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1:20 PM ET, December 8, 2021


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Sara Fischer / Axios:
Roku says it has agreed to a multi-year extension with Google for distributing YouTube and YouTube TV apps on its devices; Roku's stock is up 15%+  —  Roku and Google have agreed to a multi-year extension for both YouTube and YouTube TV apps to be distributed on Roku.
Sara Fischer / Axios:
The 19th hires Julia Chan, managing editor of digital at public broadcaster KQED, as EIC starting January 10, replacing Andrea Valdez, who moved to The Atlantic  —  The 19th has hired Julia B. Chan as its new editor-in-chief, effective Jan. 10, executives tell Axios.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
A look at The Guardian's Martin Pengelly, who repeatedly publishes scoops from political bestsellers, likely by getting early copies from a bookseller  —  Mark Meadows's new memoir about his time as Donald Trump's White House chief of staff was still a week away from its official release date …
Patrick McGee / Financial Times:
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
The Senate confirms Jessica Rosenworcel to lead the FCC, the first female chair in the agency's history, in a 68 to 31 vote  —  She will be the first female chair in FCC history  —  On Tuesday, the Senate voted 68 to 31 to confirm Jessica Rosenworcel's re-appointment to the Federal …
Judd Legum / Popular Information:
A look at Trump Media & Technology Group, which lacks a product, users, publicly identified executives, and revenue, and its merger with DWAC, valued at $1.85B  —  In October, former President Trump announced the creation of a new company, Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG).
Kurt Wagner / Bloomberg:
A look at Twitter's Project Guardian, a list of journalists and other highly targeted users that helps moderators respond more quickly to their complaints  —  ‘Project Guardian’ aims to protect prominent tweeters from abuse, harassment  —  Twitter Inc.'s highest-profile users …
Thomas Seal / Bloomberg:
Sources: GB News, whose debut was beset with problems, is mulling expansion into countries including Germany, Italy, Spain, and Poland through joint ventures  —  - Conservative channel mulls joint ventures after rocky launch  — GB News faces domestic rivalry with Rupert Murdoch's talkTV
Benjamin Mullin / Wall Street Journal:
News Corp.'s HarperCollins Publishers cancels Chris Cuomo's planned book Deep Denial; sources say Jeff Zucker told CNN staff that Cuomo won't get a severance  —  Broadcaster was fired on Saturday after probe into his involvement in Andrew Cuomo's defense  —  Chris Cuomo won't get severance …
Lindsey Ellefson / The Wrap:
Jeff Zucker says he's “comfortable” with how Chris Cuomo's firing transpired and that Cuomo declined to take a leave when accusations began against his brother
Seventeen groups representing ~150 newspapers quietly filed antitrust lawsuits in the past year against Google and Meta for monopolizing the digital ads market  —  Newspapers all over the country have been quietly filing antitrust lawsuits against Google and Facebook for the past year …
Elizabeth A. Harris / New York Times:
As book publicity avenues have shrunk, social media followings are increasingly important for getting book deals, but they're an unreliable predictor of sales  —  Social-media fandom can help authors score book deals and bigger advances, but does it translate to how a new title will sell?
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Paris prosecutor says the man held as a suspect in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi has been released after the police could not confirm his identity
Bron Maher / Press Gazette:
Interview with veteran journalist Paul Davies, whose reports on the Dubrovnic siege are used in local history lessons, on how tech changed war reporting
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Yamiche Alcindor is joining NBC News' Washington team in March; she will give up her PBS NewsHour duties but remain the moderator of PBS' Washington Week
Max Goldbart / Deadline:
ViacomCBS and South Korea's CJ ENM to co-develop English-language content and co-finance local series for Paramount+, which launches in South Korea next year