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4:15 AM ET, January 24, 2019

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Wall Street Journal:
BuzzFeed is planning layoffs that could affect around 250, or 15% of the jobs across the company, in the news and business units  —  Layoffs could affect about 250 jobs across the company  —  BuzzFeed is planning to lay off about 15% of its workforce, according to people familiar with the situation …
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In email to staff, CEO Jonah Peretti says BuzzFeed will make a 15% overall reduction in headcount next week, will share more about its future structure soon  —  “Unfortunately, revenue growth by itself isn't enough to be successful in the long run," CEO Jonah Peretti wrote in an email to staff.
CNBC:
Verizon Media Group, which owns Yahoo and AOL, plans to cut 7% of its global workforce, according to an email to employees from CEO Guru Gowrappan  —  Independent Programming Subscribe to CNBC PRO Licensing & Reprints Join the CNBC Panel Advertise With Us Closed Captioning Digital Products Privacy Policy Internships
Steven Hsieh / Phoenix New Times:
Two laid off at The Arizona Republic, sources say, as Gannett cost cutting hits newspapers in Indianapolis, Knoxville, TN, Asheville, NC, and more  —  The Arizona Republic laid off two staffers on Wednesday as part of a national cost-cutting effort by Gannett, the paper's parent company, according sources in the newsroom.
The Atlantic:
Four additional men accuse Bryan Singer, director of X-Men and Bohemian Rhapsody, of seducing or raping them as minors  —  Over the past two decades, Bryan Singer's films—The Usual Suspects, Valkyrie, Superman Returns, four of the X-Men movies—have earned more than $3 billion at the box office …
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Chris Welch / The Verge:
After Netflix price hikes, Hulu will lower its base, ad-supported subscription plan to $6/mo, down from $8/mo, and hike its Live TV service to $45/mo on Feb. 26  —  The core service is getting cheaper, but live TV now costs more  —  Hulu just announced that it will lower the price of its base …
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
Reporters Maya Kosoff and Anna Breslaw leave the new Gawker after Bustle Digital Group refused to oust editorial director Carson Griffith over offensive remarks  —  The new site's only two full-time writers exited Wednesday in protest of editorial director Carson Griffith's offensive remarks about everything from race to penis size.
Brian Steinberg / Variety:
Fox News is launching “Hannity on Air”, a look at the opening monologue of Sean Hannity's radio show, on its Fox Nation video streaming service next week  —  Sean Hannity sometimes tells younger colleagues at Fox News Channel that he is “the bridge between two generations of Fox” …
Meg James / Los Angeles Times:
After a three-year court battle, judge affirms the view of Sumner Redstone's family that he understands what's going on around him, appoints guardian ad litem  —  The titanic battle over media mogul Sumner Redstone's mental state ended with a whimper in a nearly empty Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday.
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Sheila Marikar / Fortune:
How Quibi's Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman are landing top talent in entertainment and media ahead of the mobile video platform's launch by year's end  —  The movie mogul (Disney, DreamWorks Animation) and tech executive (eBay, Hewlett Packard) are aiming for short-form glory with the well-funded Quibi.
Lucinda Southern / Digiday:
The Economist will launch The Intelligence, a 20-minute daily news podcast on Jan. 29, which has taken a year to create and is supported by eight new staffers  —  The Economist is the latest publisher to launch a daily news podcast in order to broaden its reach in audio and ultimately drive people to subscribe.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Trump-era press briefings are exercises in futility and lying, but we need them anyway so reporters can probe and pressure the administration  —  There's an old joke, recounts Woody Allen's character Alvy Singer, in the movie “Annie Hall.”  —  Two elderly women are at a Catskills mountain resort …
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John Wagner / Washington Post:
On Twitter, Trump says he told Sarah Sanders “not to bother” with press briefings, citing his belief that the press covers her “rudely and inaccurately”
 
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Vanessa Romo / NPR:
Iranian journalist Marzieh Hashemi, who was arrested on arrival in US this month and jailed until she testified before a grand jury, has been released
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Gene Demby / NPR:
With the exception of news outlets run by and aimed at people of color, mainstream news outlets employ euphemisms rather than use the word “racist”
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Sinclair, the largest operator of local TV stations in the US, hires liberal commentator Ameshia Cross as a counterpoint to its heavily-conservative commentary
Louise Matsakis / Wired:
Google announces it will contribute an additional $3.1M to Wikimedia and give Wikipedia editors free access to Custom Search API and Cloud Vision API
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Microsoft now offers NewsGuard, a plug-in that guides users on which news websites can be trusted, as an option on mobile versions of its Edge browser
Chris Welch / The Verge:
Google launches YouTube TV in 95 new US markets, says it now covers 98% of US households
Jeffrey A. Trachtenberg / Wall Street Journal:
Condé Nast will put all its titles behind paywalls by the end of the year, after success with metered paywalls for The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Wired
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Consumer finance journalist Martin Lewis drops his lawsuit against Facebook over scam ads, after the company agrees to donate £3M to set up an anti-scam project
Beatrice Verhoeven / The Wrap:
Endeavor Content hires Tim Robinson, formerly COO of production company Avalon, for its newly created COO role