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10:00 AM 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
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 …
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
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 …
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
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.
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 …
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  —  The BBC has spent more than £1m on legal fees fighting equal pay and race discrimination cases brought by staff, it has been disclosed.
Discussion: nuj.org.uk
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
YouTube rolls out “hashtag landing pages” which will take users who click on a hashtag to a page with only videos that use it, enabling easier discovery  —  YouTube is embracing the hashtag.  The company has been quietly working on a new feature that allows users …
Discussion: @donie and Engadget
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 …
 
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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
Discussion: AdExchanger
The Information:
Sources: Patreon is considering an IPO as soon as this year and has recently passed $100M in annualized revenue
Financial Times:
The EU has sent questionnaires to publishers and ad companies concerning Google's position on the ad market and potential abuse thereof in structuring auctions
 Earlier Picks: 
Variety:
Bonnie Fuller, founder of entertainment outlet Hollywoodlife.com, has bought out Penske Media's stake in the company, assuming full ownership
Discussion: Showbiz411
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”
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