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5:45 PM ET, February 9, 2017

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Eliana Johnson / Politico:
Sources: at least two candidates have turned down WH communications director job, a position that has remained vacant since Jason Miller resigned in December  —  At least two candidates have turned down the job of White House communications director.  —  Controlling the message coming …
Benjamin Mullin / Poynter:
Flush with donations, ProPublica is planning to add 15-25 journalists to its newsrooms in New York and Illinois as it reorients itself to cover Trump  —  Bleak about the future of journalism?  Here are some encouraging statistics:  — In 2015, ProPublica ended the year with $450,000 in small donations …
Discussion: @charlesornstein and @laur_katz
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
Pew study: US adult news consumers can only recall the source of a news link 56% of the time, and 10% name Facebook as a news source  —  “The online news experience is a mix of deliberateness and serendipity,” a new report from Pew finds, noting that no one particular path to finding online news is dominant among users.
Lara O'Reilly / Business Insider:
Twitter reports Q4 revenue of $717M, missing estimates, but beats on earnings as MAUs grew 2M from Q3 2016, reaching 319M  —  Twitter missed analysts' expectations for its fourth-quarter revenue — reporting $717 million versus estimates of $740 million — as advertising spend lagged behind …
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Adam Klasfeld / Courthouse News Service:
NFL writer Bart Hubbuch sues Murdoch's New York Post, claiming wrongful termination for his tweet critical of Trump on inauguration day  —  MANHATTAN (CN) — Mocking his raunchy tabloid's desire for a “safe space,” a sports writer wants damages after the New York Post fired him for a tweet …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Viacom beats estimates with Q1 net earnings of $396M, with Paramount posting $180M operating loss; CEO Bob Bakish announces Paramount turnaround plan  —  The new regime at Viacom unveiled a turnaround plan for Paramount Pictures and its cable network group as the conglom surprised Wall Street Thursday …
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Richard Sandomir / New York Times:
Bob Costas ends his 24-year run as NBC's prime-time Olympics host, reducing his overall workload at the network as he takes on a role similar to Tom Brokaw's  —  When NBC televises next year's Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang, South Korea, a familiar face will be gone from the prime-time anchor seat …
Andrew Liptak / The Verge:
Facebook hires MTV executive Mina Lefevre as head of development, overseeing scripted and unscripted content  —  Mina Lefevre had been the head of scripted for MTV  —  Facebook has been working to make video a central part of how its users experience the site, first with Facebook Live …
Ben Popper / The Verge:
Sources: Google combines product teams for YouTube Music and Google Play Music, likely paving way for a single music app in the future  —  Come together, right now, over me  —  According to several sources familiar with the change, the product teams working on YouTube Music and Google Play Music are being combined into a single unit.
Katie Roof / TechCrunch:
Pandora beats with Q4 revenue of $393M, up 17% YoY, vs. $374M expected, predicts Q1 loss of $70-$80M  —  Internet music giant Pandora fell 4% in initial after hours trading after the company released its fourth quarter 2016 earnings results.  —  Pandora actually beat expectations …
Discussion: Pandora Media
West Virginia Public Broadcasting:
WV Gov. Jim Justice proposes elimination of all state funding for WV Public Broadcasting in new budget, which would translate into staff layoffs of up to 75%  —  In his proposed budget, Governor Justice proposes the elimination of all state funding for West Virginia Public Broadcasting.
Discussion: Current, @farrahfazal and wvpublic.org
 
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Jane Martinson / The Guardian:
Sources: Rupert Murdoch was in the room for Trump's Times of London interview with Michael Gove, a sign of his close ties with the president and his family
Trey Williams / MarketWatch:
Gannett beats Q4 expectations with revenue at $867M, up from $739M a year earlier, but print advertising revenue is still declining
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UK mag Private Eye hit highest circulation in 55-year history in second half of 2016, up 9% YoY; its Christmas issue also had biggest sales ever at 287K copies