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4:05 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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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.
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.
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 …
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.
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.
Reporters Without Borders:
RSF reveals 2020 list of the world's 20 worst digital predators, companies and government agencies that use digital technology to spy on and harass journalists  —  To mark this year's World Day Against Cyber-Censorship, celebrated on 12 March, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) …
Discussion: The Guardian and @richards1052
CNN:
Univision's Jorge Ramos, possibly exposed to COVID-19, withdraws as a moderator for Sunday's Democratic debate, which has moved from Arizona to Washington, DC  —  (CNN)The Democratic debate scheduled for Sunday will be moved from Arizona to Washington, DC, the Democratic National Committee announced Thursday.
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: @_brittanyv, @davezatz and Mediaite
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”
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
Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
How Google used anti-fragmentation agreements to prevent TV manufacturers from using Amazon's Fire TV OS in smart TVs  —  The search giant has pressured TV manufacturers not to use Amazon's Fire TV system.  —  Amazon has sold millions of Fire TV streaming devices in recent years …
 
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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
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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