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11:40 AM ET, January 27, 2021


 Top News: 
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Sources: WaPo is considering National Editor Steven Ginsberg, former managing editor Kevin Merida, and National Geographic EIC Susan Goldberg, to replace Baron  —  The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Reuters, HuffPost and Wired are all looking for new editors.  Soon, The New York Times will be too.
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
Todd Spangler / Variety:
AT&T Q4: HBO/HBO Max US subscribers grew 20% YoY to 41.5M, two years faster than its forecast, and HBO Max activations doubled to 17.2M since end of Q3  —  But a 21% decline in Warner Bros. revenue for Q4, as well as other COVID-related impacts, pulled the down company's revenue down and earnings for the quarter.
Georg Szalai / Hollywood Reporter:
AT&T says it took a $15.5B charge in Q4 related to its “domestic video business,” led by DirecTV  —  AT&T, led by CEO John Stankey, reports its fourth-quarter results, including for entertainment arm WarnerMedia.  —  Telecom giant AT&T on Wednesday reported its fourth-quarter results …
Derrick Bryson Taylor / New York Times:
CBS places Peter Dunn, president of CBS TV, and David Friend, senior VP of news for TV stations, on leave, following accusations of racist and sexist conduct  —  The executives, Peter Dunn and David Friend, were placed on leave after a report in The Los Angeles Times in which they were accused of creating a hostile work environment.
Tom Warren / The Verge:
Reddit's r/WallStreetBets, which helped push GameStop stock to record levels in recent days, is now turning its attention to AMC stock, which is up 200%  —  An online tug of war continues  —  Reddit traders who have successfully profited off GameStop (GME) stock are now turning their attention to struggling movie theater chain AMC.
Kia Kokalitcheva / Axios:
After 10 months on Substack, the group behind the Everything Bundle is launching with its own platform, a new brand named Every, and $600K in seed funding  —  After 10 months as a collection of newsletters created via Substack, the team behind the Everything Bundle is breaking out on its own …
Will Oremus / OneZero:
How the social network Nextdoor is replacing local newspapers as a news and opinion hub, letting governments bypass the media and present a one-sided picture  —  While Facebook and Twitter get the scrutiny, Nextdoor is reshaping politics one neighborhood at a time
Dean Takahashi / VentureBeat:
Google details the impact of Apple's upcoming IDFA ad privacy changes, including affecting how advertisers value and bid on ad impressions  —  Apple has prioritized user privacy over targeted advertising, and Google is spelling out today what that means for itself as well as game and app developers.
Tim Peterson / Digiday:
NBC News boosted its viewership on YouTube by 252% YoY in January and earned revenue for 2020 in the “many millions” amid the pandemic and election  —  In the past, TV networks' news organizations like NBC News have used YouTube as a side hustle.
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Aymann Ismail / Slate:
NYT national political reporter Astead W. Herndon on covering Trump's first rallies, the biggest mistake in early reporting, and when to use the word racist  —  This is part of What We Learned, a series of reflections on the meaning and legacy of the Trump years.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Larry Kudlow, the former CNBC star and Trump's economic adviser, will host a new show on Fox Business and also appear as an analyst on Fox Business and Fox News  —  Larry Kudlow, the former CNBC star who served as director of President Donald J. Trump's National Economic Council, is returning to broadcasting.
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Tyler Fleming / Post and Courier:
Profile of Joshua Dawsey, who started in high school as EIC of a South Carolina weekly and is now on WaPo's investigations team after covering Trump White House
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
NYT will never be able to uniformly enforce its social media behavior policy and should remove the language of journalists being “perceived as biased” from it
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Teo Armus / Washington Post:
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Sara Fischer / Axios:
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Former NYT op-ed editor James Bennet has been hired by The Economist as a visiting senior editor for one year, writing mostly on foreign policy
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Twitter buys newsletter platform Revue, plans to lower its cut of paid newsletter revenue to 5% and let writers host conversations with subscribers on Twitter