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12:50 PM ET, January 20, 2015


 Top News: 
David Lieberman / Deadline:
Surprise CEO Change At Redbox Parent Sends Shares Tumbling  —  Shares of kiosk giant Outerwall are down more than 11.6% in pre-market trading after the company disclosed without explanation that J. Scott Di Valerio has resigned.  Board member Nora Denzel will serve as interim CEO while the board searches for a long term replacement.
Hollywood Reporter:
CEO of Redbox Parent Company Outerwall Steps Down  —  The CEO of Redbox parent company Outerwall, J. Scott Di Valerio, has stepped down and resigned from the Board, Outerwall announced Tuesday.  —  Board member Nora M. Denzel will serve as interim CEO, as the board initiates a search process to identify the next CEO.
Ed Vulliamy / Observer:
A week inside Charlie Hebdo: how the ‘survival issue’ was made  —  In the wake of the shocking attack on Charlie Hebdo, Ed Vulliamy spent time with the magazine's surviving cartoonists as they mourned their fallen colleagues and put together their survivors' issue
Discussion: @venkatananth
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Reports that Sun has scrapped page three topless pics described as ‘wild speculation’ by paper's spokesman  —  The Sun's spokesperson has described reports that the paper has axed its Page Three topless photos after 44 years as “wild speculation”.  —  The Times reported today …
Discussion: @wturvill
Lisa O'Carroll / Guardian:
Sources say The Sun newspaper has quietly dropped its topless ‘Page 3’ section following campaign by critics
Paris mayor: We intend to sue Fox News  —  Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo told CNN Tuesday she intends to sue Fox News in the wake of the channel's coverage of supposed “no go” zones for non-Muslims.  —  She said the channel “insulted” her city.  —  “When we're insulted, and when we've had an image …
Discussion: Politico and
Todd Spangler / Variety:
NBCU Will Use Super Bowl XLIX Free Live-Stream to Promote Pay-TV Online Services  —  Peacock's 11-hour block of Internet-streaming video to include pregame and live game coverage, and new episode of ‘The Blacklist’  —  Can the Super Bowl spur digital fans to get super-excited about paying for cable TV?
Ricardo Bilton / Digiday:
Techmeme's Gabe Rivera on tech media: ‘A lot of intellectual dishonesty’  —  Gabe Rivera has a love-hate relationship with the tech media world.  Known both for helming curation site Techmeme and for his often sarcastic Twitter personality, Rivera is knee-deep in the cut-throat Silicon Valley …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Online Retailer to Launch OTT Service This Year  —  MIAMI — Salt Lake City-based will launch an over the top content service by mid-year that aims to take advantage of the discount retailer's Internet and mobile traffic.  — CEO Patrick Byrne …
Discussion: Broadcasting & Cable
Dominic Ponsford / Press Gazette:
Journalists, lawyers, social workers form Professionals for Information Privacy Coalition to oppose UK police spying  —  Lawyers and social workers join forces with journalists to call for curb on police spying powers  —  Lawyers' groups and social workers have joined forces with the National Union …
Richard Verrier / Los Angeles Times:
Sources: DreamWorks Animation may cut over 350 production and support jobs in California  —  DreamWorks Animation plans substantial layoffs  —  Stung by a series of box office misfires and failed sale attempts, DreamWorks Animation plans a substantial number of layoffs, two people familiar with the matter said.
Alex Ritman / Hollywood Reporter:
BBC refuses $150M bid from independent TV producers Avalon and Hat Trick for BBC3  —  BBC Won't Sell Youth Network Despite $150 Million Bid  —  The BBC has said it will not accept a a takeover bid from two independent British TV production houses for the public broadcaster's 11-year-old …
Discussion: Guardian, @bbcpress and Variety
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