:
As Trump searches for a new social network after his Twitter ban, a shift from mainstream platforms would mark a retreat to insular conservative communities
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Profile of an ex-BuzzFeed employee who livestreamed the Capitol riot; hooked on going viral, he ran BuzzFeed's Vine and Twitter before joining Milo Yiannopoulos  —  At BuzzFeed, we followed the signals of social media.  A young employee followed them all the way to Charlottesville and Capitol Hill.
New York Times:
Dlive, which attracts far-right video streamers and takes a cut of viewer donations, had a near-record 150K concurrent viewers Wednesday, according to estimates
Robin Givhan / Washington Post:
The informal image on Vogue's print cover of VP-elect Kamala Harris draws criticism for lacking respect, authority, and grandeur  —  The nation's first female vice president elect has been photographed for the cover of February's Vogue magazine and a vocal chorus on social media is displeased with the images.
Brian Stelter / CNN:
Fox News will replace one of its only nighttime hours of news coverage with a right-wing opinion show, signifying a further shift toward incendiary programming  —  New York (CNN Business)Fox News Channel is removing one of its only nighttime hours of news coverage and replacing …
Al Tompkins / Poynter:
News orgs may be forced to turn over their unpublished images and videos of the Capitol siege since federal crimes are not protected by a federal shield law  —  News organizations may have an unpopular fight ahead as federal law enforcement agencies seek out their unpublished images from the Capitol siege.
Randall Lane / Forbes:
Chief content officer of Forbes says if any company hires an ex-Trump press secretary then Forbes will assume that “everything the company talks about is a lie”  —  Yesterday's insurrection was rooted in lies.  That a fair election was stolen.  That a significant defeat was actually a landslide victory.
South China Morning Post:
A website dedicated to documenting Hong Kong's anti-government protests has been blocked; sources say HK police invoked new national security law to censor it  —  Sources say the force has started asking internet providers to halt access to HKChronicles citing Article 43 of the law …
Kayleigh Barber / Digiday:
After laying off half its staff in Feb. 2020, Protocol's president says it had 7M unique visitors last year and is planning an international expansion  —  Protocol, like most media companies in the spring of 2020, took a hit — and one that was especially acute just months past launching in February.
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Mike Masnick / Techdirt:
Twitter and Facebook's ban on Trump is not censorship, and demanding clear rules for social media moderation is “stupid” because the context is always changing  —  When I started writing this post, it was about Facebook's decision to suspend Trump's account indefinitely …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Hulu rolls out a reduced-rate plan for US college students for $1.99 per month  —  Disney's Hulu is courting the collegiate crowd with a new offer: The streamer has rolled out a special reduced-rate plan for U.S. college students, priced at $1.99 per month.
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Ryan Ori / Chicago Tribune:
Chicago Tribune to move out of its downtown Prudential Plaza office to a printing facility north of downtown, three years after leaving Tribune Tower
Brian Stelter / CNN:
CNN announces new assignments: Kaitlan Collins will be chief WH correspondent and Jim Acosta will be chief domestic correspondent and have a weekend anchor role
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Barry Jackson / Miami Herald:
Source: former ESPN radio host Dan Le Batard and DAZN Executive Chairman John Skipper will launch a new media company focused on sports in the coming weeks
Richard Nieva / CNET:
YouTube terminated Steve Bannon's War Room podcast channel and one associated channel on Friday, after receiving three strikes for violating YouTube's rules