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1:00 AM ET, January 25, 2021

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CNN:
Larry King, a long time CNN talk show host, dies at 87  —  (CNN)Larry King, the longtime CNN host who became an icon through his interviews with countless newsmakers and his sartorial sensibilities, has died.  He was 87.  —  His son, Chance, confirmed King's death Saturday morning.
Marisa Sarnoff / Mediaite:
NYT reportedly cancels the contract of an editor after her tweets about having “chills” watching Biden's plane land drew criticism, mostly from conservatives  —  The New York Times has reportedly terminated the contract of an editor who tweeted that she had “chills” …
Archie Bland / The Guardian:
Emails suggest members of Rolling Stone's influencer network, who pay $2K in fees, can have their content published; Rolling Stone says it labels the content  —  Emails from ‘best-known entertainment media outlet’ invite ‘Culture Council’ to pay for chance to publish on website
USAGM:
USAGM's acting CEO replaces the heads of RFE/RL, RFA, and Middle East Broadcasting Networks and three board directors named by Pack days before his resignation  —  WASHINGTON, D.C. — The United States Agency for Global Media (USAGM) Acting Chief Executive Officer Kelu Chao has replaced …
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
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 …
Financial Times:
Groups that want to buy newspapers away from hedge funds like Alden face a problem: funds are making money and execs like Heath Freeman aren't looking to sell  —  As hedge funds and private equity snap up titles, what does it mean for journalism?  —  George Washington took out an advertisement …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
MoffettNathanson survey: 62% of Apple TV+ subscribers were on free offers in Q4 2020, only 30% said they plan to renew at the regular $4.99/month price  —  Apple has said it wants to bulk up revenue from services — including Apple TV Plus, which is just over one year old.
Caitlin L. Chandler / Columbia Journalism Review:
In Germany, the publication and court-ordered retraction of articles alleging sexual abuse raise questions about the right to privacy vs. press freedom  —  How an HIV specialist in Germany is using media law to erase reporting of sexual abuse allegations against him
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
 
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Chuck Lindell / Austin American-Statesman:
Texas Supreme Court clears the way for four defamation lawsuits from Sandy Hook parents to proceed against Alex Jones and Infowars
J. Clara Chan / The Wrap:
Tom Brokaw, who anchored NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004, announced on Friday that he is retiring from the network after 55 years
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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
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
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
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