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5:40 PM ET, January 22, 2021

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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 …
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.
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.
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
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  —  Tom Brokaw, the veteran journalist who anchored “NBC Nightly News” from 1982 to 2004, announced on Friday that he is retiring from the network after a 55-year run.
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 …
Dan Rather / Steady:
Dan Rather, who built a large Facebook audience in recent years after his career in TV news, joins Substack  —  I'm at an age and stage in life where I don't tend to buy green bananas.  But one thing that those who know me best will tell you is I've always been game to try something new.
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  —  The Texas Supreme Court on Friday rejected, without comment, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' attempt to toss out four defamation lawsuits by parents of children killed at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012.
Discussion: The Hill, Forbes and Law & Crime
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.
 
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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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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