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3:30 PM ET, January 16, 2019

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Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Sinclair launches Stirr, its ad-supported streaming service combining local news from its TV stations with entertainment channels, at Stirr.com or via apps  —  Sinclair Broadcast Group is diving into the increasingly crowded streaming platform arena with the launch today of Stirr …
Brian Stelter / CNN:
New York Media announces that David Haskell will succeed Adam Moss as editor-in-chief, starting April 1; Haskell has been editor for business and strategy  —  New York (CNN)David Haskell, currently the editor for business and strategy at New York magazine, will succeed Adam Moss as editor in chief of the illustrious publication.
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Jessica Davies / Digiday:
NYT SVP for global advertising says the publisher has not seen ad revenues drop after blocking all open-exchange ad buying on its European pages after GDPR  —  When the General Data Protection Regulation arrived last year, The New York Times didn't take any chances.
Rachel Yang / Variety:
Roku says it is removing two Infowars channels on its platform after criticism from users and a rebuke from some Sandy Hook families  —  Roku has taken the Infowars channel off its platform after the streaming device faced criticism for carrying the controversial program hosted by right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
Jon Levine / The Wrap:
Mic.com has begun quietly publishing again, with articles from two new writers, just weeks after laying off its entire staff and selling itself to Bustle  —  Relaunch is an “appalling but not surprising move,” NewsGuild of New York tells TheWrap  —  Mic.com has begun quietly publishing again …
Jason Guerrasio / Business Insider:
Netflix was tipped off that Hulu would surprise-release its Fyre Festival documentary first but wasn't concerned  — The director of Netflix's Fyre Festival documentary, Chris Smith, told Business Insider that he was tipped off that Hulu was going to release its Fyre doc ahead of his movie's release.
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Scott Tobias / The Ringer:
Dueling Netflix and Hulu documentaries on the failed Fyre Festival raise ethics questions, including paying the festival founder for an interview and footage
Edmund Lee / New York Times:
NewsGuard, a ratings service for news that helps filter misinformation, signs Microsoft as its first client; Microsoft will install it on its mobile browser  —  On the internet, conspiracy theories, propaganda and plain old inaccuracies can stump even the most thoughtful readers, spreading faster than you can say “fake news.”
Washington Post:
Fake editions of the Washington Post that claimed Trump was leaving office were handed out Wednesday morning around Washington DC  —  Fake editions of The Washington Post claiming that President Trump was leaving office were handed out Wednesday morning at multiple locations in Washington, D.C.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube updates its policies, says it prohibits harmful and dangerous challenges and pranks following stunts like the Bird Box and Tide Pod challenges  —  YouTube to creators: don't  —  YouTube has a new message for creators looking to participate in dangerous or potentially harmful stunts …
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Nielsen: US homes receiving over-the-air broadcast channels without a traditional cable or satellite TV subscription increased 48% to 16M over the past 8 years  —  The number of U.S. households without a traditional cable or satellite TV subscription that instead receive broadcast stations using …
Will Oremus / Slate:
Condé Nast's Wired trimmed some editorial positions last Thursday from an apparent editorial staff of about 70; sources says five jobs were cut  —  Is this a sign of more to come at Condé Nast?  —  On Thursday, Wired magazine called an all-hands meeting on the day its newsroom moved …
Discussion: @lydiabelanger
Associated Press:
Iranian state broadcaster Press TV says its American-born news anchor Marzieh Hashemi was arrested on Sunday after arriving in the US  —  TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — The English-language arm of Iran's state television broadcaster is reporting that its prominent American-born news anchor was arrested after flying into the United States.
Discussion: The Guardian, PressTV and Splinter
Laura Wagner / Splinter:
A look at the staff hired at the new Gawker, and those who are rumored to have been approached for jobs  —  Gawker, a good website which was bankrupted in 2016 and then sold last year to Bryan Goldberg, a man committed to face-tuned photos of himself, creating shitty media companies powered …
 
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Thomas Seal / Bloomberg:
UK newspapers are stockpiling newsprint and ink in case the country exits the EU in March without a deal
Shaun Walker / The Guardian:
A Montenegro court has sentenced investigative journalist Jovo Martinović to 18 months in jail on charges that press freedom advocates have called “bogus”
Joe Uchill / Axios:
Report: hackers on a Russian-language hacker forum have been offering to sell access to the content management systems of news sites, including 1,425 US sites
Discussion: @joeuchill
Daniel Reynolds / Advocate:
Memo: Grindr lays off the editorial and social teams of Into, its online LGBTQ magazine launched in August 2017, because the company wants to refocus on video
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Jessica Davies / Digiday:
The Financial Times says its FT Secondary Schools program, which lifts the paywall for participants and was rolled out in 2017, now serves 2.3K schools globally
Yashar Ali / HuffPost:
NBC News standards department initially told staff to avoid calling Rep. Steve King's comments about white supremacy “racist”, then revised standards
Michael Liedtke / Associated Press:
Netflix raises prices for US subscribers by 13%-18%, its biggest hike ever, immediately affecting new subscribers, over next three months for existing customers