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6:05 PM 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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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
Dominic Patten / Deadline:
Disney will close Disneyland Resort in California, beginning March 14 through the end of the month, will keep paying cast members and keep Downtown Disney open  —  UPDATE; 1:27 PM: The Walt Disney Company is shutting down its Anaheim theme parks on Saturday as the coronavirus spreads.
Jeanine Poggi / Ad Age:
NBC, CBS, and WarnerMedia cancel live upfronts, the events scheduled through mid-May to entice advertisers, due to COVID-19; they will stream or televise events  —  They will stream their events instead, while NBC will also televise its presentation  —  NBCUniversal, CBS and WarnerMedia …
Variety:
Stocks of media conglomerates were hammered Thursday, with ViacomCBS down 18.5%, Disney down 13%, AT&T down 9.2%, and Comcast down 7.8%  —  UPDATED: U.S. equities markets ended the day with the biggest percentage drop since the 1987 stock market crash, with the Dow plummeting 10% Thursday amid …
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.
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.
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 …
Playbill:
Broadway theaters suspend all performances starting at 5pm today through April 12, under the direction of NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo  —  The closure is effective at 5 PM tonight, and will last through April 12.  —  Broadway theatres will go dark beginning 5 PM, March 12, by order of Governor Andrew Cuomo.
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 …
Nicholas Quah / Nieman Lab:
Irish broadcaster RTE to release a show in five languages, following in the footsteps of Wondery and iHeartMedia, which announced similar plans in August  —  Welcome to Hot Pod, a newsletter about podcasts.  This is issue 249, dated March 10, 2020.  —  Spotify's Gimlet Media hires a new head of content.
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  —  President Trump has been widely and correctly excoriated for the way he is dealing with the novel coronavirus.  By minimizing the danger, he heightens it.
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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
 
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Doug Haddix / IRE:
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