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1:35 PM ET, March 23, 2020


 Top News: 
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.
Hillel Italie / Associated Press:
Woody Allen's memoir was released by Arcade Publishing; Allen alleges Hachette vowed to publish it despite him “being a toxic pariah and menace to society”  —  NEW YORK (AP) — Woody Allen's memoir, dropped by its original publisher after widespread criticism, has found a new home, The Associated Press has learned.
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
Melynda Fuller / MediaPost:
Time offers Time for Kids to children at home for free amid school closures, the first time it's been available outside classrooms in its 25 years of publishing  —  Time is offering its child-focused spinoff Time for Kids to students, families and teachers at home for free amid the COVID-19 outbreak and school closures.
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.
Todd Spangler / Variety:
FuboTV will become a wholly owned subsidiary of FaceBank, creating a combined company called FuboTV Inc, led by current FuboTV CEO David Gandler  —  Over-the-top TV provider FuboTV is getting a lifeline, in the form of a proposed merger with virtual entertainment company FaceBank Group.
Mike Fleming Jr / Deadline:
A senior segment producer at MSNBC anonymously writes column calling on NBC to shut down 30 Rock, saying the measures the company took are insufficient  —  Editors' Note: With full acknowledgment of the big-picture implications of a pandemic that has already claimed thousands of lives …
Discussion: @kerrymflynn and @oliverdarcy
Etan Vlessing / Hollywood Reporter:
Cineplex says it will temporarily lay off part-time employees during the pandemic; full-time employees to take steep pay cuts with top execs taking 80% pay cuts  —  The Canadian exhibition giant, which has shuttered its theaters, has around 13,000 employees nationwide.
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.
Margaret Sullivan / Washington Post:
The media must stop live-broadcasting Trump's dangerous, destructive coronavirus briefings
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
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
Free magazines Time Out and Stylist temporarily stop their print editions to go digital-only during the pandemic
Discussion: Stylist
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
ViacomCBS Networks International and Sky sign a multi-year deal to make Nick Jr. and NickToons available in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria from April
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
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South Africa enacts regulations criminalizing disinformation about COVID-19 or the government's response to it, with penalties including fines or imprisonment