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1:10 PM ET, January 12, 2019

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CNN:
NBC and Megyn Kelly have officially parted ways; sources say NBC will pay Kelly the remaining sum of her contract, believed to total about $30M  —  (CNN)Two years after she signed with the network amid much fanfare, Megyn Kelly and NBC have officially parted ways.
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Sources: Viacom in talks to acquire Tubi TV, an ad-supported streaming service partly owned by MGM and Lionsgate; one source estimated a cost of around $300M  —  Nearly every major media company in recent years has launched video streaming services that cost viewers a few dollars a month and don't carry ads …
Discussion: @cityofthetown
Peter Lawrence Kane / SFWeekly:
The East Bay Express has laid off four core members of its editorial staff and is moving to an all-freelance model; editor Robert Gammon remains  —  Four people at the 40-year-old alt-weekly lost their jobs.  —  UPDATE: Robert Gammon, the EBX's editor, has supplied a comment.
Kit Walsh / Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Bird sends dubious DMCA takedown notice to Boing Boing over a post explaining how to legally buy an abandoned Bird scooter and convert it to a personal scooter  —  Every now and then we have to remind someone that it's not illegal for people to report facts that they dislike.
Washington Post:
Washington Post launches an Arabic-language opinions page with translations of Global Opinion columns, editorials, and op-eds  —  New Arabic-language destination will feature translated pieces from writers around the world  —  The Washington Post Opinions section today announced the launch …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
SEC filing: Disney CEO Bob Iger's total compensation in 2018 reached $65.6M, up from $36.2M in 2017, due to increased stock awards  —  On the heels of Disney's historic deal to buy 21st Century Fox, Disney chairman-CEO Bob Iger saw a big increase in compensation last year thanks to stock awards …
Discussion: Multichannel News and The Wrap
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Washington Post:
Over half of the top 20 YouTube search results for “RBG” this week pointed to conspiracy-theory videos about Ruth Bader Ginsburg's health  —  Conspiracy theories about the health of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg have dominated YouTube this week, illustrating how the world's …
Brianna Sacks / BuzzFeed News:
Ex-staffers of Freedom Daily say Brian Kolfage, who raised $20M via a GoFundMe campaign for Trump's wall, pushed them to fabricate stories for his website  —  “He never wanted the truth.  It was all just for clicks, and the more inflammatory, the better," a former employee said.
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NBC News:
Brian Kolfage's previous fundraising efforts relied on two ultra-conservative websites, Freedom Daily and Right Wing News; Kolfage denies he owned Freedom Daily
Matthew Kassel / Columbia Journalism Review:
As President Trump's press bashing continues unabated, local journalists face increased incidents of being spurned and vilified by elected officials  —  Douglas Burns, a fourth-generation journalist, is co-owner of the Daily Times Herald in Carroll, Iowa, a newspaper that has been in his family since 1929.
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Erik Wemple / Washington Post:   WH researcher: Trump participated in 338 short Q&As with reporters in his first two years in office, compared to 75 for Obama, 243 for GW Bush, 394 for Clinton
Dade Hayes / Deadline:
CBS reaches an agreement to keep using Nielsen's Total Audience measurement services, resolving an impasse since their previous contract expired December 31  —  CBS Corp and Nielsen said Friday they have reached an agreement for Nielsen national, digital and local audience measurement.
Brent Lang / Variety:
Sources: CBS Films will fold into CBS Entertainment Group this year, with some layoffs in March and a focus on streaming after current films are released  —  CBS Films will be folded into CBS Entertainment Group over the next twelve months, Variety has learned.
Discussion: The Wrap and Deadline
 
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