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5:50 PM ET, January 21, 2021

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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  —  WASHINGTON - The head of the U.S. Agency for Global Media stepped down Wednesday afternoon at the request of President Joe Biden shortly after Biden took office.
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.
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New York Times:
In her first briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki vowed to bring “truth and transparency back to the briefing room”
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 …
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.
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  —  Google has reached an agreement with an association of French publishers over how it will be pay for reuse of snippets of their content.
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Brad Bender / The Keyword:
Google announces a global deal with Reuters for News Showcase, which pays publishers for content highlighted in panels in News, Discover, and search results
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.
Variety:
Bonnie Fuller, founder of entertainment outlet Hollywoodlife.com, has bought out Penske Media's stake in the company, assuming full ownership  —  Penske Media Corporation (PMC) announced today that after a decade of partnership and co-ownership of Hollywood Life, founder Bonnie Fuller …
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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 …
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  —  Director of Tandav agrees to remove scenes deemed to insult Hindu gods and office of Indian prime minister
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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