The 6 stories PR pros need to know on Wednesday morning, 12.23.2015

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Embattled FIFA chief Sepp Blatter
Embattled FIFA chief Sepp Blatter

APCO Worldwide looks over its options
The Washington, DC-based independent agency is in talks with potential investors. The firm has held discussions with Teneo and BlueFocus, with the former thought to be the preferred option. APCO has more than 30 offices around the globe and revenues of $118 million.

Fox Business thins the GOP pack
There may be as few as six Republican candidates on the main stage during the party’s next presidential debate on Fox Business Network, which is bad news for John Kasich, Carly Fiorina, and possibly even Jeb Bush. Donald Trump still has a commanding lead among GOP voters.

Disney looks to exit Fusion partnership
Two years after partnering with Univision on the Fusion network, which began by targeting English-speaking Hispanic-Americans but changed focus to Millennials, Disney is looking to sell its stake. Fusion said in regulatory filings that it lost $35 million in 2014.

Wednesday’s GOP roundup
Donald Trump says "schlonged" is used all the time in politics, with the media blowing his statements out of proportion. Washington Post retracts cartoon depicting Ted Cruz’s daughters as dancing monkeys; Cruz sends emergency fundraising pitch.


Blatter gives WSJ exclusive
Disgraced FIFA frontman Sepp Blatter chatted with The Wall Street Journal, blaming former allies for his downfall (the world soccer body just suspended him for eight years). He also blamed major sponsors for the organization’s troubles.

Las Vegas Review-Journal editor steps down
In the latest in one of the strangest media stories in years, the top editor of the Las Vegas Review-Journal has quit after the newspaper was bought in secret by casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. The paper’s own journalists exposed the acquisition last week after an investigation. 

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