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8:05 AM ET, February 17, 2021


 Top News: 
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
Tribune Publishing has agreed to be acquired by Alden Global Capital in a $630M deal; Tribune will become a privately held company; Alden to sell Baltimore Sun  —  Tribune Publishing, publisher of the Chicago Tribune and other major newspapers, has agreed to be acquired by Alden Global Capital in a deal valued at $630 million.
Christopher Dinsmore / Baltimore Sun:
A nonprofit formed by Stewart Bainum Jr., Sunlight for All Institute, is set to acquire The Baltimore Sun, The Capital Gazette, and several other area outlets  —  Returning The Baltimore Sun to Maryland hands, the state's largest newspaper and its affiliates will be acquired by a nonprofit formed …
Zoe Samios / Sydney Morning Herald:
Sources: Google has agreed to pay Nine Entertainment, owner of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, more than $30M/year for news content in a 5-year deal  —  Google has agreed to pay Nine Entertainment Co more than $30 million in cash annually for the use of its news content …
Financial Times:
Sources: News Corp and Google are in talks for a potential global content deal, as Google and Facebook rush to agree deals with Australian publishers  —  Google and Facebook agree terms with publishers in hopes to stymie rules to make them pay for content  —  Google and Facebook are rushing …
Discussion: Microsoft
Vox Media:
Swati Sharma is named editor-in-chief of Vox, starting next month, taking over from Lauren Williams; Sharma is currently managing editor at The Atlantic  —  Melissa Bell, Co-Founder of Vox and Publisher of Vox Media, announced today Swati Sharma, Managing Editor at The Atlantic …
Cathy Applefeld Olson / Forbes:
20 music streaming services have paid $424M+ in historical unmatched royalties to Mechanical Licensing Collective; Apple paid $163M, Spotify $153M, Amazon $42M  —  The Mechanical Licensing Collective has received a total of $424.38 million in accrued historical unmatched royalties …
Nieman Lab:
Ideologically extreme members of the US House get more national cable and broadcast TV time than moderates do, helping stoke TV ratings and conflict  —  Committee assignments are normally a blessing for new House members.  But some of today's newer members, like freshmen Republican …
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Roku is planning to build out “an expanding slate of original content”, according to a job listing for a lead production attorney  —  The streaming device maker is hiring to build its own slate of original content.  —  Not content anymore with just streaming Hollywood's old shows and movies …
New York Times:
Indian court clears journalist Priya Ramani of defamation after she made sexual harassment accusations against M.J. Akbar, the ex-EIC of Asian Age  —  Priya Ramani had faced up to two years in prison after making sexual harassment accusations against M.J. Akbar, once a prominent member of the Modi government.
Greg Evans / Deadline:
CNN anchor Brooke Baldwin announces she is leaving the network in April; she has been with the network since 2008  —  CNN Newsroom anchor Brooke Baldwin announced her surprise resignation from the news network today, telling viewers that she's leaving in April to focus on …
Declan Walsh / New York Times:
Freelance journalist Theo Padnos publishes Blindfold, an account of the almost two years he spent captured by jihadi kidnappers in Syria  —  A Memoir of Capture, Torture, and Enlightenment  —  In the fall of 2012, Theo Padnos was down and out in Antakya.  An American freelance reporter …
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Gabby Shacknai / Forbes:
Q&A with Bon Appétit EIC Dawn Davis, appointed in August, on her plans for the outlet, including improving diversity and highlighting underrepresented voices
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Study: in Q3, non-US shows accounted for nearly 30% of demand in the US; UK, Japan, Canada, Korea, and India are the top five international markets in the US
Sara Fischer / Axios:
McClatchy and Gannett are partnering to sell national ads to the combined 300 local communities they reach; USA Today will lead the new strategy
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Austin American-Statesman:
Austin American-Statesman says it won't deliver print edition newspapers today due to power outages that affected its printing facility
Jacob Granger /
Financial Times-backed tech and startup news site Sifted has launched a membership program; members will get investor surveys, market analyses, and more
Discussion: Sifted
David Meyer / Fortune:
TikTok has been hit with a volley of complaints from Europe's consumer protection watchdogs over “misleading” privacy practices and “ambiguous” terms
Post and Courier:
South Carolina's Post and Courier launches Uncovered, a collaboration with community newspapers to expose corruption by local officials as news deserts expand
Ben Thompson / Stratechery:
Clubhouse, which centralizes creation and consumption into a feedback loop, will do for audio what Twitter, Stories, and TikTok did for text, images, and video