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2:35 AM ET, January 14, 2022


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Maggie Haberman / New York Times:
The Republican National Committee says it will require candidates to pledge to not participate in debates run by the Commission on Presidential Debates  —  The Republican National Committee says it will require candidates to pledge to not participate in debates run by the Commission on Presidential Debates.
Committee to Protect Journalists:
One year in, Biden's relationship with the press stands in stark contrast to Trump's, but press freedom advocates have concerns over FOIA, Assange, and more  —  President Joe Biden's approach to U.S. media is a stark contrast to Donald Trump's vicious rhetoric.
Justin Hendrix / Tech Policy Press:
260+ health professionals ask Spotify to create a misinformation policy, after a discredited scientist spread COVID-19 misinformation on Joe Rogan's podcast  —  More than 260 doctors, nurses, scientists, health professionals and others have signed an open letter calling on the streaming media platform Spotify …
Georg Szalai / The Hollywood Reporter:
NBCUniversal and RTL partner to cross-sell TV ad inventory in the US, Europe, and Asia  —  The arrangement will create opportunities for marketers across the U.S., Europe and Asia, the companies say.
Jay Cridlin / Tampa Bay Times:
Paul Tash, Tampa Bay Times' longest-serving CEO and chairman, is retiring and will be succeeded by company president Conan Gallaty  —  Conan Gallaty takes over as chief executive officer and will be the fourth chairman since Nelson Poynter when Tash departs this summer.  —  Published Just now
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
NBCUniversal plans to use audience data from to track the Olympics and the Super Bowl next month, in addition to Nielsen, in a new multiyear agreement  —  NBCUniversal, the media company most critical of the audience measurement data it receives from Nielsen, is testing …
Lily Hay Newman / Wired:
NSO Group spyware was found on devices owned by 35 journalists and activists in El Salvador; 23 devices belong to journalists linked to the El Faro news site  —  The newly disclosed campaign shows how little the company has done to curb abuses of its powerful surveillance tools.
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
In a first, BET+ will be included on Xfinity TV in a deal between ViacomCBS and Comcast, which also extends carriage of Paramount+, Pluto TV, and Showtime OTT  —  ViacomCBS and Comcast have reached a distribution renewal that continues carriage of CBS and a roster of cable networks …
Peter White / Deadline:
New York Magazine's Olivia Nuzzi is writing and producing a satirical drama for AMC set in Washington, DC, teaming up with executive producer Gina Mingacci  —  EXCLUSIVE: Olivia Nuzzi, the Washington correspondent for New York magazine who wrote some of the wildest stories …
Lillian Rizzo / Wall Street Journal:
Sinclair renews its digital rights NBA deal, after signing a similar deal with the NHL in December, as it secures $600M in debt to develop its streaming service  —  Diamond Sports, the largest owner of regional sports networks, also renewed its digital-rights agreement with NBA, securing ability to stream games
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Researchers use simulations to show that focusing on increasing trust in reliable information and news works better than focusing on debunking misinformation  —  Misinformation makes up a teeny-tiny share of what most people read, and we might want to worry a little less about debunking …
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
Telemundo is launching content brand Tplus on Peacock's premium tier in the fall, with scripted, unscripted, and documentary content in English and Spanish  —  NBCUniversal's Telemundo Enterprises is launching content brand Tplus on Peacock this fall in sync with the company's exclusive …
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Jamie Lang / Variety:
Paramount+ buys exclusive rights to show 380 live Premier League matches in Central America and Mexico as part of a three-year deal starting in 2022
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Don Seiffert / Boston Business Journal:
136 of 253 Gannett newspapers will cease home delivery of Saturday print editions in the coming months, offering expanded access to its online edition instead
Netflix renews its carriage deal with Movistar Plus, Telefonica's subscription video on demand operator, in Spain for another five years
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Katie Robertson / New York Times:
Laura McGann and Mark Bauman launch Grid, which will examine the day's biggest news stories from different viewpoints, with $10M in funding and 20 journalists
David Folkenflik / NPR:
A look at NPR's staffing issues, including pay gaps and a structure separating podcasts and news, after four hosts, three of them women of color, left in a year