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9:05 AM ET, January 21, 2022


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Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Journalists covering the Olympics plan to use burner phones and laptops as they assume total surveillance by the government intent on controlling China's image  —  Journalists covering the Winter Olympics next month say they'll do their work in Beijing on brand-new cellphones and laptops.
Andy Hall / ESPN Front Row:
ESPN, which planned to send four reporters to the Winter Olympics in China, says it won't send any personnel due to COVID-19 concerns and related restrictions  —  Robust remote coverage plans will kick off prior to start of competition  —  Due to concerns about COVID-19 …
Christine Brennan / USA Today:
NBC Sports says it won't send any Winter Olympics announcing teams to Beijing due to COVID-19 but still plans “a large presence on the ground”
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix reports Q4 revenue of $7.71B, up 16% YoY, net income of $607M, 222M paid subscribers, and $30B in 2021 revenue, up 19%; stock down 15%+ on weak guidance  —  Netflix ended 2021 with a slightly lower-than-expected subscriber gain in the fourth quarter, and its stock took a dive with a weak Q1 outlook.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Docs from Congress' January 6 committee show Sean Hannity texted advice for Trump on January 7, 2021, to then WH press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, now at Fox  —  The Fox News host Sean Hannity had some blunt advice for President Donald J. Trump on Jan. 7, 2021: “No more stolen election talk.”
A.J. Katz / TVNewser:
Memo: David Firestone, NBC News Digital's executive editor and a former NYT reporter and editor, plans to retire in mid-May after 45 years in journalism  —  NBC News Digital executive editor David Firestone is retiring in mid-May after 45 years in the journalism business, the last five of them at NBC.
Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
BBC News has the biggest news account on Instagram, with 20M followers, which it says regularly drives 700K+ clicks weekly to its website, 5x more than in 2019  —  BBC News crossed 20m followers on Instagram in December - the first news account in the world to do so.
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Political reporter Robert Costa is leaving The Washington Post to become a full-time TV journalist at CBS News but will keep collaborating on some Post projects  —  The longtime Washington Post political reporter will take an on-air role covering campaigns and elections.
Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Meta's content moderators seem unable to distinguish Sri Lankan outlet Tamil Guardian from the long-defunct Tamil Tigers, highlighting risks to press freedom  —  Facebook's Dangerous Individuals and Organizations policy, a vast library of secret rules limiting the online speech of billions …
Jennifer Hassan / Washington Post:
A West Virginia TV reporter was hit by a car during a solo live broadcast, highlighting the risks journalists face juggling roles once filled by multiple people  —  Journalist Tori Yorgey was reporting live for a local television station in Dunbar, W.Va., when she was struck by a car Wednesday night …
Lydia Moynihan / New York Post:
Sources: TikTok ousted its marketing chief Nick Tran for “going rogue” with plans like TikTok Kitchen, NFTs by Lil Nas X and others, and TikTok Resumes  —  TikTok's marketing chief has been ousted after blindsiding top management with a series of increasingly bizarre campaigns, The Post has learned.
The Australian Associated Press names former Sydney Morning Herald editor Lisa Davies as CEO, replacing Emma Cowdroy, who will step down but stay at the AAP  —  Emma Cowdroy to step down from heading Newswire service, which was saved from attempted closure by News Corp and Nine
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A judge in Peru sentenced a journalist to prison and fined him $100K, in a politician's defamation lawsuit, as part of a trend of using courts to punish media
Mark Mulligan / MIDiA Research:
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Tom Jones / Poynter:
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Todd Spangler / Variety:
Disney reorganizes its streaming business, including installing former head of Disney+ marketing and operations Joe Earley as president of Hulu
Sara Fischer / Axios:
Three philanthropies invest $20M+ to launch an independent nonprofit news operation in Houston with about 40 journalists in late 2022 or early 2023
New York Times:
André Leon Talley, US Vogue's former editor-at-large and a rare Black fashion editor, dies at 73