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No more trending news

Facebook is removing its trending news section and will show users more information about the articles in their News Feeds amid ongoing concern about Fake News. In a blog, the social media giant said it will use links to other web pages and related content to help add context to articles and publishers so users can easily evaluate credibility. Facebook, which has faced criticism about the spread of misinformation, is also testing breaking news notifications, as well as a tool to show users the latest important news from their local publishers. Certain publishers in the future may also be able to have a breaking news section on their page.


Look magazine has been shut down with its final edition urging readers to help save magazines. The women’s title, which focused on fashion as well as celebrity news and gossip, has been running since 2007 but was closed by owners Time Inc UK amid ‘continuing pressure’ on sales. Its final edition praised similar titles – including Stylist, Fabulous and Cosmopolitan – and used #savemagazines to urge readers to ‘go out and buy [them], otherwise the closure of our beloved brands will continue’. Time Incsays it will now focus ‘even greater effort’ on its flagship title, Marie Claire. Read Press Gazette‘s report here.

Battle of the cities

Channel 4 has shortlisted seven cities to be the broadcaster’s new National HQ. Bristol, Cardiff, the West Midlands, Manchester, Glasgow, Liverpool and Leeds have all been chosen as potential bases for the new facilities, which will include a TV studio. More than 30 cities had applied to be considered. The broadcaster announced earlier this year that it would be establishing three new regional hubs and relocating hundreds of jobs in a bid to diversify its output.

It’s all about the money

The BBC’s World Service is to spend this month exploring money and power, looking at how the two have shaped society and defined relationships. The reports – which will come from countries across the world – will consider both individual families and global finance. The topic was chosen as part of the BBC’s ‘Creative Challenge’, in which all staff can put forward their own ideas.

Comment of the Week 

Media Moves 

Deborah Haynes, The Times’ defence editor, has been appointed foreign affairs editor at Sky News. She replaces Sam Kiley, who left in January.

The Telegraph’s Technology Intelligence team is expanding, with a number of new hires in recent weeks. Robin Pagnamenta has been appointed head of the section, moving from his position as business editor of The Times. Ellie Zolfagharifard, from MailOnline, will join as news editor, while James Cook, from Business Insider UK, is now special correspondent. James Titcomb, who was the Telegraph’stechnology editor in London, will also move to Silicon Valley to head up a team of five journalists.

Duncan Geddes is now Online Night Editor at The Times.

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