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2:15 AM ET, January 22, 2021

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April Glaser / NBC News:
Profile of Jessica Rosenworcel, the second woman to lead the FCC as acting chair and a big proponent of net neutrality and expanding broadband access  —  President Joe Biden has picked Jessica Rosenworcel to run the Federal Communications Commission in an interim position.
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Margaret Harding McGill / Axios:
Biden designates Jessica Rosenworcel, currently a Democratic commissioner at the FCC, as acting chairwoman of the agency  —  President Biden has designated Jessica Rosenworcel as acting chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission, according to an agency statement.
Josh Taylor / The Guardian:
In an Australian Senate hearing, a Google executive said that a law forcing Google to pay news outlets for links could prompt it to stop offering Search  —  As Google and Facebook face Senate committee, poll finds three in five Australians agree social media companies should prioritise news in feeds
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Natasha Lomas / TechCrunch:
Google signs an agreement with French media creating a framework for payment for publisher content and has reached agreements with three major newspapers
USAGM:
VOA Director Robert Reilly and Deputy Director Elizabeth Robbins are out; recently demoted exec Yolanda Lopez has been named acting VOA director  —  United States Agency for Global Media CEO Michael Pack resigned yesterday after being informed by the Biden Administration that he would be removed.
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Jessica Jerreat / Voice of America:
Kelu Chao named acting CEO of USAGM; Chao has worked for VOA for 20 years+ and testified last year in a lawsuit over editorial interference by Pack
Dan De Luce / NBC News:
Michael Pack, the head of USAGM who oversaw VOA and the Open Technology Fund, has resigned at the request of the Biden administration
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media should hold power to account and resist the adversarial-seeming approach to politics it took pre-Trump, like when it focused on Obama's tan suit  —  White House press secretary Jen Psaki was prepared.  She was professional.  She was noncombative.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Preliminary Nielsen ratings: CNN's audience for the president's swearing-in reached an average of 9.9M, up over 196% from 2017; Fox's audience fell 77% to 2.74M  —  Approximately 39.87 million people watched the half-hour swearing-in ceremony over the nation's six major TV-news outlets …
The NewsGuild of New York:
New Yorker Union announces 24-hour strike over management's response to pay negotiations; the union asked for $65K/year starting salaries and annual increases  —  Today, the New Yorker Union is undertaking a twenty-four-hour work stoppage.  Between 6 A.M. on Thursday, January 21st …
Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
A look at the journalists covering domestic extremism in the US and the differing approaches the NYT and WaPo are taking to the topic  —  Newsrooms are shifting resources to deepen coverage of homegrown radicals in the wake of the storming of the Capitol.  —  To watch Joe Biden's inauguration …
Scott Alexander / Astral Codex Ten:
The pseudonymous writer behind ‘Slate Star Codex’ blog, who deleted it over concerns NYT was going to name him, has relaunched on Substack and revealed his name  —  I. … No, seriously, it was awful.  I deleted my blog of 1,557 posts.  I wanted to protect my privacy …
David Folkenflik / NPR:
Biden addressed divisions sown by media when he spoke about “lies told...for profit” and distrust of those who “don't get their news from the same sources you do”  —  President Joe Biden invoked what he called seven “common objects we, as Americans, love” in Wednesday's inaugural address.
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Vevo has been expanding into smart TVs, launching apps and channels on Redbox, Vizio, and Comcast's X1 and Flex boxes, with US TV viewing growing 58% YoY  —  Good morning, and welcome to Protocol Next Up.  This week's edition is about Vevo giving smart TVs another try and Tubi revealing some of the numbers behind its business.
 
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Hannah Ellis-Petersen / The Guardian:
Indian political drama on Amazon Prime was forced to edit out scenes, the first time that a streaming platform has been subjected to censorship in the country
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Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
ViacomCBS to launch Pluto TV in France on February 8, making it the first free ad-supported streaming service in the country