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3:35 AM ET, January 15, 2019

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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
NBCUniversal promotes Bonnie Hammer to lead upcoming streaming service, aligns its content businesses under Mark Lazarus and Jeff Shell  —  NBCUniversal is set to unveil a major shakeup of its top executive ranks as CEO Steve Burke reorganizes his direct reports and the company prepares …
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CNBC:
NBCUniversal says it will launch an ad-supported streaming service in Q1 2020 that is free for pay-TV subscribers; source: non-subscribers could pay ~$12/month  —  - NBC's streaming service will be a free, ad-supported product to anyone that subscribes to a pay-TV service.
Associated Press:
Gannett says it has received Digital First Media's $1.36B takeover bid and that its board will evaluate the offer  —  DENVER (AP) — The publisher of USA Today has received a $1.36 billion takeover bid from a media group with a history of taking over struggling newspapers and slashing costs.
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Ken Doctor / Nieman Lab:
A look at the decline of Gannett over the past decade, its duty to maximize shareholder value, and possible paths forward as it considers MNG Enterprises' offer  —  Alden Global Capital, the most reviled newspaper owner in the business, now wants to buy Gannett, the United States' largest daily newspaper company.
Cara Lombardo / Wall Street Journal:
MNG Enterprises, better known as Digital First Media, has built a 7.5% stake in Gannett and has offered $12/share, a 23% premium over Friday's closing price
Jim Rutenberg / New York Times:
Trump's attack on Bezos and praise of the National Enquirer comes amid news that American Media's Pecker is a cooperating witness in SDNY's Stormy Daniels probe  —  Even by the tweeting habits of the 45th president of the United States, it was a puzzler.  —  Until you examined it.
Mark Armstrong / WordPress:
WordPress.com launches Newspack, a publishing platform aimed at small and medium-sized news outlets and backed by Google, ConsenSys, Lenfest, Knight, and others  —  Over the past 15 years, WordPress has grown to become the world's most popular publishing platform for the open web — and it's especially true for news organizations.
Ellen Cranley / INSIDER:
A lack of black reporters in an announcement about CBS journalists covering the 2020 election sparked debate on Twitter from writers, politicians, and others  —  - “Scandal” actress Kerry Washington and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were among Twitter users who criticized CBS for seemingly …
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Source: John Lasseter faced blunt questions from female employees at a town hall at his new employer Skydance Animation's LA headquarters  —  Incoming Skydance Animation head John Lasseter was grilled for over an hour and a half on Monday by concerned staffers who wanted to know more details …
Tim Cushing / Techdirt:
Appeals court says that a local official violated the First Amendment by banning a user from commenting on a Facebook page she used for official communication  —  Late last spring, a federal court in New York made it clear Trump's blocking of Twitter users violated those users' First Amendment rights.
Sarah Mervosh / New York Times:
In a tweet, Stephen King urged his local paper The Portland Press Herald not to drop book reviews, so the paper asked for 100 new subscribers to help fund them  —  When the largest daily newspaper in Maine decided it was going to stop publishing regional book reviews, it caused …
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
MailOnline Editor-in-Chief Noah Kotch has left to “pursue other opportunities”, just seven months after leaving his job running FoxNews.com  —  The Daily Mail's editor-in-chief Noah Kotch has left the company “to pursue other opportunities,” a spokesperson for the British tabloid told TheWrap on Monday.
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Joe Mayes / Bloomberg:
Discovery is applying for broadcast licenses in the Netherlands to keep its pay-TV channels up in EU in case of a no-deal Brexit, will open operational HQ there
Henry J. Gomez / BuzzFeed News:
Prominent GOP opposition research group is digging up info on Pulitzer-winning journalist Connie Schultz, wife of potential presidential contender Sherrod Brown
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Arielle Duhaime-Ross / @adrs:
Thread: HBO Vice News Tonight Correspondent Arielle Duhaime-Ross says paragraph about her in Jill Abramson's new book contains at least six errors
James Walker / Press Gazette:
RSF: Afghan citizen journalist Javid Noori becomes first journalist to be killed in 2019, after the Taliban executed him on January 5
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Andrew Albanese / Publishers Weekly:
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