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6:00 PM ET, March 6, 2020


 Top News: 
Maxwell Tani / The Daily Beast:
HuffPost EIC Lydia Polgreen is stepping down and joining Gimlet Media as head of content “later this spring”  —  MOVING ON  —  HuffPost Editor in Chief Lydia Polgreen is leaving the news outlet to join podcasting company Gimlet Media as the head of content, The Daily Beast has confirmed.
Sharareh Drury / Hollywood Reporter:
Hachette drops Woody Allen's memoir following a staff walkout on Thursday, says it will return all rights to the author  —  “At HBG we take our relationships with authors very seriously, and do not cancel books lightly," the publishing company said in a statement.
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Dozens of Hachette Book Group staffers stage a walkout over an imprint's plans to publish Woody Allen's memoir, in solidarity with Ronan and Dylan Farrow
Megan Graham / CNBC:
SXSW, which was scheduled for March 13-22, has been canceled due to concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak  —  - SXSW was canceled after a string of high-profile cancellations including Twitter, Facebook and TikTok.  — The conference had been scheduled to take place between March 13 and 22.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
AT&T's WarnerMedia, which includes HBO, CNN, and Warner Bros., scales back its participation in SXSW, saying it decided “not to move forward with activations”  —  UPDATED: AT&T's WarnerMedia scaling back its participation in SXSW 2020 in Austin, Texas, joining a growing list …
Karlene Lukovitz / MediaPost:
Quibi partners with Canadian telecom Bell, which will promote the streamer and produce a daily news program and sports update
Discussion: Canadian Press
Washington Post:
Study: 86K+ Facebook pages ran at least one political ad that was not properly disclosed, and ~20K ads had been purchased by “likely inauthentic communities”  —  The Facebook ad purchased by a page called “Angry Buckeyes” in December seemed ordinary at first …
Sources: Gray Television makes an ~$8.5B bid for Tegna, including debt; Tegna has also attracted attention from Apollo Global Management; Tegna stock up 22%+  —  (Reuters) - U.S. regional TV station operator Gray Television Inc (GTN.N) has made an offer to acquire larger peer Tegna Inc …
Fadel Allassan / Axios:
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Thrillist President Ocean MacAdams, who joined the company in 2017, is leaving; Chief Content Officer Meghan Kirsch will head the company  —  Ocean MacAdams has departed Group Nine Media's Thrillist, the lifestyle digital media brand covering food, drink, travel and entertainment, after two and half years, Variety has learned.
Discussion: MediaPost and Adweek
Keith J. Kelly / New York Post:
Sources: Meredith is shutting down a studio behind an upcoming Apple+ show, laying off 10 staff; it will no longer produce or license shows to outside clients  —  A Meredith video production unit behind a new Apple+ show called “Home,” set to debut next month, is shutting down.
Alex Emmons / The Intercept:
Sen. Wyden and Rep. Khanna introduce bill narrowing the scope of the Espionage Act so journalists can't be prosecuted for soliciting and publishing information  —  Almost a year after the Trump administration unsealed an indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange …
Rick Edmonds / Poynter:
The News Leaders Association, formed by merging the American Society of News Editors and Associated Press Media Editors, postpones 2020 meeting to spring 2021  —  The News Leaders Association — formed by the merger of two newspaper editors' associations — has canceled its 2020 annual conference …
Discussion: @rickedmonds
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Jim Waterson / The Guardian:
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Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
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