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ABC World News Tonight Launches Facebook Newscast (TVNewser)
ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir will host a social media newscast every weekday on Facebook called “Facecast: The One Thing.” Starting Monday, Dec. 1, the one-minute news update aims to give Facebook users a summary of the day’s top stories and trending topics. AllFacebook ABC News said “Facecast: The One Thing” will be shot behind the scenes at its New York headquarters. It will be the first social media daily newscast hosted by an evening news anchor. THR “We are grateful that our audience engages with David Muir and World News Tonight on social media all day long,” said World News Tonight executive producer Almin Karamehmedovic. “We’re very excited to launch a newscast that is exclusively for Facebook, where users can continue the conversation beyond the evening newscast at any time.” HuffPost / AP The “Facecast” will usually be posted in the early afternoon. ABC said Facebook users will see the report in their news stream if they have “liked” World News Tonight, or else will be able to find it on the newscast’s Facebook page. Variety ABC News makes its move as other traditional broadcasters have taken steps to burnish their “traditional” news efforts in digital venues. CBS last month unveiled CBSN, a live streaming-video newscast that offers CBS News reporting between 9 a.m. and midnight eastern each day.

NYT Vet Bill Carter Takes Buyout (FishbowlNY)
The names of New York Times staffers who are accepting buyouts are starting to trickle out. The latest? Bill Carter, a 25-year veteran of the paper. HuffPost Carter said that leaving the paper was a “really wrenching and agonizing decision.” The Times was seeking 100 employees to take buyouts by 5 p.m. on Monday, with layoffs possible if that number isn’t reached. The buyout package is particularly attractive for veteran staffers, with non-management employees receiving three weeks’ salary for every year worked at the paper. New York Post Another veteran staffer applying for a buyout is financial columnist Floyd Norris, but the company appears likely to fall short of its target of 100 buyouts. “There were 53 requests as of 1 p.m.,” said Grant Glickson, the unit representative for the Newspaper Guild at the Times. He said he was also aware of 21 excluded employees that are applying for the voluntary buyout. Poynter / MediaWire Others opting for the buyout: sports reporter Barry Bearak, Edward Wyatt of the Times’ Washington, D.C. bureau, Ron Wertheimer from the culture desk, who says he is retiring as part of the buyout, fellow culture deskers David DeWitt, Christopher Phillips and Ray Cormier, David Geary, the late news desk editor for the past decade, and Don Hecker, an editor in the Times newsroom’s administration unit (and a cofounder of the New York Times Student Journalism Institute).

FBI Leading Probe Into Sony Pictures Hacking Incident (Variety)
The FBI said Monday that it is working with other U.S. law enforcement agencies to investigate a hack attack that hit Sony Pictures Entertainment last week, an incident that was possibly perpetrated by a group affiliated with the communist nation of North Korea. THR The hacking of Sony began about a week ago when a group called Guardians of Peace, or #GOP for short, gained access to the studio’s system and arranged for a bizarre image and poorly worded text to appear on the computer screens of employees. Over Thanksgiving weekend, several Sony movies appeared at piracy websites, though it is not yet known if #GOP is responsible. WSJ The hackers used tools very similar to those used last year to attack South Korean television stations and ATMs, people briefed on the investigation said. The similarity would reinforce a hunch among some investigators, which include Sony, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a team from Silicon Valley security company FireEye Inc., that North Korea played a role in the breach at the film and television studio, one of the largest in the U.S. NBC News There has been speculation that the cyberattack could be linked to an upcoming Sony Pictures film called The Interview, a comedy that features a CIA plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.