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4:50 PM ET, January 28, 2021


 Top News: 
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 …
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.
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
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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