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10:30 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
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Telemundo to debut Noticias Telemundo, Mediodía, a midday national newscast on Jan. 22, will also livestream via mobile apps, its website, and social media  —  Spanish-language broadcaster Telemundo said it would launch a new midday national newscast to its programming lineup as part …
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
Jason Schwartz / Politico:
Facebook to host fact-checking partners in early February to discuss how to help them be more effective and increase impact  —  Criticized for not sharing data, the social network is calling its fact-checkers together to discuss a more open approach.  —  After months of criticism …
Discussion: PEN America
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
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.
 
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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
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
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
 Earlier Picks: 
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
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
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