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3:05 PM ET, January 22, 2021

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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
The New York Times Company:
Kathleen Kingsbury officially named opinion editor of NYT, after serving in the role as acting editor following the resignation of James Bennet  —  Kathleen, who has superbly led the Opinion team these last few months will officially take on the role of Opinion Editor.  Learn more in this note from A.G. Sulzberger.
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
Bloomberg Media signs with WME, which will look to convert its journalism into film and TV projects for third-party platforms like streaming services  —  The agency will look to convert the global media brand's journalism and news franchises into film and TV projects.
Discussion: Talking Biz News and The Wrap
Zoe Greenberg / The Boston Globe:
Boston Globe launches Fresh Start, an initiative that will allow individuals to ask the paper to update or anonymize past coverage of them online  —  FRESH START  —  Revisiting the past for a better future  —  Fresh Start: Submit your appeal Fresh Start: Frequently Asked Questions
Eric Boehm / Reason:
WaPo updated an article about Kamala Harris from July 2019 by removing an anecdote where she jokingly compared life on the campaign trail to jail  —  UPDATE: As of 1:15 p.m. on January 22, The Washington Post has updated its website and URLs to restore the original version of the Kamala Harris profile detailed in Reason's post, below.
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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Ashley Carman / The Verge:
Podcasters say Anchor's sponsorship feature seems to be seriously lacking in sponsors, and they've received few, if any, ads beyond Anchor or Spotify itself  —  John Newman is the type of person companies like Spotify want to get involved in podcasting.  He has a niche interest …
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 …
Gerry Smith / Bloomberg:
Beyond unhappy customers and claims of censorship, cable providers won't drop networks like Fox News due to FCC statutes, leased access, programming leverage  —  - Comcast has limited ability to ditch competing news channels  — Smaller networks like Newsmax could pay for distribution
Discussion: @newsynick and Techdirt
Harold Brubaker / The Philadelphia Inquirer:
The Philadelphia Inquirer names Peter Doucette as chief revenue officer  —  The Philadelphia Inquirer has hired Peter Doucette, who spent more than a decade in sales and marketing jobs at the Boston Globe, as chief revenue officer, the newspaper's publisher and chief executive, Elizabeth H. Hughes, said Thursday.
Wall Street Journal:
Comcast's NBCUniversal is shutting down its sports cable channel, NBCSN, at the end of the year and moving much of its programming to USA network  —  National Hockey League, NASCAR programming will move to network USA  —  NBCUniversal is shutting down its sports cable channel NBCSN at the end …
Discussion: @sdkstl
 
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Press Gazette:
In letter to DCMS, BBC reveals it has spent more than £1M on legal fees fighting equal pay and race discrimination cases brought by staff
Discussion: nuj.org.uk
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
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
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 Earlier Picks: 
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
USAGM:
VOA Director Robert Reilly and Deputy Director Elizabeth Robbins are out; recently demoted exec Yolanda Lopez has been named acting VOA director
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
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