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4:30 PM ET, January 15, 2020

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Elaine Low / Variety:
Sources: Vice Chairman of NBCUniversal Content Studios George Cheeks has stepped down, to succeed Joe Ianniello as the head of CBS within ViacomCBS  —  George Cheeks, vice chairman of NBCUniversal Content Studios, has stepped down after nearly eight years with the company and is poised …
James Vincent / The Verge:
In a Q&A, Jack Dorsey discusses Twitter's thinking around an edit button and says “we'll probably never do it”  —  You've got to live with your mistakes, which include joining Twitter  —  Twitter users have been asking for the option to edit tweets ever since the service launched in 2006 …
Cynthia Littleton / Variety:
Nexstar to launch News Nation, a three-hour primetime nightly national newscast, broadcast from Chicago on the WGN America cable channel, in mid-summer  —  Nexstar Media Group, the nation's largest owner of TV stations, plans to overhaul the primetime lineup of the WGN America cable channel …
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Fortune to go behind a paywall next month as part of a major overhaul that will see its print magazine cut back to 10 times a year and a redesign of its site  —  Fortune is going to go behind a paywall next month as part of a sweeping redesign of the magazine and website.
BBC:
In New Year's speech to staff, Tony Hall says BBC will move more of its news operations out of London, focus on big themes like climate change and AI, and more  —  Introduction  —  A very happy new year and welcome to Central Square - our new home right in the heart of Cardiff city centre.
Dana Goldstein / New York Times:
Some publishers issue multiple versions of textbooks with different narratives of US history in CA and TX, partly due to political pressure from the states  —  TWO STATES.  EIGHT TEXTBOOKS.  TWO AMERICAN STORIES.  —  American history textbooks can differ across the country, in ways that are shaded by partisan politics.
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
Henry Blodget lays out Insider's growth targets for the next five years: 1M paid subscribers, up from ~200K now, doubling news staff to 1,000, and more  —  Henry Blodget, co-founder and CEO of Business Insider/Insider Inc., summoned his staff last Thursday for a start-of-the-new decade meeting …
Brian Stelter / @brianstelter:
[Thread] HBO to air a documentary in March on “fake news” and the impact of disinformation, directed by Andrew Rossi and executive produced by Brian Stelter  —  HBO just announced something I've been working on for a couple of years: A documentary titled “AFTER TRUTH: DISINFORMATION AND THE COST OF FAKE NEWS.” The film will premiere on TV and online this March. Directed by @a_rossi!
Sara Fischer / Axios:
States Newsroom, a nonprofit supporting 14 newsrooms covering state capitals, plans to expand to 20+ new states in 12-18 months; sites have no paywalls or ads  —  In the next 12 to 18 months, States Newsroom, a nonprofit company that supports a group of state capital-based, independent newsrooms …
 
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Nick Vivarelli / Variety:
BBC Studios, the commercial arm of the broadcaster, to consolidate its distribution businesses in Europe with those in the Middle East and Africa
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Reach, publisher of the UK's Mirror, Express, and Star, expands its hyperlocal news aggregator In Your Area into new regions, creating ten editorial jobs
Dawn Rhodes / Chicago Tribune:
Following closure of Tribune's Spanish-language outlet Hoy, DePaul University student newspaper launches La DePaulia, a Spanish-language news site
Devansh Mehta / International Journalists' Network:
How a citizen journalism platform in India used Bluetooth to distribute news stories via paid messengers' phones in villages with no internet access
Adrienne LaFrance / The Atlantic:
The Atlantic, which once routinely published fiction from writers including Charles Dickens and Eudora Welty, recommits to regularly publishing short fiction
Katherine Tully-McManus / Roll Call:
Capitol Hill reporters object to planned restrictions during Senate impeachment trial, questioning whether rules go beyond safety concerns to limit coverage
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Patrick Wintour / The Guardian:
Iran's initial denial of its role in downing the Ukrainian jet has led to a crisis of confidence in state media, as presenters at state broadcaster IRIB resign
AllAccess.com:
iHeartMedia announces a restructuring to “modernize operations”, with layoffs affecting on-air hosts, program directors, and others in multiple cities
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Sensor Tower: Disney+ was downloaded 30M+ times in the US in Q4 2019, besting TikTok; Disney+ now has 41M+ installs and generated ~$97M in revenue to date
Stephen Shankland / CNET:
Google says it will phase out support for third-party cookies in Chrome within two years
Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
Annette Thomas named CEO of Guardian Media Group, parent company of the Guardian and the Observer; she will start in March
Joshua Benton / @jbenton:
[Thread] A rebuttal of Lawrence Lessig's newly filed lawsuit against the NYT, in which he alleges that a headline and opening paragraph in a story defames him