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7:20 PM ET, January 13, 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.
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.
Discussion: The Drum, Variety and Digital TV Europe
Stephen Battaglio / Los Angeles Times:
NBCUniversal plans to use audience data from iSpot.tv 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 …
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 …
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
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
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 …
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  —  The nation's largest newspaper chain is discontinuing Saturday print editions starting March 5 at more than half of its newspapers nationwide …
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 …
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 …
 
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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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Variety:
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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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
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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
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
Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Local papers shouldn't fret about The Athletic under the NYT because the talent pool is big, “local sports” includes niches The Athletic can't touch, and more