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4:00 AM ET, January 11, 2022


 Top News: 
Andrew Marchand / New York Post:
Source: Apple has had substantial talks about carrying Major League Baseball games next season on Apple TV+  —  MORE FROM:  —  Apple has had substantial talks about carrying Major League Baseball games next season, The Post has learned.  —  If a deal is finalized, it would represent …
Gabriel Snyder / Off the Record:
Justin Smith's plan to chase an elite global audience is a great pitch for sponsors, but it could be a tough editorial product for Ben Smith to deliver  —  Justin Smith and Ben Smith's announcement brings back memories of the promise — and pitfalls — of an earlier global media startup.
David Cohen / Adweek:
The Markup partners with Mozilla's data sharing project Rally on Facebook Pixel Hunt, a study to investigate Meta's data collection and tracking practices  —  Firefox users who opt into ‘Facebook Pixel Hunt’ will use tools in the Rally browser extension
Nic Newman / Reuters Institute for the Study …:
Survey of 246 media leaders in 52 countries: 59% say revenue grew in 2021 and 47% worry subscription models may be excluding less affluent audiences  —  1. The business of journalism is looking up for some |  2. Audience strategies and publisher innovation |
Sarah Ellison / Washington Post:
Axel Springer names Goli Sheikholeslami as CEO of Politico Media; Sheikholeslami has been the president and CEO of WNYC for the past two years  —  It is the first major move by the German media giant since it purchased the Virginia-based political publication.
Mark Joyella / Forbes:
Fox News names Jesse Watters as the permanent host of its 7pm EST opinion show, Jesse Watters Primetime, as of January 24, after a year of rotating guest hosts  —  Fox News announced Monday that Jesse Watters will be the permanent host of the network's 7 p.m. ET hour, which will be re-named Jesse Watters Primetime beginning January 24.
Committee to Protect Journalists:
CPJ names Internews Europe CEO Jodie Ginsberg as its CEO, succeeding Joel Simon, who stepped down at the end of 2021 after leading the organization for 15 years  —  The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) today named Jodie Ginsberg as its new President.  Ginsberg will succeed Joel Simon …
Aamer Madhani / Associated Press:
Joe Biden has held fewer news conferences than any of his five immediate predecessors after nearly one year in office  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — In what's become a familiar scene, President Joe Biden lingered after delivering a recent speech on the pandemic as reporters fired a barrage of questions.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Discovery takes a minority stake in Open AP, a joint venture between Fox, NBCUniversal, and ViacomCBS to define video audience segments for advertisers  —  After making a successful bid to grow its heft in the media business with the looming acquisition of WarnerMedia, Discovery wants to extend …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
The NYT, WaPo, WSJ, and others ignored a 2017 allegation against an Andrew Cuomo accuser that she filed false claims of sexual assault against a fellow student  —  News organizations last year pursued many leads about the conduct of now-former New York governor Andrew Cuomo (D) …
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Times Higher Education:
Times Higher Education acquires US-based Inside Higher Ed and says they will have a combined annual audience of 50M+ staff, students, policymakers, and others
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Symone Sanders, the former chief spokeswoman for Vice President Kamala Harris, to join MSNBC as an anchor and will host a new weekend program
 Earlier Picks: 
Anna Nicolaou / Financial Times:
Jason Kilar says HBO Max “broke through” in 2021 and WarnerMedia will spend $18B+ on content in 2022; Disney and Netflix are expected to spend $33B+ and $17B+
Lucas Shaw / Bloomberg:
Edison Research: the 10 most popular US podcasts in 2021 were seven or more years old on average and none debuted in the past couple of years
Kim Bellware / Washington Post:
Republican leaders bar journalists from working on the Iowa Senate floor, breaking a more than 140-year tradition and worrying press advocates
Variety appoints Ramin Setoodeh as co-editor-in-chief to work alongside Cynthia Littleton in the coming months
Benjamin Lee / The Guardian:
The Power of the Dog and Succession were the big winners at an unusual Golden Globes ceremony, featuring no stars, audience, or winners to accept the prizes

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Katharine Gemmell / Bloomberg:
The UK CMA says Microsoft's revised offer to acquire Activision, which includes selling some gaming rights to Ubisoft, appears to address its concerns

Sergiu Gatlan / BleepingComputer:
Apple releases emergency updates for iOS, iPadOS, macOS, and watchOS to patch three new zero-day vulnerabilities, for a total of 16 zero-days fixed in 2023

Jay Peters / The Verge:
X plans to deprecate Circles on October 31, 2023; users will not be able to create new posts nor add people to their Circle but will be able to remove people

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