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6:40 PM ET, January 14, 2019

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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:
37% of Gannett's revenue is from digital, but its print ad revenue plummeted nearly 20% in 2018, and it has a duty to its shareholders to consider DFM's bid  —  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:
Sources: Alden Capital's Digital First Media plans to bid for Gannett after quietly acquiring a 7.5% stake, will offer a 23% premium over Friday's closing price  —  A hedge-fund-backed media group known for buying up struggling local papers and cutting costs is planning to make an offer …
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Sources: NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke is shuffling roles among his executive team, as the company prepares to launch its ad-supported streaming service in 2020  —  NBCUniversal is set to unveil a major shakeup of its top executive ranks as CEO Steve Burke reorganizes his direct reports …
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CNBC:
NBC says it will launch an ad-supported streaming service in Q1 2020, free for pay-TV subscribers; source says the service may cost ~$12/month for everyone else  —  - NBC's streaming service will be a free, ad-supported product to anyone that subscribes to a pay-TV service.
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.
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 …
Matt Donnelly / Variety:
Source: John Lasseter faced blunt questions from female employees at a townhall 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 …
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 …
 
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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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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
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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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