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11:00 AM ET, March 12, 2020

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Sara Fischer / Axios:
A look at how media outlets are responding to COVID-19: remote work and interviews, shifting conferences to virtual forums, talk show tapings without audiences  —  Newsrooms are creating contingency plans to make sure that they can adequately inform the public about the novel coronavirus while keeping their own employees safe.
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Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
Rupert Murdoch, who at 89 still exerts influence at Fox News, could save lives and viewers by ordering the network to emphasize the seriousness of COVID-19  —  The insidious feedback loop between President Trump and Fox News is no secret.  —  When Trump says “jump,” the network leaps into action.
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Max Boot / Washington Post:
Never has conservative media's contempt for facts and science been more dangerous, as Fox News puts lives at risk by minimizing the danger from coronavirus
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Comscore announces a partnership with Twitch to measure activity like minutes spent and content minutes per ad minute, starting with audiences in US and Canada  —  Measurement firm Comscore announced this morning a partnership with Amazon-owned game streaming site, Twitch.
Discussion: MediaPost and Comscore, Inc.
Rebecca Rubin / Variety:
MPA: global entertainment market reached a record $100B+ in 2019: box office hit $42.5B, digital and mobile entertainment brought in $58.8B, up 14% YoY  —  The global entertainment market — consisting of theatrical and home entertainment — has surpassed $100 billion in revenues …
Variety:
A look at the unprecedented crisis that media conglomerates like Disney face because of COVID-19, as streaming companies face obstacles to producing content  —  The cancellation of SXSW on March 6 due to the coronavirus epidemic sent shockwaves through the entertainment industry.
Reuters:
Source: Brian Lesser has resigned as chief executive of AT&T's advertising unit Xandr, which launched a TV ad-buying tool earlier Wednesday  —  (Reuters) - Brian Lesser, chief executive of AT&T Inc advertising unit Xandr, has resigned, according to a source familiar with the matter …
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Brian Steinberg / Variety:
AT&T's Xandr says AMC Networks, WarnerMedia, and Disney joined Xandr Invest, its self-serve ad-buying platform, which will be available for 2020 “upfronts”
Kristen Hare / Poynter:
How local newspapers in San Francisco, Seattle, Tampa, and Philadelphia are covering coronavirus, which has become a local story  —  When global becomes local:  —  On Thursday, Feb. 27, journalists at The Seattle Times held a meeting to talk about how they'd cover the coronavirus.
Peter White / Deadline:
CBS All Access to launch Tooning Out the News on March 16; animated characters will mock the news of the day in short daily segments and a weekly full episode  —  Animated anchor James Smartwood will start mocking the news later this month after CBS All Access set a premiere date for Stephen Colbert …
Discussion: Mediaite
Joe Flint / Wall Street Journal:
Source: Byron Allen has made an all-cash bid on Tegna worth about $8.5B, which values the broadcaster at $4.4B  —  Tegna is one of the biggest broadcasters in the industry  —  Budding media mogul Byron Allen has made a bid for broadcaster Tegna Inc. that values the owner of 62 local television stations …
Ben Collins / NBC News:
Investigation finds that books dominating Amazon's search results on COVID-19 are often plagiarized from news outlets, with authors lacking verifiable IDs  —  The listings highlight the challenge that Amazon has faced as consumers have turned to the company for a variety of goods and information.
 
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Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
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Reporters Without Borders:
On the one-year anniversary of the last official, televised White House press briefing, RSF calls on the Trump administration to re-establish daily briefings
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube says it will enable ads on a limited number of videos about coronavirus, including from some news partners and creators who accurately self-certify
Christopher Vourlias / Variety:
Purely Capital, which wants to automate, streamline, and standardize the process of financing film and TV production, launches with $150M in funding
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Shayna Jacobs / Washington Post:
Harvey Weinstein is sentenced to 23 years in prison for sexually assaulting two women
Doug Haddix / IRE:
An attendee of IRE's NICAR conference in New Orleans has tested presumptively positive for COVID-19, has mild symptoms, and is self-quarantining for 14 days
Zach Montellaro / Politico:
Due to COVID-19, Sunday's debate between Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders will be held without an in-person audience, and CNN won't host a press center or spin room