Facebook To Lift Australian News Ban Soon

Australian Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Facebook confirmed that they have agreed on amendments to proposed legislation to require the social network and Google to pay for Australian news that they feature. Facebook’s cooperation is a major victory in Australian efforts to make the two gateways to the Internet pay for the journalism that they use.

Dems Ask Cable, Tech Giants About ‘Disinformation’ On Conservative TV Channels

“Our country’s public discourse is plagued by misinformation, disinformation, conspiracy theories, and lies” says a letter from Democrats on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which was sent to Comcast, AT&T, Amazon, Apple, Verizon, Charter, Hulu and Roku.

NEWS ANALYSIS

L.A. Times Owner’s Videos Blur Ethical Line

The Los Angeles Times’s ongoing video series about the science behind the novel coronavirus has a lot to recommend it. It is a wide-ranging, probing and factual account of the origins and biology of the pandemic. It also features an unlikely host: Patrick Soon-Shiong, a physician and billionaire biotech entrepreneur. Soon-Shiong happens to be the owner and executive chairman of the Los Angeles Times.

Facebook Blocks News Access In Australia

Australia’s government has condemned Facebook over its suprise move to prevent Australians sharing news that had also blocked some government communications. The digital platforms fear that what’s happening in Australia will become an expensive precedent for other countries as governments revamp laws to catch up with the fast changing digital world.

Tucker Carlson To Produce Content For Fox Nation Streaming Service

TVN FOCUS ON DIGITAL

TVN Focus On Digital | TV Station CMSs Streamline And Simplify

Content management systems are the workhorses of local stations’ digital operations. Executives from Tegna, NBCU, CBS, Gray, Nexstar and Fox have discovered that user simplicity and integrations for multiplatform distribution have become essential attributes. Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.

Vox Finds Its Next Top Editor At The Atlantic

Swati Sharma, 34, prepares to take over the 90-person newsroom of a digital outlet known for its clearsighted articles on knotty issues in the news.

Media Veterans Launch Asheville Watchdog

Asheville, N.C. is by no means a news desert. Residents there have access to The Asheville Citizen Times, Mountain Xpress and Blue Ridge Public Radio as well as other local publications. Yet, a small coalition of veteran professional journalists and media executives want to help produce more local journalism in the area.

TVN’S NEWSROOM INNOVATORS

TVN Newsroom Innovators | KNTV’s Digital Rethink Pays Off

NBCU-owned KNTV in the Bay Area built a digital innovation team composed of unique specialists whose goal was to transform the newsroom’s culture. The team’s ambitious, multimedia investigative projects have garnered an armful of Murrow awards and illuminated bold, new storytelling pathways.

NBC News Plans Year Of Special Reports

Savannah Guthrie’s next one-hour special won’t appear on any of NBC News’ best known properties, which include Today and NBC Nightly News. And yet, it may be of more critical importance to the NBCUniversal-owned news organization than any in-depth report she’s presented in recent months. Guthrie will today kick off a week-long focus by NBC News on the mental health of young people during the pandemic, the first of what NBC News President Noah Oppenheim says will be a year-long effort to provide deep reports — one a week — around specific topics across NBC News media properties.

NBCLX To Present ‘Xploration Mars Week’ Beginning Feb. 15

NBCLX, NBC and Telemundo owned stations’ TV and streaming network designed for adults 18-45, will present comprehensive Xploration Mars Week coverage of NASA’s Mars 2020 Perseverance Rover’s mission to Mars, beginning Feb. 15. Xploration Mars Week will be highlighted by 1.5 hours of live coverage of the Red Planet landing Feb. 18, beginning at 3 p.m. ET. As part […]

Fox News Digital Names David Trulio Managing Editor

Also announced were the promotions of Michael Arroyo and Kelley Kramer to deputy managing editors.

ViacomCBS Plans ‘60 Minutes’ Streaming Spinoff

ViacomCBS is reviving a streaming version of the newsmagazine 60 Minutes, hoping the series can draw viewers to its new online service Paramount+, according to people familiar with the situation. The company had created a spinoff of the show called 60 in 6 for the short-lived Quibi, but it was left in limbo when the streaming startup announced plans to close down in October.

Tubi Expands Live News Streams

Fox Corp. streaming service Tubi is expanding the live news offering it debuted last fall, adding nearly 80 stations owned by Cox, Hearst, Scripps and Tegna. The 24-hour live feeds will join those of 17 Fox-owned stations and Altice USA’s News 12 New York in a section of the streaming app called News on Tubi. National streaming outlets run by Fox, NBC, Bloomberg and others are also on the free, ad-supported platform.

Haystack News Adds Live News Feeds From Bloomberg

PBS Digital Will Show duPont-Columbia Journalism Awards

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH EMILY STONE

TVN Executive Session | Social Media Commenting Gets Messy, But Fox Stations Are Hanging In

Tempers and temperatures may be rising on social media platforms, but Fox Television Stations’ Emily Stone, VP of digital content operations, say they’re still an essential conduit between viewers and stations and often prompt new story ideas. Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.

The New York Times Tops 7.5 Million Subscriptions As Ads Decline

In its fourth-quarter earnings report, The New York Times Co. said 2020 was its biggest year for adding subscribers.

Philadelphia Inquirer Kills Comments Section On Most Stories

MONDAY MEMO

Market Share | WCAU Courts Streaming Viewers With ‘The Lineup’

The NBC O&O in Philadelphia just launched a news program developed especially for an audience that is doubling every year — streamers.

New Season Of ‘Lara Logan Has No Agenda’ Debuts On Fox Nation Feb. 1

Washington Post, Reuters, Los Angeles Times Search For New Top Editors

In an industrywide changing of the guard, other big newsroom jobs that have come open include the No. 1 slots at Vox, HuffPost and Wired. Above, Martin Baron, the executive editor of The Washington Post, announced this week that he was stepping down after a 45-year career.

Twitter Launches ‘Birdwatch,’ Forum

In an effort to combat misinformation, Twitter says it hopes to build a community of “Birdwatchers” that can eventually help moderate and label tweets in its main product.

Washington Post Editor Marty Baron Retires

Martin Baron, executive editor of the Washington Post and recipient of multiple Pulitzer Prizes over the course of his career, announced his retirement today. Baron spearheaded Spotlight, the Boston Globe’s investigation into attempts by the Catholic Church to cover-up sexual abuse, and oversaw the Post’s editorial transformation under Amazon founder Jeff Bezos — turning it from a regional paper into a national brand.

Tegna Expands Verify, Names Managing Editor

The station group taps Jonathan Forsythe as managing editor of its Verify anti-disinformation iniative. He will oversee the daily content production of Verify, including segments for television, web articles, social content and other products. He is also responsible for recruiting and managing Verify’s team of journalists, producers and audience-engagement specialists as well as working with Tegna stations to source story ideas and co-produce content.

NY Times Under Fire For Terminating Editor Following Pro-Biden Tweets

The New York Times has received criticism for canceling the contract of editor Lauren Wolfe after she tweeted last Tuesday that she got “chills” over Joe Biden arriving in Washington, D.C., ahead of his inauguration as president. Wolfe, an award-winning journalist who has reported from war zones in Syria and Congo, became a trending topic on Twitter over the weekend as people expressed outrage over her ouster, called for her reinstatement and set up a Venmo account to provide financial aid.

How The Media Covered The Inauguration

A recap of notable moments from the historic inauguration of the 46th president … and the unusual departure of the 45th.

Pro-Trump Media Keeps Disinformation Flowing

Forgoing any appeals for healing or reflection, right-wing media organizations that spread former President Donald J. Trump’s distortions about the 2020 election continued on Wednesday to push conspiracy theories about large-scale fraud, with some predicting more political conflict in the months ahead.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette To Drop Friday Print Edition, Expand Sunday Paper

Layoffs Hit Fox News Digital Amid Restructuring

The company had added to its workforce to help with its coverage of the 2020 election, and with the election over the company is adjusting its staffing to account for the less intense news cycle.

‘LX News New York’ Premieres On NBCLX

Hosted by WNBC New York Digital Reporter Kay Angrum and produced by WNBC, LX News New York gives Tri-State audiences a daily roundup of the news and community stories happening around them.

Emily Phillips Promoted At Hearst Television

She is tapped to oversee the station group’s digital content teams as senior director and managing editor.

Newsy Content Now Available on SendtoNews

SendtoNews (STN), an independent online video platform, has entered an agreement to add Newsy digital video content to its library, making it available to more than 1,800 digital publishers. Newsy is E.W. Scripps’ national news network that delivers breaking, world, science, tech and political news videos, that empower their audience with facts and context to make informed decisions. […]

Political Unrest Expected To Dampen Ad Spending For News Sites

This was supposed to be the year when digital ad spending loosened up again after double-digit losses last year. However, some media buyers hit an immediate pause following last week’s Capitol siege.

Jason Klarman Named President Of Fox Nation

In addition to heading the new streaming service, he will retain his role as executive vice president of marketing at Fox News Media.

How Streaming Experiments Put Viewers First

Is on-demand streaming the future of local TV news? For Scripps ABC affiliate KGUN Tucson, Ariz., OTT is not just a convenience for viewers. It’s an opportunity to experiment aggressively with new programming driven by new technology — and a way to deepen ties with the community.

Hearst TV Ups Mourelo To Digital News VP

In his new role, Ernesto Mourelo will continue to lead the digital strategy for the station group while also leading Hearst Television’s central news team that publishes national and feature news content, produces original video for company franchises including Stitch and “Dispatches from the Middle,” and manages the company’s digital copy desk.

Conservative Media Decry Capitol Riot, But Grievances Remain

Dealing with the shocking breach of the national landmark was a complex task for outlets aimed at Trump’s base, many of whom are suspicious of more mainstream news sources. Most were clear: the violence was indefensible.

Punchbowl Seems To Think The Next Four Years Will Be Normal

A Beltway school of journalism wants to get back to just-the-facts-ma’am reporting. But how do you cover this Republican Party?

WRC’s Aaron Gilchrist Leaving For NBC News Now