Five things PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 12.19.2014

Celebs sing goodbye to The Colbert Report; Sony Pictures Entertainment's Pascal meets with African-American leaders; NY Post: Times to end advertising column.

Five things PR pros need to know on Friday morning, 12.19.2014

1. The in-character version of Stephen Colbert said goodbye last night on the last edition of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central before the comedian moves to CBS to take over the Late Show after David Letterman’s retirement. A star-studded singalong and messages from celebrities sent the show off.

2. Embattled Sony Pictures Entertainment executive Amy Pascal met with prominent black leaders in New York City on Thursday to quell outrage over racially insensitive emails sent by her and other company heavyweights joking about President Obama’s preferences in films.

Another result of the cyberattack against Sony: entertainment moguls are picking up the phone again.

3. The New York Times is doing away with its long-running advertising column with the departure of Stuart Elliott, according to the New York Post. The newspaper veteran said earlier this month that he’s taking a buyout.

4. Yahoo said Thursday that it will cease printing and selling images uploaded to Flickr after users of the service complained that the company was profiting from their work without sharing the wealth. Meanwhile, Instagram purged millions of "ghost accounts" this week.

5. Uber said late Thursday that it will shut down in Portland, Oregon, for 90 days while the city sorts out rules that will allow it to operate there. City officials had filed a suit to force the ride service from operating in Portland. 

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