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1:55 PM ET, March 20, 2020


 Top News: 
Foo Yun Chee / Reuters:
Netflix, YouTube, and Amazon Prime Video say they will reduce their streaming quality in EU to reduce traffic on the network, as millions are confined at home  —  BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Alphabet Inc's (GOOGL.O) YouTube said on Friday it will reduce its streaming quality in the European Union …
Financial Times:
EU calls on streaming services such as Netflix and YouTube to limit broadband use and offer programs only in standard, rather than high, definition
Lara O'Reilly / Digiday:
Children's linear TV ratings rise with COVID-19: Cartoon Network's total day viewing grew 58% this week, Disney Channel 43%, Boomerang 31%, and Nickelodeon 25%  —  Children's linear TV ratings have been in a slump for years as children's viewing habits shifted to online streaming, social and gaming platforms.
Discussion: Deadline and @mulvihill79
China's main state-owned distributor to re-release eleven films, from which cinemas will keep all income to help reignite the sector, starting March 20  —  China's main state-owned distributor plans to issue a batch of half a dozen films, from which cinemas will keep all income …
Robert Channick / Chicago Tribune:
SEC filing: Mason Slaine, former CEO of Thomson Financial, takes a 6.9% stake in Tribune Publishing, becoming its third largest shareholder  —  Mason Slaine, an investor and the former CEO of business information publisher Thomson Financial, has acquired a 7% stake in Tribune Publishing …
Discussion: @nina_metz
Jason Leopold / BuzzFeed News:
FBI says FOIA requests must now be made via standard mail, not email, because of coronavirus; the office handling requests is closed “at least until March 30”  —  The bureau said that the global health crisis makes it impossible to process email requests.  People are told to use snail mail instead.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Ampere Analysis study of Disney+ US subscriptions finds 50% of households with kids under 10, 42% with kids under 18, and 41% of 18-24-year-olds are subscribers  —  Disney Plus is one of the few bright spots in the Mouse House's business portfolio amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
Melynda Fuller / MediaPost:
The Week Junior, aimed at kids ages 8-14, launches in the US with the first four issues available for free as PDFs, says it now has 25K paid subscriptions  —  This weekend, Dennis Publishing delivers the first issue of its kids spinoff magazine from The Week, The Week Junior, in-home.
Julia Alexander / The Verge:
YouTube unveils a COVID-19 “news shelf” on its homepage in 16 countries with verified content from authoritative news sources and health officials  —  Pulling from authoritative sources  —  YouTube will introduce a new row of verified videos to its homepage for anyone trying …
Jill Goldsmith / Deadline:
ViacomCBS launches Noggin, its interactive learning subscription for preschoolers, on Apple TV in 25 territories with a free seven-day trial  —  Noggin, Nick Jr.'s interactive learning subscription service for preschoolers, is now available on Apple TV channels on the Apple TV app in 25 territories …
Discussion: The Streamable
Jazmine Hughes / New York Times:
Profile of WNYC radio host Brian Lehrer and his thirty year-old-show, whose mix of sophistication and accessibility fosters a sense of community in New York  —  New York's beloved radio host is part Mister Rogers, part policy wonk.  And he's doing his best to help a city in a pandemic keep its cool.
David Sharman / HoldtheFrontPage:
UK's regional dailies and some weeklies are jointly publishing a message to reassure readers and highlight trusted local news, using the slogan #ThereWithYou  —  The regional press industry has sent a united message of solidarity to the nation with more than 60 titles publishing identical …
Amanda Meade / The Guardian:
The CEO of AAP in Australia delays plans for closing the wire service in June after several unexpected bids emerged to buy the business  —  Australian Associated Press chief executive says a number of offers to buy the service have been received and shareholders will discuss the offer
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Torsten Ingvaldsen / HYPEBEAST:
Report: the total streams for the top 200 most-streamed songs on Spotify dropped in Italy, the US, UK, France, and Spain, as users in the countries self-isolate
Patrick Shanley / Hollywood Reporter:
Verizon: US video game use during peak hours has risen 75% since last week, video streaming has grown 12%, and overall web traffic is up almost 20%
Discussion: The Wrap
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Joshua Benton / Nieman Lab:
Alt-weeklies faced a double blow of ad revenue loss and distribution points closing this week; local magazines and news and arts sites will feel the pain too
Lukas I. Alpert / Wall Street Journal:
Playboy magazine will stop publishing its print edition in the US with its spring issue, due to coronavirus; it will publish special print issues occasionally