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3:40 PM ET, January 26, 2018

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Richard Deitsch / Sports Illustrated:
Jemele Hill, the ESPN anchor called out by Trump in a tweet after she called him a white supremacist, is leaving SportsCenter to join The Undefeated  —  ESPN's SportsCenter will need a new co-host as Jemele Hill is expected to leave the show for a position with The Undefeated.
Will Oremus / Slate:
Google is testing Bulletin, an app for allowing local users to submit stories about their communities, as a limited pilot in Nashville, TN and Oakland, CA  —  Google appears to be testing a new tool for people to report and publish local news stories, called Bulletin.
Mathew Ingram / Columbia Journalism Review:
Interview with BuzzFeed CEO Jonah Peretti, on Facebook's News Feed changes and lack of revenue sharing, BuzzFeed's revenue miss in 2017, and more  —  Photo courtesy BuzzFeed.  —  BuzzFeed co-founder and CEO Jonah Peretti is the kind of guy who never sees the cloud, only the silver lining, no matter how dark things get.
Media Matters for America:
Cable news outlets CNN, Fox, and MSNBC devoted a scant 16+ minutes total to coverage of the Kentucky high school shooting  —  A deadly shooting rampage at a Kentucky high school that left two students dead and 18 others wounded received minimal coverage on cable news the day of the shooting.
Reuters:
China's Bytedance partners with BuzzFeed to distribute its content on Toutiao, though how Toutiao will select content not subject to censorship is unclear  —  BEIJING/SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A popular Chinese news portal has signed a deal with U.S. online media company BuzzFeed to distribute …
Discussion: Bloomberg, Sixth Tone and Quartz
Nick Fernandez / Media Matters for America:
In June 2017, Hannity and guests called on Robert Mueller to resign, recuse himself, or be fired 39 times, claimed Mueller had a conflict of interest 102 times  —  The New York Times reported that in June 2017, President Donald Trump ordered White House counsel Don McGahn to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.
Dave McNary / Variety:
Casey Affleck, accused of sexually abusive conduct in 2010, withdraws from customary role of prior year's best actor presenting best actress award at Oscars  —  Casey Affleck has withdrawn from presenting the best actress award at the March 4 Academy Award ceremonies.
Alexandria Neason / Columbia Journalism Review:
Emails show Texas Monthly had a deal with Bumble, for app to pay for social media promotion of Texas Monthly cover story featuring Bumble's founder  —  The skyline of Austin, Texas, where Texas Monthly is headquartered.  Photo by KBaucherel via Pixabay  —  It's no secret that all media outlets-print …
Erik Wemple / Washington Post:
CNN reinstates political analyst Ryan Lizza, who was fired by The New Yorker after sexual misconduct allegations  —  CNN is reinstating Ryan Lizza, the Washington political reporter who was fired from the New Yorker for alleged sexual misconduct.  “Upon learning of The New Yorker's decision …
Laura Hazard Owen / Nieman Lab:
How Outside magazine's online edition practices diversity and transparency by establishing quotas for new writers, a 50/50 male/female ratio, and more  —  A lot of publications are paying lip service to inclusiveness and diversity.  Outside is actually doing it.
Discussion: @laurahazardowen, Folio and Vanity Fair
Reuters:
Sources: Viacom CEO Bob Bakish and CBS CEO Leslie Moonves held “exploratory” discussion on merging companies; boards expected to discuss merger in coming weeks  —  (Reuters) - Viacom Inc (VIAB.O) Chief Executive Bob Bakish and CBS Corp (CBS.N) CEO Leslie Moonves …
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Kim Masters / Hollywood Reporter:
Analysis of behind-the-scenes maneuvers to merge Viacom and CBS and the futures of CEOs Bob Bakish and Leslie Moonves, as Shari Redstone pushes for scale
Discussion: FierceCable
 
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Scott Hilton / Walmart:
Walmart to start selling ebooks, audiobooks, and ereaders powered by Rakuten's digital book arm, Kobo, as part of Walmart-Rakuten alliance
Reuters:
Sources: Chinese live-video streaming startup Kuaishou is close to raising $1B led by Tencent at an ~$18B valuation and plans to IPO in the second half of 2018
Register-Guard:
GateHouse Media is buying The Register-Guard in Eugene, Oregon, from the Baker family; GateHouse now has publications in 36 states, 130 daily newspapers
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Ashley Cullins / Hollywood Reporter:
Former assistant for Harvey Weinstein sues him and Weinstein Company for discrimination and harassment, detailing required tasks to support his liaisons
Chris Roush / Talking Biz News:
Reports: Kimi Yoshino, business editor at the LA Times and an editor on the Pulitzer-winning Bell corruption scandal stories, was suspended for two days