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4:50 PM ET, January 28, 2021

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WRCB-TV:
A TV news crew was ejected from a town hall meeting with new US Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene in Dalton, GA, and threatened with arrest after asking a question  —  A Channel 3 reporter and photojournalist were threatened with arrest after asking U.S. Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene a question during a town hall meeting in Dalton.
Wall Street Journal:
NYT promotes Cliff Levy to deputy managing editor, where he will develop procedures to vet stories from the audio unit, following the Caliphate controversy  —  Cliff Levy is promoted to deputy managing editor, will develop procedures for vetting audio content in interim role
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
WaPo, LAT, Reuters, Wired, Vox, and HuffPost are seeking new leadership as the pipeline from regional papers has slowed and promising stars have left the field  —  When Martin Baron announced his upcoming retirement from The Washington Post on Tuesday, it made clear what is either a crisis …
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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
Kathy Gannon / Associated Press:
Pakistan's Supreme Court orders release of the man convicted in the beheading of Daniel Pearl and dismisses the appeal of his acquittal  —  ISLAMABAD (AP) — Pakistan's Supreme Court ordered the release Thursday of a Pakistani-British man convicted and later acquitted in the beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl in 2002.
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
ABC News President James Goldston is stepping down on March 31 after 17 years with the network  —  ABC News president James Goldston is stepping down after 17 years with the network.  Of those 17 years, he spent seven as president.  —  In a memo to staff sent Thursday, he said his last day with the company will be March 31.
Bloomberg:
UK court rules that News UK can't claim back VAT paid on digital news services through 2016; digital news services have been exempt from VAT since May  —  A News Corp. unit won't be able to claw back six years of taxes on its digital news operations, a London court ruled on Thursday.
Alexandra Bruell / Wall Street Journal:
Walmart Media Group, now Walmart Connect, has launched a demand-side platform that provides data for ad targeting as it seeks to become a top 10 ad company  —  The retail giant is launching advertising technology that lets brands use Walmart data to buy ads outside its digital platforms
Discussion: CNBC, MediaPost and Bloomberg
Jennifer Elias / CNBC:
YouTube says its TikTok competitor Shorts is getting 3.5B views per day in its test run in India and plans to expand the feature into more markets in 2021  —  - YouTube's short video feature is gaining traction in India, the company's CEO Susan Wojcicki said Tuesday.
Discussion: Business Insider and @nealmohan
Caroline Davies / The Guardian:
The UK phone-hacking scandal, which resulted in the closure of the News of the World tabloid, will be turned into a TV drama titled Thank You & Goodbye  —  Series titled Thank You & Goodbye will detail fall of Rupert Murdoch-owned News of the World  —  The News International phone-hacking scandal …
Discussion: The Wrap
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Elena Schneider / Politico:
US political campaigns say that bans by Facebook and Google on political ads have hamstrung them during a crucial fundraising window ahead of the 2022 midterms
Bijan Stephen / The Verge:
YouTube is testing the ability to make short clips, from 5 to 60 seconds, of livestreams or videos, starting today on desktop and Android devices  —  Another standard live-streaming feature makes its way over to the online video giant  —  YouTube is introducing clipping …
 
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