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8:35 PM ET, January 8, 2018

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Ted Johnson / Variety:
NBC deletes tweet that appeared to endorse Oprah Winfrey as a 2020 presidential candidate, says it was posted by a third-party agency for NBC Entertainment  —  WASHINGTON — NBC removed a tweet sent from the network's main account that appeared to endorse the idea of an Oprah Winfrey candidacy in 2020.
Associated Press:
Memo: Macmillan CEO John Sargent calls Trump's attempt to halt release of Wolff book “flagrantly unconstitutional”, says company will respond to legal letter  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — The author of an explosive new book that questions President Donald Trump's fitness for office …
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New York Times:
Under political and financial pressure, Breitbart's Steve Bannon issues an apology, tries to reverse statements about Donald Trump Jr. in Michael Wolff's book
Sydney Ember / New York Times:
Samantha Barry is named editor of Glamour, becoming the first person with an exclusively digital and television background to lead a Conde Nast magazine  —  When Samantha Barry was growing up in Ireland, she and her family would gather around the television to watch the 6 o'clock news.
KHOU-TV:
Father of missing sports journalist Courtney Roland says she has been found unharmed and has been taken to the hospital  —  KHOU 11's Michelle Choi reports from the Galleria area on the disappearance of Courtney Roland … BREAKING UPDATE— The father of Courtney Roland says she has been found safe …
Graham Ruddick / The Guardian:
The BBC has banned journalists who tweeted support for Carrie Gracie from presenting on-air segments about the gender pay row at the corporation  —  EHRC writes to corporation as journalists who publicly supported former China editor are told they cannot now report on gender pay row
Cale Guthrie Weissman / Fast Company:
Twitter has quietly started verifying users again, after pausing verifications in November alongside a promise of a new authentication and verification program  —  Twitter, the magical social media platform where rules are implemented and changed as quickly as hyenas appear in the night …
Discussion: New York Magazine
John Koblin / New York Times:
FX: at least 487 original TV programs aired in 2017, up from 455 in 2016 and 288 in 2012, fuelled by Netflix airing 117 shows in 2017, up from 24 in 2013  —  PASADENA, Calif. — Too many TV shows to choose from?  —  You're not alone.  —  At least 487 original scripted programs aired in 2017 …
Ingrid Lunden / TechCrunch:
Google News engineering director says an unintentional tech issue resulted in some sites being delisted over the past few days and is working on a fix  —  PSA: If you are a smaller news site that has suddenly discovered you've been removed from Google News, you are not alone — and a fix is coming from Google.
Ellie Hall / BuzzFeed:
Milo Yiannopoulos' lawyers withdraw as counsel, citing a breakdown in relationship; Yiannopoulos to represent himself in lawsuit against Simon & Schuster  —  His former lawyers have withdrawn as counsel, citing “a breakdown in the relationship.”  —  Alt-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos …
Variety:
Facebook has signed a multi-year, multi-territory licensing deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, allowing users to upload and share media from the catalog  —  Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Facebook on Monday announced the signing of a licensing agreement.  —  The multi-territory …
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Right-wing writer Chuck Johnson files lawsuit in California against Twitter claiming he was banned for his political views in violation of free speech rights  —  For years, the controversial right-wing activist Charles C. Johnson has threatened to sue Twitter, which banned him in 2015.
Discussion: Mashable
 
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Aidan McLaughlin / Mediaite:
MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said a source close to Trump claimed he has early onset dementia, but the Washington Post removed the quote from his column twice
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Bloomberg Media partners with Bell Media to create a Canadian business news service, BNN Bloomberg, which will launch in Spring 2018
Reuters:
The Indian government named a reporter in a criminal complaint after she wrote an article alleging a data breach in the Aadhaar federal identity database
Broadway World:
At the Golden Globes, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced it is awarding two grants of $1M each to the ICIJ and Committee to Protect Journalists
Discussion: ICIJ and Tubefilter
Lucia Moses / Digiday:
A year after launch, Facebook Journalism Project gets mixed reviews for developing products with news outlets, providing training, and helping to curb hoaxes
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Jesse Abdenour / Columbia Journalism Review:
Study: news stations in competitive markets are more likely to produce investigative stories, and high quality investigations appear to raise ratings
Stefania D'Ignoti / Nieman Lab:
Profile of Jordan-based podcast network Sowt, which produces and curates original Arabic-language content on social issues like religion and gender taboos
Discussion: Variety
Ross Benes / Digiday:
Purch, a publisher that owns sites such as Tom's Guide, Top Ten Reviews, Live Science, makes ~$120M a year in revenue, with ~$24M coming from licensing ad tech
Linette Lopez / Business Insider:
Sources: White House adviser Stephen Miller was escorted off a CNN set by security after an interview with Jake Tapper