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12:00 PM ET, January 26, 2021

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Washington Post:
Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron is retiring on February 28 after eight years at the paper and nearly 45 years in journalism  —  Washington Post Publisher and CEO Fred Ryan today shared the following note with Post employees.  —  Dear Washington Post colleagues,
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
CBS Television Stations President Peter Dunn and SVP of News David Friend have been placed on leave, after an LAT report alleging racism and misogyny at work  —  Peter Dunn, president of the CBS Television Stations, and David Friend, senior vice president of news for the stations were placed on the leave …
Margaret Carmel / BoiseDev:
Idaho News Guild says Idaho Statesman's top editor was fired over her tweet advocating for staff resources in a protest letter sent to McClatchy management  —  Idaho's largest daily newspaper abruptly changed editorial leadership Monday.  —  As of Monday, the Statesman's top editor …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Facebook News launches in the UK, partners with Axel Springer and Samsung owned Upday for curation; announces new partnerships and payments for some publishers  —  As the United Kingdom prepares to sharpen its focus on how it regulates big tech companies, Facebook is taking a big step …
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Politico:
White House says it will work with WHCA to develop new standards for media passes and won't tolerate outlets trafficking in conspiracy theories and propaganda
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
In letter to creators, CEO Susan Wojcicki says YouTube has paid $30B+ to creators, artists, and media organizations over the last three years  —  The company still has work to do with creator transparency  —  YouTube has paid out more than $30 billion to creators, artists …
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Insider Inc. says it was profitable in 2020 and added 200 jobs as revenue grew 30% YoY; sources: it generated $150M+ in revenue as subscribers doubled to 100K+  —  Business-news site generated 30% revenue growth in 2020 despite Covid-19 crisis thanks to subscriptions, automated ads
Matthew Keys / The Desk:
Survey: the average American household spent $47 a month on streaming in 2020, up from $34 a month in 2019; 81% of US households used Netflix at the end of 2020  —  The average American household dropped more money on streaming television services in 2020 compared to the previous year …
Discussion: @appleinsider
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Sources: 100+ Politico staffers sent a letter to Allbritton criticizing the decision to publish Ben Shapiro and calling out EIC Kaminski's internal response  —  More than 100 Politico staffers signed onto a letter sent to publisher Robert Allbritton, expressing disgust with allowing right …
 
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
North Equity, which owns Popular Science, Saveur, and other brands, is acquiring Domino Media, a home design magazine and digital outlet, from Multiply Media
Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Rupert Murdoch says free speech is being suppressed by an “awful woke orthodoxy” and says he is “far from done”
Alex Sherman / CNBC:
Sources: Group Nine's SPAC is eyeing ~20 targets, including BuzzFeed with its ~$300M in annual revenue, for an acquisition, as it wants $500M+ in annual revenue
Issie Lapowsky / Protocol:
Facebook says it will give researchers targeting data on 1.3M social issue, electoral, and political ads from August 3 through November 3, 2020
Margit Wennmachers / Andreessen Horowitz:
a16z plans to launch a “new and separate media property” later this year focused on “the future” and names ex-CNN editor Maggie Leung executive editor
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Joe Pompeo / Vanity Fair:
Sources: NYT told Lauren Wolfe, who had a temporary position, that her name and NYT's name were in headlines after her “chills” tweet, and “we can't have that”
Archie Bland / The Guardian:
Forbes drops plans for a trip to Bermuda for 75 people on its “30 under 30” list, meant to provide an escape from pandemic “gloom”, after facing criticism
Alex Weprin / Hollywood Reporter:
Nexstar to rebrand its national cable channel WGN America as NewsNation, positioning it as a “fact-based and unbiased” competitor to CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC
Nathan Ingraham / Engadget:
Spotify says it is testing a pilot of audiobooks on the platform, with nine public-domain titles read by well-known names like Hilary Swank
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
NBC's Peacock signs a deal for exclusive streaming rights for WWE Network content in the US from March; source says the deal runs five years and is worth $1B+
Russell Contreras / Axios:
Ex-CNN exec S. Mitra Kalita and PA radio exec Sara Lomax-Reese launch URL Media, a newsletter seeking to expand local news on Black and brown communities
Alexander Gladstone / Wall Street Journal:
AMC Entertainment says it signed deals for $917M in funding to survive the COVID-19 pandemic for months and avoid bankruptcy