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9:15 AM ET, March 23, 2020


 Top News: 
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media must stop live-broadcasting Trump's dangerous, destructive coronavirus briefings  —  More and more each day, President Trump is using his daily briefings as a substitute for the campaign rallies that have been forced into extinction by the spread of the coronavirus.
Kayla Epstein / Business Insider:
After suspending rallies, Trump is using his White House press briefings on the COVID-19 crisis to amplify campaign rhetoric and continue attacks on the media  —  - Social distancing means that President Trump can't hold his signature rallies right now — and might not be able to for months.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
The White House beat, one of the most prestigious jobs in journalism, becomes one of the most anxiety-provoking, while the ranks thin due to social distancing
Ben Smith / New York Times:
Sources: some of Lachlan Murdoch's allies say he lacks the skills and political savvy to do his job, after he stood by while Fox News hosts downplayed COVID-19  —  The 48-year-old Lachlan Murdoch stood by as Fox News hosts played down the danger of the deadly coronavirus to their viewers.
Manish Singh / TechCrunch:
Disney says it has paused the rollout of Disney+ in India, which was set to launch March 29 alongside the now-delayed Indian Premier League cricket season  —  Disney said on Friday that it is postponing the launch of its eponymous streaming service in India, one of the largest entertainment markets …
Bruce Haring / Deadline:
Disney says it will reduce bandwidth use by at least 25% in EU markets where it is launching Disney+ on Mar. 24 and will delay its French launch until Apr. 7  —  Disney+ is cutting back on its bandwidth utilization by 25 percent in the markets where its debuting on March 24.
Júlio Lubianco / Knight Center for Journalism …:
The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked rare collaboration between rival newspapers, which are now publishing identical covers in six Latin American countries  —  The worldwide crisis of the new coronavirus pandemic is spreading a rare wave of collaboration between competing media outlets in Latin America.
Discussion: @rosental
Donie O'Sullivan / CNN:
The websites of CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and CNBC showed ads in the last two weeks for face masks alongside news coverage of COVID-19  —  New York (CNN Business)Some of the country's biggest news organizations are showing ads for face masks on their websites.
Marc Tracy / New York Times:
A look at COVID-19's effect on bigger newsrooms, as journalists work remotely and ad sales fall, even as traffic nearly doubles at sites like NYT, LAT, and WSJ  —  Many journalists are covering a once-in-a-lifetime story from home, thanks to Zoom and Slack.  But as readers flock to large news outlets, ads are starting to disappear.
George P. Slefo / Ad Age:
Despite increased traffic, publishers' ad revenue is down partially because ad tech companies blacklist coronavirus content in the name of brand safety
The New York Times Company:
The New York Times Company acquires Audm, the subscription-based audio app that offers listeners longform articles read by actors and celebrities  —  The New York Times Company has acquired Audm, the subscription-based audio app that offers listeners the world's best longform journalism …
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
UK broadcaster ITV says it is reducing its program budget by £100M amid the COVID-19 pandemic, as sports events are postponed and programs delivered late  —  U.K. broadcaster ITV is reducing its program budget by £100 million ($116 million) in the wake of restrictions imposed by the coronavirus pandemic.
Discussion: Prolific North and CampaignUK
Caitlin Oprysko / Politico:
WHCA postpones the White House Correspondents' dinner scheduled for late April but hopes to hold it in the summer or fall if the COVID-19 threat abates  —  The dinner joins a long list of prominent events that have been postponed or scrapped altogether in light of the coronavirus pandemic.
Discussion: @blakehounshell
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