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Larry King, Legendary TV Talk Show Host, Dies at 87

CNN: Larry King, the longtime CNN host who became an icon through his interviews with countless newsmakers and his sartorial sensibilities, has died. He was 87. King hosted "Larry King Live" on CNN for over 25 years. He had been hospitalized with Covid-19 in late...

Google Bullies Australia, Pleases France Over News

Sidney Morning Herald: Google said it would shut off search in Australia if the government forces the internet giant to pay for news. Google is likely fearful the move could set a global precedent. France 24: In a first in Europe, Google and French publishers said...

Facebook Sends Trump Ban to New Oversight Board

Associated Press: Facebook is passing the buck for its indefinite suspension of former president Trump to a quasi-independent oversight board, setting up a major test of the recently established panel. The social media giant said that it believes it made the right...

MGM to Delay New James Bond Film Until October

CNET: "No Time To Die," the latest entry into the storied James Bond franchise, was supposed to come out in 2020. Most recently it had a release date in April, but thanks to Covid-19 and its impact on cinema as a whole, the latest 007 film has a brand new release...

ViacomCBS to Roll Out Streamer Pluto TV in France

WorldScreen: ViacomCBS plans to bring Pluto TV to France, making it the first free ad-supported television service to debut in the country. Starting February 8, Pluto TV will be available on all major streaming devices. Its library will include content from both...

Snap CEO Splurges $30 Million on Mansion in Paris

New York Post: Snapchat co-founder Evan Spiegel and supermodel Miranda Kerr have shelled out a whopping $30,358,000 for a sensational Paris mansion. The property spans over 10,000 square feet with an additional 10,000 square feet of their very own private park. The...

Bloomberg Eyes Film, TV Projects with Help of WME

Hollywood Reporter: WME has signed business news agency Bloomberg Media for representation. WME will look to convert the global media brand's journalism and news franchises into film and TV projects for third-party platforms like subscription streaming services. Those...

Tribune Frets as Alden Vows to Rescue Newspapers

Financial Times: Alden Global Capital head Heath Freeman has been called "the Grim Reaper" and a "destroyer of newspapers." But he believes he is saving publications: "We've pretty much bought all of our newspapers out of bankruptcy or near that fate,” he said in an...

New York Times White House Subscription Returns

The Hill: President Biden's White House has renewed subscriptions to the New York Times and the Washington Post after former President Trump canceled them out of anger over how he was portrayed. A White House source said physical copies of both papers arrived on...

Conde Nast Workers Hold a Walkout at New Yorker

WWD: Members of The New Yorker's union, part of the NewsGuild of New York, staged a 24-hour virtual work stoppage Thursday over demands for fair wages and an equitable salary structure. The union represents around 100 editorial staffers at the magazine, including copy...

Meredith Names New Editor at Allrecipes Magazine

PR Newswire: Nichole Aksamit has been named editor in chief of Allrecipes, the bi-monthly magazine of the multi-platform food media brand for home cooks, effective immediately. Previously executive editor of Allrecipes, Aksamit will oversee the print editorial for the...

Bonnier Flip-Flops on Auction of Boating Magazines

New York Post: Bonnier, the Swedish media giant that early last year unveiled plans to sail away from most of the magazines it owns in the US, has suddenly reversed course and plans to hang onto its boating titles that include Yachting and Sailing World. At least...

Forbes to Hire More Journalists for Newsletter Effort

Business Insider: Forbes plans to hire 20 to 30 staff writers for its new Journalist Entrepreneurs program, which will launch subject-specific newsletters. They will split subscription revenue with Forbes 50-50, but won't own the intellectual property, since they are...

Survey: Traditional Media Trust Declines to New Low

Axios: For the first time ever, fewer than half of all Americans have trust in traditional media, according to data from Edelman's annual trust barometer. Trust in social media has hit an all-time low of 27%. Some 56% of Americans agree with the statement that...

Amazon Offers to Help Biden with Rollout of Vaccine

Reuters: Amazon has offered to help with the US efforts involving the Covid-19 vaccine, according to a letter addressed to President Biden. The world's largest online retailer has an agreement with a healthcare provider to administer vaccines at its facilities and...

Facebook, Twitter to Face Big Changes, Experts Say

CNBC: Experts predict the banning of President Trump from social media platforms will force Facebook, Twitter and others to change. "These social media companies need to be dealt with as publishers," said former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya. "And I think at...

Netflix CEO Celebrates Subscriber Win with Denny’s

CNBC: Reed Hastings marked Netflix's 200 million subscriber milestone the same way he has celebrated company milestones in the past — by eating a steak from Denny's all by himself. In 2017, Hastings celebrated Netflix passing 100 million subscribers the same way. This...

Fox Corp News Host Nabs Last-Minute Trump Appeal

CNN: Fox News host Jeanine Pirro successfully lobbied former President Trump in an eleventh-hour effort to pardon her ex-husband in the final hours of Trump's presidency. Pirro was upset that her ex-husband, Albert J. Pirro Jr., wasn't on Trump's final pardon list...

Tribune in Hot Water Over Newspaper’s Unpaid Rent

Chicago Tribune: As the Chicago Tribune prepares to move from Prudential Plaza, the owner of the downtown office complex has sued the newspaper's parent company for $4.8 million in unpaid rent. Property owner Sterling Bay filed the lawsuit against Tribune Publishing...

Gannett to Beef Up Trump News Coverage in Florida

Poynter: With President Trump's departure from the White House to his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida comes a new phase his news coverage — especially for the Palm Beach Post. "For much of South Florida, he has become a major story since he started running for...

News Corp Boosts Barron’s, MarketWatch in Europe

Press Gazette: Dow Jones has been building up its financial newsbrands MarketWatch and Barron's in the UK and Europe – where it hopes to make them as well-known as they are in the US. "We thought these two brands have probably been punching below their weight, so we...

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