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11:50 PM ET, January 24, 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
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 …
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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
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 …
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
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.
 
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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
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
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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
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